Eros, the Little Death

From Awakening the Heroes Within: 12 Archetypes To Help Us Find Ourselves and Transform Our World by Dr Carol Pearson

The Elizabethan understanding of the orgasm as a “little death” also makes that connection, perhaps because sexual passion that includes orgasm involves surrender of control, the temporary suspension of the Ego – a suspension that the Ego may both desire and find threatening. Committing to another person or a work also limits choice, involving death or loss of options. Any time we find ourselves entirely smitten by an object of erotic love, we lose Ego control – a fact that sends many men an not an insignificant number of women into almost uncontrollable panic. (p 151)

Eros is the passion that results when Soul and Body are in accord. (p 150)