Commentary on Rotenberg's' Cabalic Sexuality and Creativity' Academic Article uri icon


  • Rotenberg's 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 Rotenberg's 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, Rotenberg's metapsychology of contracting sexuality may contain new and promising directions for handling the sexually perplexing norms permeating Western societies.

publication date

  • January 1, 1995