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Ecstasy: Understanding the Psychology of Joy

Ecstasy: Understanding the Psychology of Joy [Kindle Edition]

Robert A. Johnson

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Robert A. Johnson has taken tens of thousands of readers on spiritual and psychological journeys


Recounts the myth of Dionysus, argues that society has repressed the positive aspects of ecstasy, and discusses intoxication, addiction, dreams, ritual, and ceremony.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 229 KB
  • Print Length: 114 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (21 July 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002FQOI64
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #389,618 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ecstasy 21 Nov 2001
By A Customer - Published on
An Essential guide to understanding why our culture is constantly obssessed with seeking fulfillment that we never achieve.Robert A. Johnson makes us aware of why the esctasy we crave is unattainable in the ways we are seeking it and how to attain it. I have reread this book so many times and always am finding new meaning in it. Johnson is an eloquent and thorough. This book will make you think differently about life.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sheerly enjoyable 5 Jan 1999
By "ds8" - Published on
this is a book to be experienced, to be savored, and read,in between the lines, so that you may recognize the god of joy within. i tried to make the book last as long as i could. johnson has a wonderful way of informing the reader of his/her heritage and gently waking them. all his books are excellant.
28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, But Incomplete 1 May 2005
By John Noodles - Published on
I like Johnson's books--they are good vehicles for the lay person to navigate the complexities of archetypal psychology. This book presents a psycholotgical/cultural interpretation of the Dionysus muths in a simple, direct, and usually-insightful manner.

The author sometimes uses too-broad strokes, trotting out wild generalizations about cultural phenomena that seem a little too superficial, a little too pat to be wholly convincing.

Also, if you are looking for a *practical* book, this probably isn't it. The chapter on using the Dionysus myth in your own life is woefully thin, which the author admits right off the bat. In fact, he refers you to his earlier book, Inner Works, for a more detailed, specific method of practical applications. That said, Johnson's thin volumes (this one is about 90 pages), really need to be read and used in conjunction with that book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 26 April 2009
By Internet Safe - Published on
Some of Mr Johnson's ideas seem a little simplistic. But his theory of honoring the Dionysion side of ourselves and culture would probably be therapeutic and healing. His examples of this are worth reading.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Profound 18 Dec 2011
By Debra L. Fitzgerald - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have enjoyed many of Robert Johnson's books, but ECSTASY might be my favorite. Johnson sheds light on the current psychological shortcomings of western culture that has spread worldwide. He helps remind us that everything we need is within us and that looking outside of ourselves for joy merely provides a string of quick fixes that cannot sustain us. Well worth a read! Debra
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