By Ann Mankowitz

What's the menopause? Is it a major and the most important occasion? the aim of this ebook is to supply a few solutions to many questions, whereas holding a mental specialise in one menopausal woman's event and what she realized approximately herself through paying shut cognizance to her goals.

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About a month before her first big dream she felt herself to be less "in pieces"; she also had a sense of the interior of her body as being a part of her unconscious and involved in the process of growing consciousness.  Rachel gave them their titles.  but round at the back of the house there is new grass growing, and that gives me hope.  The overall color of this tableau is a sort of brownish green.  I'm horrified by the gruesomeness and can hardly bear to look.  I bash at the wall in front of me; it splinters and breaks quite easily, like an eggshell, and I burst through it into the sunlight at the back of the house.

She had had some early narcissistic problems in growing out of a merger relationship with her mother, whose eye had gleamed a little too brightly and too long at her daughter, but once through the uncertainties of adolescence the more critical eyes of the outside world had modified her self­image.  She smashed the mirror and stormed out to organize the elimination of the dreaded rival who had ousted her and captured the crown of beauty, which is power over men and also the source of auto­erotic gratification between a woman and her reflection.

In many parts of America and Europe there is a more direct Page 52 challenge to the middle­aged woman, resulting from the increased pace of technological and consumerist developments in society, from which sex is not immune.  When the sexuality of a woman ceased to serve both the purposes of reproduction and her husband's legitimate marital pleasure, then any postmenopausal desire on her part was seen as both undignified and unnatural.  This was all very well, but the dissemination of this good news came at a time when it could have some counterproductive effects.

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