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Reviews of "Sex, Drugs, and Creativity" by Dustin Kahoud and Danielle Knafo

News Date: Monday, October 8, 2018 - 12:15

“The existentialist have proposed that the lot for us humans is one of infinite thirst juxtaposed to essential limitation. Kahoud and Knafo understand this well. They trace the vicissitudes of this aspect of our human nature to earliest phases of childhood development. The authors stress the importance of omnipotent fantasies and attitudes as defenses against a sense of impermanence and powerlessness. The book is well written and clear, free of obscuring jargon, and offers critically important psychodynamic understanding to explain how sex, drugs, and creativity can become such a compelling force in the lives of susceptible individuals.”
                       - Edward J. Khantzian, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Author, Treating Addiction as a Human Process
“This book is a tour de force! With delicious writing, it explores the relationships among early trauma, existential dread, omnipotent fantasy, and sexuality, drugs, and creativity. The reader learns how omnipotent fantasy is expressed in perversion, addiction, and creativity and how particular responses to our existential dilemmas can transform self-defeating behavior into positive, creative activity. Kahoud and Knafo led me to reflect deeply on how those dynamics operate within me and are relevant to my work with patients. I highly recommend this book.”
                       - Andrew Tatarsky, PhD; Author, Harm Reduction Psychotherapy; A New Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Problems

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