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A Tired Woman's Guide to Passionate Sex: Reclaim Your Desire and Reignite Your Relationship Paperback – September 18, 2009

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Psychologist Mintz offers solutions for women with flagging sex drives and lackluster love lives in this accessible guide. A onetime sufferer herself, Mintz speaks from a place of experience and professional wisdom, encouraging readers to explore the (admittedly gimmicky) "Five T's"-thoughts, talk, time, touch and trysts-in an effort to reconnect with their libidos. After covering common causes (stress, life transitions, parenting, etc.), Mintz moves on to the techniques, many of which can be boiled down to increasing self-awareness, easing anxiety over charged thoughts or activities, and communicating with one's partner; Mintz goes so far as to offer sample scripts for broaching the subject of sex issues. Bolstered with plenty of case studies, readers are bound to identify with at least some of the examples here, learn to disregard the concept of "normal," , and find plenty of worthwhile exercises. Taking her topic seriously (also addressing, early on, more serious concerns such as illness, sexual trauma, and infidelity), Mintz offers deep sympathy and a number of sound options for rekindling burned-out sex lives.
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The most frequently heard presenting complaint in sex therapist offices, from both males and females, is inhibited sexual desire (ISD). And the most common explanation for low sex drive (LSD) is fatigue. I love this book because it is THE ONLY one that honestly deals with the causes of the exhaustion and provides positive suggestions to get back some, if not all, of the zing." (Sue Johanson, R.N, C.M., host of Talk Sex with Sue on Oxygen and Other Channels)
As a sex therapist who has seen many couples and individual women complaining of lack of desire, I was curious as to whether Laurie Mintz's Tired Woman's Guide to Passionate Sex would be of value to my clients. In an organized, clear format, Mintz lays out the myriad of causes for their innate desire or libido, while providing many reasons why the path to regain it is worth it emotionally, medically and spiritually. Also included are tried-and-true techniques she has used in treatment to inspire a revitalization in her clients' sex lives. Mintz has written the book in a supportive, warm, authentic voice. I also appreciated her transparency in sharing her own personal journey in her introduction. Additionally, throughout the book, she has interspersed case examples from her practice which offer the reader scenarios with which they might identify. I would recommend this to clients. I would also offer it to a friend who repeats that so oft repeated line: "Sex? That is the last thing I'm thinking about these days. But I do miss what I used to feel like." (Sari Cooper, L.C.S.W., Review in Contemporary Sexuality)
Laurie Mintz's A Tired Woman's Guide to Passionate Sex should be required reading for all tired women who want to rekindle their sexual desire -- and all the men who want to support them. (Janet Hyde, Ph.D, Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies, University of Wisconsin, Past President, Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Past President, APA Division for the Psychology of Women)

This groundbreaking, definitive book is written for all women (and their partners) who have ever been too tired to have sex, and who struggle with guilt, shame, resentment, and the loss of sexual desire! Using time tested psychological principles, Dr. Mintz provides information and guidance about activities and exercises in a conversational tone that is disclosing, open, honest, humorous, and straightforward. The result is a gently shaping of attitude and skills that provide opportunity for the path to passion!  Dr. Mintz acknowledges that problems can be complex, and provides additional resources for those circumstances. (Melba Vasquex, Ph.D., ABPP, Independent Practice, Austin, Texas, Member,American Psychological Association (APA) Board of Directors, Past President, APA Society of Counseling Psychology, APA Society for the Psychology of Women, and Texas Psychological Association)
Mintz respects her reader's situation but urges her to try some easy to do tips to reawaken her interest and sensuality.  I commend the author on her book-and I hope that the women who need to read this book will take advantage of its message. It's never too late to wake up, refresh life and reinvigorate our sexuality. (Pepper Schwartz, Ph.D., Past President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, President of the Centers for Sexualities at San Francisco State University)
Dr. Laurie Mintz's A Tired Woman's Guide to Passionate Sex takes the woman by the hand and guides her through specific exercises to enhance her sensual and sexual experiences with her partner. (Beveryly Whipple, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Rutgers University, Co-author of The G-Spot (2004), The Science of Orgasm (2006), & The Orgasm Answer Guide (2009))

This book takes an important, much needed step in addressing the sexual needs of women by suggesting novel strategies for them to utilize to reinvigorate their nonexistent or less than passionate sexual lives.... The advice in this book is easy to understand, the reasons for the techniques are compelling, and the anecdotes from women about their tiring lives and depleted sexual libidos will likely resonate with many readers. (Psychology of Women Quarterly)

Product details

  • Item Weight : 13.9 ounces
  • Paperback : 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1605501077
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1605501079
  • Product Dimensions : 5.51 x 0.58 x 8.45 inches
  • Publisher : Adams Media (September 18, 2009)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.1 out of 5 stars 26 ratings
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