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ISBN-13: 978-0313385735 ISBN-10: 0313385734 Edition: 1st

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"This groundbreaking book is for anyone who is or has been married and those who counsel married couples.  Brandon paints a clear picture of what can be done to reset the course toward "succulent monogamy.'" --Alan M. Altman, MD

"Brandon outlines practical steps with which couples can grow toward mature sexuality and deeper intimacy.  This book is a gift to professional and lay readers from a thoughful, reality-based perspective."
--Julian Slowinski, Psy.D, ABPP

"Brandon gives us the tools to remain (or become again) passionately monogamous.  This book must be on the bookshelves of every therapist and should be required reading for couples contemplating marriage." --Andrew T. Goldstein, MD, FACOG

"When it comes to human sexuality, most books offer either technical information without practical suggestions, or how-to advice without much underlying substance.  This is a refreshing and much needed exception." --David P. Barash

"Packed with sound, useful, and inspiring exercises, Brandon's work combines the best of human experiential knowledge, scientific research, and years of professional experience." --Stephen L. Braveman, LMFT, DST

• Addresses a particularly relevant and timely topic in the current era of widely publicized infidelity and divorce among public figures

• Reveals the previously ignored aspects of human sexual motivation to allow for a societal paradigm shift and help couples overcome the challenges of monogamy

• Provides a concise, scientific explanation for the prevalence of sexual dysfunction and affairs and why most relationships lose passion over time

• This is the first book to explain how to make your sexual instincts work for you—instead of against you—in a romantic relationship

• Presents an unprecedented summary of current scientific research relating to monogamy

• Real-life vignettes document the most common intimate struggles for couples—and reveal how to repair them

• Provides an extensive list of exercises for men, women, and couples designed to strengthen their sensual connection

• Gives readers a practical, step-by-step approach for connecting with sexual instincts and perfecting one's skills as a lover

• Helpful index supplies easy access to key information

"An excellent example of the expansion of knowledge in the area of relationships and sexuality, this book will serve not only marriage therapists and couples but also scholars interested in this subject. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students through faculty and professionals; general readers."




"Dr. Marianne Brandon's Monogamy: The Untold Story shines a bright, new light on the age old problem of how to feel sexual passion in an ongoing sexual relationship. Monogamy contains some startling insights. Dr. Brandon explodes the myth that monogamy should be easy if you're with the 'right person'. Both thoughtful and quirky, she asks us to ask ourselves some very interesting, deep, and thought-provoking questions about our own sexuality. Hers is a strong and unusual voice. In language at times scientific, other times erotic, Dr. Brandon reminds us that our biology works against us. We must learn to feel pleasure in ongoing, monogamous unions. And she teaches us how, with great exercises and wonderful advice. By pointing out the problems with monogamy and offering unique and creative solutions, Dr. Brandon does us all a great service. I highly recommend Monogamy." (Aline P. Zoldbrod, PhD, certified sex therapist; faculty, University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program; author, SexSmart: How Your Childhood Shapes Your Sexual Life and What to Do About It)

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Product Details

  • Series: Sex, Love, and Psychology
  • Hardcover: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger; 1 edition (August 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313385734
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313385735
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,632,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marianne Brandon PhD is a clinical psychologist, author, and diplomat in sex therapy. Her work has focused on assisting couples in creating more passionate, exciting long-term romantic connections. While having sex is innate, Dr Brandon asserts that making love is a learned skill that couples can cultivate with time.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Morris on September 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book takes us on an incredible journey of understanding pair bonding, (Monogamy) Dr. Brandon gives us the scientific rationale for all we do with the opposite sex! The book is enlightening, has incredible depth and unlocks the mysteries of our relationships. Dr. Brandon uses anthropolgy, zoology, psycholgoy and puts it all together in an incredibly understandable and readable way yet leaves one feeling like, WOW, I finally get what is going on!! Once we have it all figured out - through this incredible journey Dr. Brandon takes us on, and we are scratching our head about how these relationships are really going to work she open us up to the most incredible teachings on loving our partners - SEXUALLY AND EMOTIONALLY!! Dr. Brandon is an innovative teacher and writer. She offers us a book that is honest, timely, scientifically sound, and ultimately life and relationship transforming! She challenges our paradigms and helps us to grasp complex information! For anyone who wants to experience an incredible reading experience filled with non-stop stimululation this is the book for you! I applaud with standing ovation,this well needed book! I urge you to read it and you will be so glad you have!!! ENJOY!! Transform!! This book is TRULY INNOVATIVE!!!
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Monogamy by Marianne Brandon is pioneering in both implicit and explicit understanding and guidance of a healthy relationship in addition honesty was credible in her work. Very knowledgeable of human development in relationships and family matters. Understandable and thoughtful realism in bases of therapy. Down-to earth without excessive technical terminology that doesn't benefit growth and understanding. First begins with illusions and truth of monogamous relationships from origin to modernity, explicit detail on childhood development to adulthood in sexuality and relations.
Considerate amounts embracing sexual impulses while opening EROS and passionate love is the body of relationship, along with opening up to instinctual sex primates. Mostly I love the way she gives self-analysis of other couples in her placebo studies to contribute examples and acknowledge liking embracing sexual nature and social sciences. Self-help proportions where given to form stronger connection between male and female. A book for both men and women, that announces empirical reality of love, sex, and social/psychological science. Marianne Brandon if your reading this review, I want you to know I LOVE IT, and will learn this fundamental empirical knowledge to bring love to the right woman one day.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Laurie Dowling on September 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book in learning how to renew intimacy in a marriage. "Monosamy the Untold Story" helped me to find true intimacy in my relationship. Stages of intimacy, types of intimacy, and emotional intimacy. This book is refreshing and a must read!!!!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M on September 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
In this book, Dr. Brandon describes, guides, and teaches us from a professional standpoint as well as, and if not more importantly, from her research and personal journey in these realms, adding a depth and truth that is authentic and approachable. Dr. Brandon provides insight and the tools to help navigate these waters and find true ecstasy in Monogamy. Highly recommended for those of us who seek answers and for those who have not yet found deep fulfillment in their relationships.
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