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Facing the Complexities of Women's Sexual Desire

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Background and Explanations

  3. The Women in Context

  4. Toward Resolution

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 194-228

About this book

Introduction

Whether they involve excess, a decrease, or complete absence, problems of sexual desire drive women to consult sex therapists, couples counselors, and other practitioners (to say nothing of self-help books and talk-show hosts). Facing the Complexities of Women’s Sexual Desire, by veteran sex therapist Vera Sonja Maass, is one of the few books to address these intimate phenomena in practical clinical detail.

-Background chapters outline the often-conflicting factors influencing women’s sexuality and sexual response, both biological (e.g., hormones, pregnancy) and sociocultural (e.g., media images, double standards)

-"The Woman in Context" section explores individual characteristics and symptoms as manifested in relationships, particularly as terms of interpersonal styles and power dynamics

-Case histories and vignettes, from a wide range of women, illustrate different aspects of desire, desire disorders, and treatment options

-Current theories and therapies relevant to problems of desire are covered in depth

-An effective cognitive-behavioral model is applied in solo, couples, group, and single-sided relationship therapy settings

Its specialized focus makes Facing the Complexities of Women’s Sexual Desire an important addition to the bookshelf of sex and marriage therapists, clinical and women’s health psychologists, and students planning to enter these areas. And Maass has kept the book free of jargon so the non-professional reader, too, can make the most of her advice.

Keywords

Encounter Exploration Therapie conflict identity intervention marriage sexuality therapy women

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Living Skills Institute, Inc.46240-2366USA

About the authors

Vera Sonja Maass is a psychologist in private practice as well as a consulting psychologist to the Grey Clinic, Indianapolis, Indiana. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling at University of Missouri-Kansas City and is certified in marriage and family therapy and mental health counseling.

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Reviews

From the reviews:

"Something of riveting interest in almost every chapter.... vignettes well done and often poignant.... analysis clear and immediately accessible.... a lovely offering."

Edward Shorter, Hannah Professor of the History of Medicine, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Canada

"I need to know more about the biology of sex, especially in women, and it was that part of Facing the Complexities of Women's Sexual Desire that I found most useful. … The essence of the book is many brief descriptions of important issues, along with some longer discussions as well. The brief descriptions make this a very readable book … . Overall, this is a terrific book that is sure to tell the reader new things about women’s sexuality." (Russell Eisenman, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 52 (39), 2007)