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Erotic Integrity: How to be True to Yourself Sexually Paperback – May 10, 2016
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A debut self-help book that aims to help individuals and couples work through their sexual fears.
The cornerstone of French sexologist Six's therapy, "Erotic Integrity," incorporates three principles: self-examination, self-acceptance, and self-actualization. She corrects important misconceptions regarding the differences between intimacy and sex, desire and arousal, and fidelity and nonmonogamy. She points out that couples will often misguidedly enter into open marriages or secret affairs to "spice up" the marital relationships or to find intimacy on the side. However, she says, these are both losing prospects when people embrace self-deception instead of informed choices. Erotic Integrity, she says, requires honesty, not exoticism, and the key component of honesty is communication. The book includes 10 chapters on a wide range of subjects, including lies and secrets, sexual boredom, sexual violation, dating, performance anxiety, gender nonconformity, and sexual addiction, followed by relevant, probing questions that underpin the author's insights. Through case studies, Six details real-world couples coping with complex issues of misunderstandings and miscommunications. She says that low desire, a common problem in women, especially during menopause, has a psychological component and can be treated as long as a person wants to change. She stresses that the purpose of her work is not to "fix" people but to help them discover who they are and what they truly want. This book will calm the secret fears of even casual readers, as Six speaks with authority, compassion, and humor: "The term 'sex addiction' has been popularized, overused, and misapplied to anyone engaging in sexual behavior that someone else disapproves of." She's also critical of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and clearly explains how and why she thinks it's inaccurate in certain cases. Overall, she's emphatic that no obstacle is insurmountable, that no honestly confessed desire is shameful, and that no one need follow anyone else's choices. Sexuality, she emphasizes, takes place in the heart and in the head--as well as elsewhere.
A bold, refreshing call to discover and own one's sexuality.
*Bronze IPPY award in the national Sexuality/Relationships category! Each year since 1996, the Independent Publisher Book Awards competition has identified a reading list of progressive, thought-provoking books, the kind that can touch lives, advance careers, and stretch our imaginations. With the tag line, "Recognizing Excellence in Independent Publishing," the IPPY Awards showcase the best books from throughout North America and the English-speaking world.
*Finalist in the RELATIONSHIPS category of the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
*Finalist in the Self-Help: Relationships category at the 2016 International Book Awards.
*Finalist in the SEXUALITY category of the National Indie Excellence Awards
Readers' Favorite gave it a 5 star review, Non-Fiction - Relationships
About the Author
Claudia Six has an MA in counseling psychology and a PhD in clinical sexology, and over twenty years of experience as a clinical sexologist and relationship coach in private practice near San Francisco. She has helped thousands of individuals and couples with relationship and sexual challenges, and coined the term Erotic Integrity® to describe her approach to her work with clients. She has written numerous articles and hosted her own Erotic Integrity radio show. She is married and has a perfect dog, and lives in Northern California.
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Even as someone who has participated, studied and reflected a lot on the topic I had more than one "aha!" moment regarding relational aspects that touch into sexuality on many levels. Dr. Six has done anyone who cares to read her work a wonderful service- I believe this is one of those books that has something for everyone for whom sexuality and sexual relationships are an important expression in life.
I recommend this book to everyone whether in a relationship or not.