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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (July 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471274275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471274278
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

"Kathryn Hall takes a fresh and refreshing new look at why so many women are not really interested in sex. A uniquely helpful book."
–Harriet Lerner, Ph.D., author of The Dance of Anger

"Women don’t need medicine or magic to feel desire but rather reasons and motivation. This book provides sound strategies and sensible suggestions for overcoming sexual inertia and finding genuine satisfaction."
–Sandra Leiblum, Ph.D., Director, Center for Sexual & Relationship Health, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

"The many who are searching for sexual desire in an easy-to-swallow pill form may be pleasantly surprised to find it in this easy-to-read book form."
–Gerianne M. Alexander, Ph.D., Texas A&M University

At last, a drug-free, holistic program to restore sexual passion and desire

Despite what many so-called experts believe, lack of sexual desire in women does not necessarily indicate a hormonal problem. More often, asserts sex therapist Dr. Kathryn Hall, it means that something is out of balance in our lives. In Reclaiming Your Sexual Self, Dr. Hall reveals how to discover the source of your lack of sexual interest and take charge of your health. Drawing on successful methods she has used in her clinical practice, she helps you identify the imbalances that are affecting your overall well-being and get in touch with lost or neglected sexual feelings. Through a series of illuminating exercises and with Dr. Hall’s wise, warm advice, you’ll discover:

  • Why it’s okay to want sex–and enjoy it
  • Ways to improve communication with your partner
  • The right conditions and circumstances to spark your sexual interest
  • How to maintain a vital sexual connection for the long term
  • When to consult a professional

Hormone replacement therapy doesn’t have to be the answer. You can reclaim your sexual self and keep desire and passion alive and well by following the proven, reassuring advice in this authoritative guide.

About the Author

KATHRYN HALL, Ph.D., has over twenty years of experience in sexuality research and direct clinical practice. She runs a highly successful private practice in Princeton, New Jersey, in which she specializes in the treatment of sexual dysfunction.

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Customer Reviews

There was still desire, but it needed to be fueled into flame!
Chrissy Marshall
She then provides the reader with a practical guide for improving their own sexual self.
Patricia Hart
I just finished reading it and thought it was very informative and helpful.
Erik Kopp

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By David on August 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
My wife's on-again, off-again interest in romance had been driving me crazy for the five years of our marriage. Nothing I did seemed to have an impact on her desire for me...she was forever not in the mood. Periodically I'd get on a roll with exercise, doing the grocery shopping, helping more with the kids, making plans for us to have romantic dinners, and sometimes I'd light the candles in the bedroom only to find her disinterested or uncomfortable when she walked in.

I am pleased to report that things have taken a turn for the better since we both read Reclaiming Your Sexual Self. Dr. Hall's insightful comments and anecdotes from her clinical experience helped us to begin a dialog that has brought us to have a better understanding of each other. I have been able to drop my resentments from having been "neglected" by her and I have more compassion for the issues she struggles with. Dr. Hall's book helped to facilitate a dialog that is still ongoing. As a result we are closer than we have been in a long time and that has helped us to rediscovery some of the romantic spark that first drew us together.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Lenore on July 21, 2004
Format: Paperback
I bought this book hot off the press but I had little hope a book could help me. I've had years of either feeling guilty about disappointing my husband or being angry with him for being too demanding. After reading this book, I feel neither guilty or angry but hopeful. There is a lot of information about sexual desire that is actually understandable and easy to read (and it helps to know this stuff!). The tips on communication were useful - things I could do right now. But what I found most helpful were the suggestions about what I could do to get the feeling of desire back.Other books gave me the message I just needed to forget that feeling, but I am actually feeling sexual desire again for the first time in years. Read this book. It really helps.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Darla on August 19, 2004
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This book is truly great. My boyfriend and I used to fight about sex a lot. I was convinced there was something wrong with me. After reading this book, I no longer felt like I had some kind of disease. My boyfriend and I read sections together, it was fun to read, very reassuring and I followed many of the suggestions Dr. Hall gave for getting desire back. And they worked! I highly recommend this book to everyone in a relationship - don't wait until the fighting about sex gets bad, read this book now.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Paul on July 22, 2004
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The big drug companies are trying sell women all kinds of pills and patches to fix a sex life that isn't working. Do yourself a favor: before taking antidepressants, hormones or running off to therapy, give this book a read. The author doesn't treat low desire like some sort of disease that needs to be cut out. Instead, she encourages you to look at what low desire might be saying, and how to deal with it in meaningful ways. Her approach can help you feel better about yourself and your life. I got a lot from this book and I highly recommend it for women and men.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Erik Kopp on September 22, 2006
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I just finished reading it and thought it was very informative and helpful. You are absolutely right in that this is stuff people do not learn about but really do need to know. I think if more people read this book there would be less unhappy relationships and divorces. I think it is extremely valuable reading for men too. It really helped me to understand the dynamics and issues in a relationship from both view points. As Habit #5 of THE SEVEN HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE states, "Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood". This book has really helped me to do this.

I recommend this book for anyone serious about making and keep their relationship as good as it can be.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Hart on November 8, 2006
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Dr. Hall's book is one for which I have been waiting. It provides a tool for an all to common problem among women who when finding themselves in this situation tend to blame themselves. It is not a blaming book, but more of a normalizing experience (this can happen to anyone given the demands of day to day life). She then provides the reader with a practical guide for improving their own sexual self. As a therapist I highly recommend this book to clients and as a woman's advocate I applaud her ability to direct her work toward women without a hint of blame just an empathic expertise.
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