Commentary on Rotenbergs “Cabalic Sexuality and Creativity”

Eliezer Witztum

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Rotenbergs grand theory hypothesizes that the “emanation” cosmogony (creation myth) predominating in the West may have disseminated a unilateral physical and aggressive style of “phallic-erective” sexuality, whereas the cabalic “contraction” myth entails a bilateral space-evacuating unification model encompassing spiritual sexuality. Although Rotenbergs dichotomizing over-generalizations seem to miss the less aggressive-assertive sexual norms that may prevail in Islamic and Catholic countries and although his clinical illustrations are not sufficiently convincing, Rotenbergs metapsychology of “contracting” sexuality may contain new and promising directions for handling the sexually perplexing norms permeating Western societies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-249
Number of pages5
JournalThe International Journal for the Psychology of Religion
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Oct 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Psychology (all)


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