Passionate Marriage: Love, Sex, and Intimacy in Emotionally Committed Relationships

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1997 - Family & Relationships - 432 pages
Has sex with your partner become routine or unfulfilling? Can you say just what you want in bed or let your partner really see you during an orgasm? Spicing up your love life involves more than mood music and clever techniques. Every sexual exchange, from kissing to daring erotic behaviors, is a picture of your entire relationship--a reflection of how you and your partner feel about yourselves, and each other, outside the bedroom.

As renowned sex and marital therapist David Schnarch reveals in this revolutionary book, keeping passion and intimacy alive requires facing the anxiety of defining yourself while getting closer to your partner. Sexual encounters provide perfect opportunities to do this and to develop the strength to love deeply.

Mixing humor and compassion, Schnarch describes couples' explicit sexual encounters and dramatic therapy sessions to demonstrate how they found personal, marital, and sexual fulfillment far greater than they ever dreamed possible. He goes beyond simply curing sexual dysfunctions to help people achieve their sexual potential. In this invigorating look at adult sex, he seeks to bring out the best in each of us.
 

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User Review  - anderlawlor - LibraryThing

After reading some of this book I began evaluating various love songs and romantic comedies as "differentiated" or "undifferentiated." Guess which one's better? If you don't know, I guess you have to read the book! Read full review

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User Review  - trais - Overstock.com

The CD is a summary of the book and touches on most of the cornerstones of the book. I listen to this every year or so and hear new things each time. Great for road trips with your honey. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
13
Nobodys Ready for MarriageMarriage Makes
49
Electric Sex
75
Intimacy Is Not for the Faint of Heart
101
Who Wants to Want?
127
TOOLS FOR CONNECTION
155
It Isnt What
261
OBSERVATIONS ON THE PROCESS
289
Your Crucible Survival Guide
322
Reaching Critical Mass
354
Sex Love and Death
382
Referral Information
409
Index
427
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About the author (1997)

David Schnarch, PhD, a licensed clinical psychologist and certified sex therapist, directs the Marriage and Family Health Center in Evergreen, Colorado. He is the author of Constructing the Sexual Crucible and Resurrecting Sex.

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