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Sexual Anorexia: Overcoming Sexual Self-Hatred Paperback – May 13, 1997
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--Pia Mellody, RN, addictions and codependence consultant, author of Facing Codependence, Breaking Free, and Facing Love Addiction
"A valuable resource for men and women who have been afraid and confused about sex. Patrick Carnes has made another remarkable contribution that fosters sexual recovery and sexual healing. Using his trademark blend of wisdom, practical strategies, and personal stories, Carnes takes readers through a step-by-step program to discover the meaning and joys of healthy sexual intimacy."
--Wendy Maltz, MSW, sex therapist, author of The Sexual Healing Journey and co-author of In the Garden of Desire
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In comparison to other books that seem to tell you that if you have difficulty with sex you must have been sexually abused as a child, this book offers a more complete analysis and makes you think of little things and details which along the way might have caused you to find sex difficult, but in an uplifting manner, saying that it is ok and that you can solve it. It also tells you that you are not the only one suffering from this fear of intimacy and that it is ok and you can do something about it.
In my opinion it is a very well written book and is worth reading for a lot of people in order to get a greater understanding of themselves and the world around them, focusing on how intimacy can be difficult and providing solutions to work through it.
This book seemed nice, but upon flipping through it I realized that it assumes that the reader is a man or woman in a relationship that is already having sex & doesn't find joy in it. That doesn't help my best friend, since she's NOT in a relationship with anyone and would feel left out by the book. The book wouldn't be any help for her, and ended up being a waste of my money. Why would I give her a book that isn't going to help her? Still, it did make some nice points but again... the fact that the writers are assuming that they are speaking to married or partnered men/women really alienates a large chunk of people.
Seriously, I ended up showing her the book & she herself echoed my own thoughts. It wasn't helpful to her. All of the exercises & suggestions were for couples. While the book looked like it would be helpful for her in some ways, the book only focused on couples. It's not helpful to a person who is going this "alone". Vote me down if you want, but this book needs to state that it is for COUPLES, not singles who are dealing with this problem.
It was recommended by a therapist I met in AZ when I shared with her my problems in dealing with sexuality in general. Before I read this book, I was completely lost with no understanding why I struggled like I did or how I could ever overcome my ingrained fear/hysteria over sexuality. After reading it, Carnes' book has provided me with insights, information, and exercises that I would never had figured out through my therapist alone. I now have a better understanding of what I'm struggling with and how to approach it in a constructive and healthy way. I couldn't be more grateful to Dr. Carnes than if I was one of his clients from the start!
That alone would warrant this book a full 5 stars, but I took 1 star off because Carnes does not address sexual anorexia for the single adult, which I am. While I did gain some insight from the passages that dealt exclusively with married couples and the like, it never really dealt with those that struggle with this disorder outside of any committed relationship. Don't get me wrong: I'm absolutely glad that I read this book and wished I read it sooner! However, I would have liked to have the book also focus on those not in a relationship--never married, divorced, or otherwise--and struggling with SA.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this for my girlfriend who said she had some repressed issues from her childhood that kept her from being a good sexual partner. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Don Myers
Wow what an eyeopener! Now I understand! Didnt even know this existed and that people actually sought help for this! I knew it but not at this level! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Morningheart
Great book on the subject but I'm going to be honest.it reads like stereo instructions. I would read it to get tired when I couldn't fall asleep.Published 7 months ago by Holly P.
Concise. Good study. Carnes is the expert in sexual dysfunction issues.Published 8 months ago by Laura Utrecht
The book had way too many previous owner's notes, for the 'good' condition rating it was sold with. That being said, the content was insightful while easy to read, moving but... Read morePublished 9 months ago by DONALD F WALKER
I have been learning a lot about myself and different issues i have. This book has definitely been very helpfulPublished 9 months ago by Brandon