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Anne Stirling Hastings is a licensed psychologist (psy21365) practicing in Camarillo, California. She works with sexual abuse and sexual addiction, trauma history, and attachment deprivation. After specializing in sexual addiction and sexual healing for 20 years, she perceived the need to recover from shaming in order to heal any emotional symptoms and all distresses. In Healing Humanity: Life Without Shame (2009) Hastings addressed the role of shame whether addressing addiction, depression, anxiety, trauma history, or deprivation of attachment during early childhood. She includes the ordinary, everyday variety that is difficult to see, and thus difficult to stop taking in. Her book, From Generation to Generation: Understanding Sexual Attraction to Children, is sold by Sex Addicts Anonymous because they have found it a valuable resource for those healing from this common sexual disturbance. She has extensive speaking experience including bookstores, workshops and conference presentations. This includes a keynote address at SASH (Society for Advancement of Sexual Health), a day long presentation at the sexual addiction high profile group created by Patrick Carnes, Ph.D., and an in-service training at Betty Ford Addiction Treatment Center. She belongs to SASH, the American Psychological Association, the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, the Ventura County Psychological Association and the Santa Barbara County Psychological Association. Dr. Hastings gives talks on shame and on sexual healing for individuals and couples. This includes "Healing Sexuality" classes, and "No Shame On You" non-therapy group meetings teaching how to stop taking shame in, and steps to heal internalized shame. She has therapy groups for men and for women, and sees individuals and couples wishing to engage in healing deeply in all ways. Anne received her Ph. D. in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in 1979, and has been in private practice since. Information on classes, workshops, talks, and leadership training is on www.NoShameOnYou.com and www.AnneStirlingHastings.com. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Wellness Institute (January 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587410230
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587410239
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,978,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris Miles on August 28, 2013
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This book opened my eyes to understanding the way I have been experiencing sex and shown me a path to a much healthier way. I am in the midst of divorce from the mother of my 2 beautiful daughters. Sex was not a direct issue for us in particular, we had many other issues that came up in various marriage counseling sessions. But I think my experience of sexuality influenced my choice of a mate, and had I been healthier I would have chosen better, and also, that healthier sex would have made addressing our other issues in our relationship more successful.
Shame and the issue of sex addiction has been addressed many places but Hasting's concept of what she calls crosswiring is something that was new to me. I will try to explain crosswiring in a nutshell here: There are certain activities that are not sexual in and of themselves but that cause sexual arousal in some of us such as s&m, romance, etc. These things interfere with our direct experience of sex, with touching and experiencing and being present with ourselves and our partner. Hastings suggests that we should experience sex "from the inside out" rather than from the "outside in" and that it should spring freely and naturally from our relating with our partner, rather than from ideas and fantasies we have about certain body types, romantic or taboo situations or whatever. I find this very appealing. Anne comes from a psychology background and is not moralistic or judgmental about this. She is anti-Shame. As I interpreted one if one feels that any of the above-mentioned activities are rich or rewarding and satisfying for that it is fine to continue that. Anything is fine as long as long as you are not hurting other people.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anne Stirling Hastings on February 14, 2010
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I'm the author, so of course I give it five stars! Reclaiming Healthy Sexual Energy: Revised is a truly updated composite of Reclaiming Healthy Sexual Energy (1991) for individual healing, and Discovering Sexuality That Will Satisfy You Both (1993) for couples. I've used exercises and many case examples to demonstrate how a couple can use their relationship to heal the sexuality of both. All of us have had our sexuality damaged by just living in this culture, and so taking a look at all of the myths and cultural rules that dominate us can help relieve ordinary shame. Then there are the more serious obstacles to healthy sex brought about by sexual abuse and by emotional abuse that isn't even about sex. I lay out a plan to heal any symptoms, including those required arousers that stay hidden because of shame, and because of knowing that shaming is coming if they are revealed. Its possible to begin healing from this need even with no commitment to stopping it.

After helping people heal sexuality for many years, I came to see that shame is the one large obstacle for all of us. So I wrote Healing Humanity: Life Without Shameto take a more specific look at how ordinary, everyday shaming going on all around us supports our continued carrying of toxic shame. First we have to be able to see it, then stop taking it in, and then heal what is already within. I'd love to receive emails if you like either book!
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