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For Yourself: The Fulfillment of Female Sexuality (Signet) Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1995


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An excellent, reassuring book for women and their partners. It carries the woman along step-by-step in the rediscovery of her own sexuality and the pleasure it will bring her. Liberated or not, single or married, young or old, all women will find this book accessible and supportive. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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An excellent, reassuring book for women and their partners. It carries the woman along step-by-step in the rediscovery of her own sexuality and the pleasure it will bring her. Liberated or not, single or married, young or old, all women will find this book accessible and supportive. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Signet
  • Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (June 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451166817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451166814
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,697,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Lonnie Barbach is considered the Dear Abby of sexuality and relationships for the baby boom generation. From For Yourself: The Fulfillment of Female Sexuality to The Pause: Positive Approaches to Perimenopause and Menopause, Dr. Barbach has guided countless women through the stages of sexual discovery. Her practical and sage advice is characterized by unjudgmental warmth, always with an emphasis on self-determination and pleasure.

Her work as a couple's therapist for more than three decades and the publication of Going the Distance: Finding and Keeping Lifelong Love crafted with David Geisinger, Ph.D., her partner of 25 years, has defined Dr. Barbach as an acknowledged expert on intimate relationships.

As one of the first co-directors of clinical training at the University of California San Francisco, Human Sexuality Progam, Dr. Barbach created the women's preorgasmic group treatment program. Considered a pioneer in her field, her dozen books, translated into an equal number of languages, have sold over 4 million copies in the U.S. alone. She is a life member of the American Psychological Association, a member of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists and an elected member of the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health.

Dr Barbach has appeared on hundreds of local radio and television programs as well as most nationally televised talk shows, many several times, including Oprah, Good Morning America, The Today Show, CBS Morning News, and Charlie Rose. She had her own bimonthly segment on San Francisco's KPIX Morning Show for more than 18 months.

Dr. Barbach's contracted advice columns have appeared in Playgirl Magazine, New Woman Magazine, eternelle Magazine and McCall's. She was featured as the lead story, her photograph on the cover, of the 25th anniversary edition of San Francisco Magazine. Articles and excerpts from her books have been published in magazines ranging from Family Circle and Redbook to Cosmopolitan and Men's Health. And her edited compilations of female oriented erotica initiated a new literary genre.
She has authored books, videos or CDs on the following subjects:

Female Sexuality
Sexual Desire
Erotica
Menopause
Rapid Ejaculation
Erection Problems
Sex after 50
Relationship Communication

In 2012, her first book, For Yourself: the fulfillment of female sexuality was recently ranked the #1 self-help book across all surveys carried out by the National Register of Health Care Providers in Psychology, the major credentialing organization for psychologists. For Each Other: sharing sexual intimacy was ranked #4.

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars

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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 23, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
There's a reason this book continues to be reprinted and available 27 years after its first publication! For women who have never connected with their own sexuality, who see sex as something they do for their partners and not for themselves--and, yes, there are still many women with these attitudes in 1999, despite the sexual revolution--this is just the best book available. In my 20 years as a sex therapist, I have never recommended this book to a sexually inhibited woman who has not found it thought-provoking.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
I started out reading this book as an assignment for a Human Sexuality course. I did not realize until after reading this book how much I ignored my feelings as a woman and sexual responder. This book helped get my partner involved and brought the two of us closer as we tried to do the exercises provided in the book. The ones we were uncomfortable doing, we were able to push back with laughter and continue with the help of the book. Having the book as an excuse if something didn't work made things easier for us to enjoy without blaming one partner or the other for our difficulties with the sexercises.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 25, 2000
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I thought this book was wonderful. It made me realize I was not alone. Reading womens' magazines and talking to friends had me convinced I was the only woman in her twenties not having orgasms. This book helped me understand my body better, cleared up many of my misconceptions, and allowed me to achieve orgasm. I would recommend this book to anyone and have shared it with all my friends (who said they now have even better orgasms). My sex life can be divided into before this book and after, and the after is great!
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 19, 1998
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This is a wonderful self-help book on how to become comfortable with your own body and how to share that with your partner, if you have one and even if you don't. It's very informative, interesting and helpful on something that has been taboo to discuss or find information about for many years. This book has helped me immensely in my relationship in the principle that if you don't know how to love your body and yourself, how can anyone else? And, if you don't know, how can they? A rare find in a book with a warm helpful feel for any woman.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "hnancy" on November 21, 2000
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This book was wonderful to read. I felt so relieve that there was even a book out there on this subject. Yes, it is a little out dated with some of the view's from women but it was right on as far as how to help overcome the inability to orgasm. I was fortunate enough to read this book with my partner, but I know that you don't need to have a partner to benefit from this book. It helps you and how you feel during sex.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 2000
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I am a college student cursed with this disorder that I keep hearing about older women still not having orgasms. I thought that I'd start early and try to fix it before I go that old. The book had many helpful tips and exercises to pave the path to orgasm. I still have not had my first orgasm yet and I am now somewhat frustrated. The book was a bit out of date, talking about women and how we were raised, but she is right. If you're on the edge of giving up, you might want to try a different book first, but if you're ready to go and motivated, this could be the book for you. Good luck... I know how you feel...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Carmen Matthews on November 6, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Although I read this book years ago, I was recently drawn to it after a discussion with someone who at age 46, voiced some beliefs that I silently reacted to, by saying, "You must be kidding!!!"

Could there be a more intimate, yet more revealing topic than your sexual belief system?

With one of the biggest fears of men being that they won't perform the perfect "dance", and women's thinking that their needs are too great, of course a book like this one is still on the market.

"For Yourself" tells women:

1. He doesn't have what you have. He's not even wired as you are wired. So, you must congruently communicate what you want;

2. He doesn't give you an orgasm, by what he's doing or saying to you. You give it to yourself, by your commitment to be fully in the moment, willing to process all of your emotions, trusting youself, trusting him, and seeing yourself deserving what you want;

3. Despite where you socially, emotionally or spiritually come from, it's up to you to define what is fulfilling to you;

4. If either of you are not good to yourselves, off your feet, you won't be good to yourselves off your feet; and,

5. No matter what your age, or the stage in your relationship, be willing to explore what works for you.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12, 1999
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this book was recommended to me by my physician. I am 25 and have never experienced an orgasm. this book is teaching me that I cannot expect anyone else to know how my body works, what I like. For the first time I am experimenting with mastrubation. I still have not had an orgasm, but I am much more comfortable with my body, self confidant and willing to experiment. I have not yet finished the book, but "so far so good"
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