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"This book is about taking the head off an evil witch."

Addiction to Perfection:
The Still Unravished Bride

La Mariee by Marc Chagall
A Psychological Study
by Marion Woodman

Approved for 8 hours of continuing education


Suggesting that many men and women are addicted in one way or another because the patriarchal culture emphasizes specialization and perfection, Woodman proposes the recognition of the Jungian ideal of wholeness rather than perfection as the goal of psychological development. She examines the rituals of compulsive consumption and the split between body and spirit, whose healing requires the recovery of a feminine ground of being in which the language of the body itself must be heard. Her topics include

sacred and demonic ritual;
addiction to perfection;
obesity and anorexia;
assent to the goddess (the Great Mother);
rape and the demon lover; and
the ravished bride (on the integration of unconscious contents and the acceptance of one's own biological and spiritual identity).

The nature of the feminine is explored through case histories, dreams, mythology and literature, food rituals, body imagery, sexuality, and creativity.
Source: Cross Currents: An Annotated Bibliography http://www.cgjungpage.org/cc11.html

Please join us in this 8 unit course.

It is, quite simply, a powerful and authoritative look at the psychology of modern women, examining dreams, mythology, food rituals, body imagery, sexuality and creativity.

“The true feminine is the receptacle of love. The true masculine is the spirit that goes into the eternal unknown in search of meaning....Without the true masculine spirit and the true feminine love within, no inner life exists. If we try to make perfection outside, try to concretize our unconscious inner ideal, we kill our imagination. We are left holding life in our rigid molds. to be free is to break the stone images and allow life and love to flow.”

"This book is about a beheading. It has been hewn out of the hard rock of addiction to perfection. Repeatedly, I had done battle with the black crow sitting on my left shoulder croaking, 'It isn't good enough. You haven't anything new to say. You don't say it well enough.'"


Learning Objectives

In this 8 unit course clinicians will understand:

1. the concept of integration of dark and light; masculine and feminine;
2. how "addiction to perfection" leads to eating disorders and other compulsive behaviors;
3. the importance of ritual in the transformation of eating disorders and other addictions;
4. the concept of the body as a sacred vessel.


This course consists of a post-test based upon reading the text. There is no online material to read. After you pass the post-test, you may print out your own certificate.


is approved by the:

CA BBS - California Board of Behavioral Science accepts our CE Provider Approvals through APA, NASW, and NBCC. Course meets the qualifications for hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Science
Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, Mental Health Counseling (BAP 753 )
ISST/STA - International Society for Sandplay Therapy/Sandplay Therapists of America
NAADAC - The Association for Addiction Professionals (#575)
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Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors (#1761)
The Texas Board of Social Work Examiners (#6246)

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Your test will be graded online, so the moment you have passed, you may print out your certificate of completion.

That's it! You are done!

To receive credit students must
  • register for the course (order on-line or call toll-free 888-777-3773),, after which you will receive the Post-Test. 
  • the cost of the course is $88, the book is additional
  • read Addiction to Perfection: The Still Unravished Bride - A Psychological Study by Marion Woodman

* Hardcover: 204 pages ;
* Publisher: Inner City Books; (April 1988)
* ISBN: 0919123112


  • Pass the post-test
  • Upon passing the test, print your own certificate of completion

Marion Woodman is a Jungian analyst, teacher and author of The Owl Was a Baker's Daughter, Addiction to Perfection: The Still Unravished Bride, The Pregnant Virgin: A Process of Psychological Transformation, The Ravaged Bridegroom: Masculinity in Women, Leaving My Father's House: A Journey to Conscious Femininity, Conscious Femininity: Interviews, Dancing in the Flames: The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness (with Elinor Dickson), Coming Home to Myself (with Jill Mellick), The Maiden King (with Robert Bly), and Bone: Dying into Life.

Quotes from Addiction to Perfection

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