From Publishers Weekly
Amid the spate of recent books on sex addiction, this excellent, jargon-free volume stands out for its clarity and comprehensiveness. The authors--clinical psychologists and family therapists in Scottsdale, Ariz.--show that obsessive sexual compulsions can take many forms: empty affairs, frequent visits to prostitutes, phone sex, child molesting, etc. Through the euphoric high of sex, the sex addict may gain proof of adequacy, a sense of control or temporary relief from feelings of worthlessness. Co-dependents--spouses or partners "addicted to the addict"--frequently end up resembling the sex-obsessed person, crippled by denial and an inability to express emotion. Children of sex addicts adopt well-rehearsed roles that stand in for authentic identities. Besides illustrating these dynamics through case histories, this self-help guide features a "Family History Questionnaire," tips for recovering sex addicts and guidelines on choosing a support group or therapist.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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About the Author
Ralph Earle, Ph.D., is president of Psychological Counseling Services, Ltd., and is an affiliate of Scottsdale Memorial and Scottsdale Samaritan Behavioral Health Centers in Arizona. He served in 1989 and 1990 as president of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He is also a certified sex educator and therapist for the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, and a diplomate in Family Psychology-The American Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. Earle has written 4 other books.