The Deep Psychology of BDSM and Kink by  Douglas Thomas

The Deep Psychology of BDSM and Kink by  Douglas Thomas

This fascinating volume investigates how the concept of soul is connected to BDSM and kink, exploring the world of alternative sexualities through the psychology of C. G. Jung and James Hillman as readers are guided on a provocative and lively journey through darker aspects of the sexual imagination. 

Contextualized both in sexual history and contemporary events, the book unveils surprising points of correspondence between the tortured fantasy images of Jung’s The Red Book and the modern world of BDSM, and describes from Hillman’s psychology a soul-centered perspective that affirms the psychological value of fantasy images animating our human lives. The book also considers the collective archetypal sources of historical trauma which have provided inspiration to some of the more disquieting aspects of BDSM and details how the deep psychology of BDSM creates a space in the modern world to ethically engage these practices. Kinksters and BDSM practitioners will discover a psychological language that clarifies and affirms why these activities and relationships can be so intensely intimate, pleasurable, and transformative.

Psychotherapists and enthusiasts of Jungian and archetypal psychology will find fresh insights here that support the practice of BDSM as a form of individuation and a path for bringing soul into the world.