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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402253923
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402253928
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

About the Author

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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Stanley Siegel, LCSW, is a psychotherapist, author, sex-expert, international lecturer, and former Director of Education at New York's renowned Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy. With over 36 years of experience, Siegel has developed an unconventional and highly regarded approach to psychotherapy.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne K. Dalrymple on September 19, 2012
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ElexV on February 17, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Luis VINE VOICE on December 6, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jrock-kodama on June 3, 2013
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Stanley Siegel's book is an incredibly valuable, hard-hitting psychology self-help work that doesn't pull it's punches. Offering readers insights into their fantasies and sexual preferences, "Your Brain On Sex" is both empowering and healing, allowing one to demystify their tastes and needs, and live a more consciously directed sex life that can eventually be utilized to heal and grow past wounds and flourish.

If you are at a place in your life that you are able to safely handle what may awaken from your memories with this therapeutic process, then I highly recommend it.
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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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