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The Adonis Complex: The Secret Crisis of Male Body Obsession

Pope, Harrison;Phillips, Katharine;Olivardia, Roberto Ph.D.

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ISBN 10: 0684869101 / ISBN 13: 9780684869100
Editorial: The Free Press, New York, 2000
Usado Condición: Very Good Encuadernación de tapa dura
Librería: G. A. Gleeson (Cheltenham, VIC, Australia)

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This book reveals the hidden signs of 'the Adonis Complex': comulsive weighlifting & exercise regimes: body dysmorphic disorder; eating disorders; steroid abuse; and offer a down-to earth program for change. Cancelled library book with usual stamps, stickers and marks. Protective cover. 286pp.,b/w Illus. N° de ref. de la librería 002099

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Título: The Adonis Complex: The Secret Crisis of ...

Editorial: The Free Press, New York

Año de publicación: 2000

Encuadernación: Hard Cover

Condición del libro:Very Good

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Very Good

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Combining case studies with scientific research, this book reveals a threat that is as serious as the beauty myth for women or anorexia nervosa for girls. Growing numbers of young men are taking the quest for perfect muscles, skin and hair too far, crossing the line from normal interest to abnormal obsession. The symptoms of this body obsession, excessive workouts, steroid abuse, eating disorders, and body and muscle dysmorphic disorder lead to problems with sex and intimacy, relationships and work. This book shows what men really think and feel about their bodies, so no-one need suffer alone.


You see them everywhere. With their bulging arms and deltoids and pecs, not to mention their rippling abdominal muscles, they appear on magazine covers, in underwear ads, in action movies. And American men have noticed them; after a generation of being bombarded by images of idealized male physiques, men are growing increasingly insecure about their own appearance.

The authors have studied everything from bodybuilders to Playgirl centerfolds and concluded that the images presented to men and women have gotten steadily more muscular. As a result of this bombardment of pumped-up male imagery, American men have been developing eating disorders, working out to the point of obsession, and taking steroids. None of this is for health or sports performance but rather to develop a physique that matches those seen on the cover of Muscle & Fitness or in the next squat rack over.

Another consequence is a condition the authors call "muscle dysmorphia," also known as "reverse anorexia" or just "bigorexia." In this, men who are large and muscular look in the mirror and see someone who is puny and frail. So they pump iron and eat and take steroids and swell to ever-larger proportions, while being too ashamed of their bodies to take off their sweatshirts at the beach.

The authors postulate that all this has to do with the rising power of women in society. To back this up, they produce timelines showing how women's-rights milestones correlate with increasing images of men as sex objects.

What's the solution? The authors list some Web sites to help men suffering from the Adonis Complex to find therapists familiar with the problem. Sometimes antidepressants can work. But for most people, the answer is to understand that the images of perfect male physiques they see are unattainable, and that no one really expects them to look like that anyway. --Lou Schuler

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