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Women, Sex and Addiction: A Search for Love and Power Hardcover – Jun 1989

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (T); First Edition edition (June 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899195199
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899195193
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 7.4 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 771 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #423,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Certain women (and men) use sex addictively as a substitute for love, nurture or power, according to Minneapolis psychologist Kasl. Crammed with case histories, diagrams and therapeutic suggestions, this study draws on her work with members of two organizations: Sex Addicts Anonymous, a support group modeled on the Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step program, and Codependents of Sex Addicts, a group for partners of so-called sex addicts, especially women who allow themselves to be used sexually in order to preserve a relationship. Kasl tends to find this purported disease or its symptoms virtually everywhere ("Codependency is a devastating disease"; some women have "sexually addictive flirtations at work"). But she distills a great deal of common sense and therapeutic wisdom into her presentation, as she connects women's sexual neuroses to survival mechanisms evolved to cope with childhood wounds of incest, abuse, sexual shame and negative programming about being female. Many will support her view of all forms of addiction (sex, booze, food, work, etc.) as a misguided search for spiritual fulfillment.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"Probably the single most significant text to date regarding women and sex addiction." -- --Edward Armstrong, National Association of Sex Addiction Problems --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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As an addictions counselor who specializes in women's issues, I have found this book amazingly insightful into the addictive and co-addictive experience of women. Everyone I know who has read this book considers it no less than pheomenal (and often times a life-saver). It should be required reading for any woman in recovery. Even those who initially identify themselves as "only" abusing alcohol/drugs/food have found their core issues reflected in this book. Substance abuse is simply a more socially acceptable mask to hide issues of unhealthy sexuality. People don't ususally talk about these core issues, even with a counselor. Sometimes you have to read this kind of information privately first and assimilate it at your own pace before you are ready to discuss it with another human being. This is a great book to read to get that work started.
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I'll keep this short:
The book helps one understand why people do the things they do, feel the way they feel.
I highly recommend this book to anyone wishing to learn more about themselves, and others, why we sometimes hang on to bad relationships, get stuck, how we can overcome our self-induced suffering, our perfectly human feelings we fall victims to, and become better people, with more self-confidence and self-understanding, and opening the door to happier lives spent with the right people.

Criticism: the author repeats herself a lot, which lengthens the book quite a bit. I'd overcome this by just breezing through it with a confidence that anything missed will be reiterated elsewhere, but I would fear this may make me miss something that is important and not reiterated elsewhere. (got that?)
In short, anyone suffering, struggling with what to do next, wondering if there's a way out, if there's a better life (relationship-wise), or just wishing to better understand one's feelings, this book is a must read. If you had to read just one book, take this one.
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By A Customer on Jan. 22 1999
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Women, Sex, and Addiction is so packed with insight and wisdom that it is to be consumed in small sips so that it may be absorbed completely into ones consciousness. WSAA, along with therapy, has brought me through co-dependency to a life of hope and light. Charlotte Kasl, in her compassion and wisdom, speaks to the mind and heart, and inspires us to be the children of light we are at our core. I believe that everyone should read this book if they desire insight into human behaviour and the complexities of relationships. What I especially value is Kasl's weaving of her own personal responses and experiences into the tapestry of the odyssey of her clients. She demonstrates great humility, integrity, and compassion in her writing__as well as in-depth knowledge as a practicing therapist.
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I really enjoyed this look at sexual addiction and codependency in women, and how the two are intertwined. Indeed, I enjoyed the entire holistic approach to these twin problems. Much of what Dr. Kasl said really hit home, and I found I gained a lot of insight into my own problems. I also liked that this book treated sexuality as a friend, and something to be treasured. It's too easy for people in recovery from sexual addiction and codependency to ignore their sexual side altogether, and that is a dangerous place to be. This book should be required reading in sexual addiction 12-step groups, for both men and women.
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By A Customer on May 26 2000
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This is a great book. The amazing thing is each time I read it; I will have couple of spiritual moments that guides me toward the fullness of my life. I am not a sex addict but this book helps me realize the deeper meaning of my life and how sacred it is to find our true selves. I read it very slow because there's so many good stuff in each page and I really don't want to miss any of them.
Can't wait for her next book coming.
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By A Customer on April 22 2002
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As a therapist, I have found this to be the best book addressing the issues of female sex addicts and female codependency. It is affirming, thorough, and healing. Furthermore, it adds the spiritual dimension to the healing process and veers away from "clinical" findings. I recommend it to all of my clients who suffer from problems with sexual addiction and codependency.
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I am in a 12 step program. (SLAA) I have almost 11 years of sobriety. This book is required reading for anyone that I sponsor, male or female. In my opinion, This book is the most important single thing I ever got in my recovery. It made me see that women are people too. That was a major break through. Thank you.
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This book is amazing. Since reading it about a month ago, I bought two more copies and had them sent to a couple of my friends who are gong through some hard times.
I think this is a book that every woman should read.
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