Escaping the Self: Alcoholism, Spirituality, Masochism and Other Flights from the Burden of Selfhood (Hardback)
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Escaping the Self: Alcoholism, Spirituality, Masochism and Other Flights from the Burden of Selfhood (Hardback)

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Hardback 268 Pages / Published: 03/10/1991
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Overwhelmed by the demands of creating and maintaining a positive self-image in their personal and professional lives, some people are taking to escapist practices - drug and alcohol use is increasing, suicide rates are rising, exotic and foreign cults are flourishing. Why is it that there is such a strong urge to escape in a people as blessed as the middle classes? This book presents a view of the darkest side of human nature - showing how powerful experiences from religious ecstasy to bulimia can relieve the burden of maintaining a personal identity. Filled with lively examples and incisive analysis, this book enhances our understanding of behaviour both familiar and baffling.

Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 9780465020539
Number of pages: 268
Weight: 1134 g
Dimensions: 145 x 220 x 33 mm

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