Willy Pasini

Jealousy Publication date : April 30, 2004

The sexual revolution of the 1960s undermined fidelity as well as jealousy, both of which were regarded as out-dated bourgeois concepts. Since then, jealousy has become “unacceptable” - something that should be hidden because it is somehow shameful.
But what if jealousy were intrinsic to human nature, asks Willy Pasini. What if it were an essential part of all of us - a “disease” that some of us develop while others remain “healthy carriers”?
If jealousy concerns all of us, argues Pasini, we must accept its reality, learn not to be afraid of it and put an end to our feelings of shame and embarrassment. That is the first step. The second step consists in trying to “educate” our feelings of jealousy, instead of denying them. We can do this by playing with allusions and illusions, with the extraordinary - and forgotten - power of flirtation, with the lightness of being.
Here is a book that should help turn jealousy into a positive factor - and even into an aphrodisiac.

A psychiatrist and sexologist, Willy Pasini is the author of many best-selling books, including À quoi sert le couple? and Les Nouveau Comportements sexuels, both published by Editions Odile Jacob.