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"This deeply psychological book uses a combination of case histories and homework-you'll be asked to delve into childhood memories as well as analyze your sexual fantasies." (Newsday 2011-10-25)

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Stanley Siegel is a psychotherapist, international lecturer, and former director of education and senior faculty member of New York's renowned Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy. He has appeared on ABC's Good Morning America, as well as many other television and radio programs across the nation.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402253923
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402253928
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stanley is a psychotherapist, author, lecturer, and former Director of Education and Senior Faculty member of New York's renowned Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy. With nearly 40 years of experience in the field of psychology, Stanley has developed a bold and unconventional approach to psychotherapy that has led to his most recent book, "Your Brain on Sex: How Smarter Sex Can Change Your Life". Siegel has taught at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Adelphi University, and the University of California, Berkeley. Additionally, he was the founding director of the Family Studies Center in Huntington, NY, and has served as a consultant to hospitals and mental health centers throughout the country.

The creator and writer of the "Families" column for Newsday, Siegel also co-authored two popular books: "The Patient Who Cured His Therapist and Other Unconventional Stories of Therapy," and "Uncharted Lives: Understanding the Life Passages of Gay Men", both of which have been translated into 6 languages. His books serve as the basis for workshops around the country. Siegel has served as the review editor for two professional marital therapy journals, and his work with couples and families is the subject of two educational videos.

Siegel's lifelong interest in art has included a period during the mid-1990s as the Dance Editor for Showbusiness, in which he reviewed and reported on the dance scene in New York City. Siegel created the popular sex column "Intelligent Lust" for Psychology Today magazine, which is now featured in this collection as well as in Psychology Tomorrow Magazine, for which he is Editor-in-Chief. It also appears regularly throughout the Middle East in FitNStyle magazine.

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This book sat on my reading list that was given to me by my life coach. I am diligent about my reading assignments, but sometimes life and career get in the way. Literally at some point it called to me. And what a call it was! So inspired, so supportive, so confirming, I really got how sex can heal my life.
I LOVED this book. I felt understood by this book, I felt a path of healing from this book. I am grateful for this book.
Read this book for yourself and then your partner and your life.
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This book is SO GOOD, I could not put it down. I read straight through it in just 2 sittings, because it was so enlightening, empowering, validating, comforting, and encouraging. Essentially the author shows us the truth of human sexuality and fantasies. All people have them, but very people talk about it. Our society is still in denial, often making us feel insecure or guilty about our desires. But the author shows us why each person has different desires and how they all stem from unresolved childhood issues, and how we can all find the right partner by examining and being honest about our past and our sexuality. By having open talks with a potential partner, we can figure out if there is sexual compatibility or not, and if there is, the relationship can transform our lives, heal deep emotional wounds, and leading to real emotion, physical, and spiritual satisfaction. All adults should read this book!
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Sexual fantasies are a taboo topic! Just go out and ask you life partner about them and mostly like it you will encounter a solid fortress guarding them; and that is the only problem that I have with an excellent book. This book will explain you the meaning of almost all possible fantasies that you might have. Also, it will explain your the origin of it and how it can heal you.

Contrary to mainstream train of thought, sexual fantasies are a mental healing process created to balance out and or heal your mind, your spirit, and your soul. It does not matter if you are male, female, heterosexual, bisexual, gay or lesbian, the book covers them all.

This book is an easy, fun, interesting and simple easy read that will take you through the labyrinths of your mind and help you untangle past traumas, including childhood.

Enjoy it and forget about your taboo!
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I gave this book five stars, because even though there are some parts that don't completely agree with, I still have garnered some extremely important insights from this book. I had never before put such a powerful, analytic lens over my sexual desires and fantasies, even though I thought I had. I thought I had analyzed my sexuality in depth, but Siegel asks pertinent questions I hadn't thought of before. Also there are fascinating explanations for the creation of your sexuality, that I found really interesting. Not all of the explanations I found convincing, but some of them felt exceptionally accurate and I was surprised they were not more well known or accepted in popular culture. For example, Siegel uses the example of someone enjoying a rape fantasy because rape eliminates guilt: if someone is forcing you to do something, you can't accept responsibility and therefore can't feel guilty about it. That seems very accurate and I was surprised I had never thought of it before.

I also appreciated the entire chapter devoted to creating an open mind and accepting your sexuality completely. I was tempted to skip it but it ended up really changing how I thought about sex. It banished a lot of my guilt and helped me feel freer. Siegel knows what he's talking about so I trusted his judgement.

I did have some issues with his primary case study he references: he writes of an attractive young woman, who is attracted sexually to men that are free spirited and frequently irresponsible who mimic her father. Anyway she keeps having the same problems over and over again in relationships, and Siegel perscribes that she date people more like the opposite parent: dependable and predicable. So she dates men that are stable and responsible, but that she is not ultimately that attracted to...
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