Health and Sexuality: A Comparison of Daoist and Psychoanalytical Notions of Sexually Based Therapy

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TitleHealth and Sexuality: A Comparison of Daoist and Psychoanalytical Notions of Sexually Based Therapy
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsAlexander, E.
Conference NameSixth International Conference on Daoist Studies: Daoism Today: Science, Health, Ecology
Date Published2010/06/02/
KeywordsSixth International Daoist Studies Conference
Abstract

The acculturation of Daoist Practices into Western countries during the last four decades has created a new scenario of sexual culture, values, beliefs and practices never seen before. Following the banner of sexual liberation and transformation carried by 1970s counterculture, many different systems of theory and practices about sexuality appeared and settled in western countries. In this work I explore two components this world. The Daoist and psychoanalytic models for cultivating a healthy sexual life, and a healthy life through sex. More specifically I analyze Daoist literature, contemporary and classic, and Wilhelm Reich’s Orgonotherapy, considered a psychoanalytic-based therapy. Our main objective is to compare the fundamental notions of a sexual therapy of these two systems. The methodology of study is text analysis.