For over a decade, Rekindling Desire has helped to restore and affirm pleasure-oriented sexuality for thousands of people. Drawing on respected therapist Barry McCarthy’s extensive knowledge and experience, this updated third edition offers strategies and solutions for no-sex relationships and low sexual desire.
Contained within are psychosocial sexual skill exercises that will develop communication and confidence, as well as fascinating case studies that illustrate a wide range of couples’ sexual frustrations. The shame, embarrassment, and hesitancy that individuals feel with themselves, and the resentment and blame they can feel towards their sexual partners, are explored and put into context. With an individualized relapse prevention plan to ensure sexual gains are maintained and built upon, the book encourages couples to work as a team to minimize guilt and maximize intimacy.
Rekindling Desire, 3rd edition fully celebrates female and male sexuality, challenges inhibitions and avoidance, and promotes satisfying, secure, and sexual relationships. Whether you are married, cohabitating, or dating, it will help renew sexual desire and empower people of all sexual orientations and ages on the path towards healthy, pleasure-oriented sexuality.
1. When and Why Couples Lose Sexual Desire 2. Whose Problem Is It? Hers, His, or Ours? 3. Turnoffs: Poisons for Sexual Desire 4. Finding Your Voice: Celebrating Female Sexuality 5. The New Male Sexuality: Confronting Autonomous Sex Performance 6. Being an Intimate Sexual Team: Discovering Your Couple Sexual Style 7. Building Anticipation: Bridges to Sexual Desire 8. Attachment: Enhancing Intimacy 9. Nondemand Pleasuring: Let’s Play Touchy-Feely 10. Challenging Inhibitions and Avoidance: Be Sexually Presence 11. Creating Erotic Scenarios: Vital Sexuality 12. Maintaining Gains: Keeping Sexuality Vital and Satisfying 13. Intimate Attachment: Enhancing Your Bond 14. The Erotic Marriage: Lusting for Life 15. Valuing A Satisfying, Secure and Sexual Relationship