Impossible Love: Or Why the Heart Must Go Wrong

Overview

Some love affairs mark our lives forever. Whether we call them la grande passion, tragic romance, or l'amour fou, they remain indelible because they are impossible. Why do we fall in love at the wrong time, in the wrong place, and with the wrong person? Why do we put up with the anxiety, the pain, the shame, and the longing never fulfilled?

This brilliant book explores the nature of these "marvelous disasters" and finds a deeper necessity in the betrayals, taboos, and excesses ...

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Overview

Some love affairs mark our lives forever. Whether we call them la grande passion, tragic romance, or l'amour fou, they remain indelible because they are impossible. Why do we fall in love at the wrong time, in the wrong place, and with the wrong person? Why do we put up with the anxiety, the pain, the shame, and the longing never fulfilled?

This brilliant book explores the nature of these "marvelous disasters" and finds a deeper necessity in the betrayals, taboos, and excesses of impossible love. Using perhaps the greatest of all tragic romances-the passion between Héloise and Abelard-as a psychological scaffold, Jan Bauer examines the erotic structures of irresistible attraction with love stories from the lives of men and women today. This is an exceptional study of love's chaotic mystery.

Jan Bauer, author of Women and Alcoholism, is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Montreal. She holds degrees from Zürich, Boston, and Paris and has taught in Tunisia as well as the University of Montreal. She has served as chair of Admissions as well as Training Director for the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. Bauer is currently President of the Association of Jungian Psychoanalysts of Quebec.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781626549739
  • Publisher: Echo Point Books & Media
  • Publication date: 6/6/2013
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 384,393
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. I Abelard and Heloise: Lovers Who Did It Wrong and Lived to Tell Their Tale
Ch. 1 The Background 13
Ch. 2 Their Story 19
Ch. 3 A Look at Their Relationship 34
Ch. 4 A War of Religion: His Versus Hers 44
Ch. 5 Creativity and Paradise Lost 51
Pt. II Taboo and Hypocrisy: Impossible Love - The Social Context
Ch. 6 Impossible Love, Mystery, and Taboo 59
Ch. 7 Sex, Love, and Hypocrisy 76
Pt. III Intimations of Immortality: Impossible Love and Religious Experience
Ch. 8 The Light Above 89
Ch. 9 The Darkness Below 97
Ch. 10 Splitting, Verticality, Religious Experience 106
Pt. IV Long-Forgotten Dramas: Impossible Love and Personal Psychology
Ch. 11 The Universal Wounds of Childhood 117
Ch. 12 Ann's Story: Impossible Love in the Twentieth Century 135
Ch. 13 The Conjunction and Shadow: The Desired and Repressed in Our Psyches 163
Pt. V The Mystery of Amor
Ch. 14 The End: Coming Back and Letting Go 183
Notes 199
Bibliography 205
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