Sex and Self-Respect: The Quest for Personal Fulfillment

Sex and Self-Respect: The Quest for Personal Fulfillment

by Philip M. Helfaer


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Not just another book about sexual abuse, this book explores the possibility of the hard but real journey to self-respect. It is an in-depth approach to understanding the individual's experience in sexual love, and an exploration of the nature of the self and sexuality. Describing a wide range of violations of sexuality and the resulting injuries to self-respect, it has the theoretical and clinical depth to be useful to professionals, while written in language accessible to the lay reader. The necessity of bringing in the body is examined and the text offers an experientially relevant way of conceptualizing bodily processes (bioenergetics) in sexuality and the self. This work affords new avenues for understanding the possibilities of the evolution of the self in adult life, and of child development toward the rebirth of self-respect and the development of a sexual ethic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275961855
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/30/1998
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.63(d)
Lexile: 1230L (what's this?)

About the Author

PHILIP M. HELFAER, Ph.D, maintains an independent psychological and bioenergetic practice. He is a member of the Faculty of the International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis, and teaches in Israel and Norway, as well as the United States.

Table of Contents


Toward an Organismic Theory of the Self

Sex and Self-Respect in Personal Fulfillment

Identification with the Genital

Seeing the Person: Bioenergetic Analysis

Violations of Sexuality

The Sexual Misery of Our Time

Genital Incest Desires

Sexual Craziness versus Sexual Passion

Shock, Genital Injury, and Dissociation

The Hated Child

Shame and Guilt

Toward a Self-Respecting Sexuality

The Vital Connection

A Facilitating Environment for Self-Respect

The Individual in the Couple

Living One's Sexuality



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