The Madonna Complex - Peter Sacco





7 & 21 November 2022 Live & On Demand


UK: 17:00 – 20:00
North America: 12:00 – 15:00 EDT / 9:00 – 12:00 PDT

CPD & CE credits available: 6

TRAINING information

This online training is streaming live on the 7th & 21st November 2022.

The digital recording will be released to all participants on the 9th & 23rd November. The recording and associated resources will then be accessible through your Essential Therapy Training account for 365 days.


Have you ever heard of the Madonna complex? It has nothing to do with Madonna the entertainer.  It is not some catchy “pop” psychology concept which sprung up overnight. Its legacy can be traced back to Sigmund Freud, the great Psychoanalyst and his psychosexual theories. The Madonna complex asserts that some men choose not to have sex with their spouses, or cheat on them because they are just not “sexually/physically” into them! They perceive them more like a mother figure– holding them in some spiritually reverent light.

The attributes of the Madonna complex can be traced back to both European and Latin American roots. Marianismo is a term often linked to the Madonna complex. Marianismo also asserts that women are the physically weaker, gentle, docile and the passive gender. Then there is ‘Misogyny’, the other side of the Madonna complex coin. Misogyny is a loathing and hatred for women by men and even other women–just because they are female!

Within the Madonna complex, sex after marriage defiles the expectations of what a wife is supposed to be and often times the relationship develops major functional issues.  Infidelity often occurs due to sex and intimacy issues. Many males possessing this complex prefer; porn, strip clubs, massage parlours and escorts/prostitutes to satiate their sexual urges, hungers and fantasies. This is ‘okay’ in their minds because they have perpetuated a rationalization that they really are not cheating.

The ramifications lead many women to ‘blame’ themselves for being unattractive, or not ‘sexy’. So many women can’t compete with fantasies created from watching porn, or seeing girls in strip clubs, which is rampant among men, and a huge killer of marriages and relationships.

This workshop discusses the etiology, symptomology and ramifications of the Madonna Complex. It offers unique explanations for infidelity in marriages, and how ‘personality’ and learn behaviour plays into the complexity.

All participants will receive a free copy of The Madonna Complex book, as well as a link to the award-winning documentary

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will:

  1. Assess the Madonna Complex theories with respect to how they inform the understanding and assessment of this phenomenon. The major theories include psychoanalytic, neo-analytic, biological, behavioural, cognitive and trait, humanistic and interactionist
  2. Examine influences across the human lifespan and the reciprocal relationship and its differential effects in the development of the Madonna Complex
  3. Integrate theoretical perspectives of personality to develop a bio-psycho-social-spiritual lens to understand and treat it


First Session

  • A history of the Madonna Complex based on Freudian and Cognitive theories
  • The influence of culture and media in the perpetuation, creation and condoning of the complex.
  • Marianismo versus Misogyny—the dichotomies, paradoxes and influences of the two

Second Session

  • Infidelity in marriages today
  • How social media fosters and perpetuates the ability to ‘cheat’ and believe it is not cheating
  • The ‘new’ version of The Madonna Complex—homosexual encounters as an alternative way
  • The Madonna Complex as a sex addiction and what are the steps to correct it

About the Speaker

Peter Andrew Sacco is doctor of social psychology residing in Canada. He is the author of 30 plus books—fiction and non-fiction, which have published on 4 continents. Sacco is a resident expert and regular of Top 50 USA radio and TV markets including Fox, CBS, ABC, ESPN, Coast to Coast, iHeart, seen and heard on over 100 other major radio and TV networks. He is award-winning director, writer, cinematographer & executive producer, with more than 250 film awards and accolades. Sacco is the former host of the hit TV series Matters of the Mind, radio series Mental Health Matters. He is currently host of the new award-winning TV series Historical Niagara. Sacco is also the author of more than 800 articles (self-help and fiction) appearing in major news media world- wide, and he has also won awards for best university professor.


CPD & CE credits available: 6

How do I receive these credits?

The participant must pass the multiple-choice test with a minimum score of 80%. There is a maximum of three attempts to achieve this.

The post-test is included in the price of the training.

Does my regulatory body accept the credits?

The CPD & CE credits awarded can be used towards your declaration to any governing regulatory body in your state or country, provided the content is relevant to your discipline.

Our trainings are accredited by:

– The CPD Group, London
– Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
– Australian Counselling Association

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The Madonna Complex - Peter Sacco

7 & 21 November 2022 Live & On Demand

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