Written by experienced practitioners in the fields of addiction and psychoanalysis, and illustrated by a range of moving vignettes, this groundbreaking book examines the psychological foundations of addiction in the areas of food, sex, gambling, internet usage, shopping, and work.

This book not only explores the roots of addictive behavior, explaining why popular treatment options such as the 12-Step Program often fail, it also provides insights for emotional resolution and strategies for behavioral change.

Beyond the Primal Addiction seeks to understand rather than pathologize addictive behaviours, now so pervasive in contemporary societies. It will be essential reading for psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, and other mental health professionals, as well as their clients.

chapter |2 pages


part |18 pages


chapter Chapter 1|16 pages

A general psychoanalytic theory of addiction

part |111 pages

Six syndromes

chapter Chapter 2|23 pages

Food addiction

chapter Chapter 3|11 pages

Sex addiction

chapter Chapter 4|16 pages

Gambling addiction

chapter Chapter 5|23 pages

Shopping addiction

chapter Chapter 6|19 pages

Internet addiction

chapter Chapter 7|17 pages

Work addiction

part |20 pages


chapter Chapter 8|18 pages

Addictions without drugs