The Heart of Desire: Keys to the Pleasures of Love
How can you keep sexual desire alive over the long term? More and more people are finding it difficult to maintain a relationship that is both emotionally and sexually gratifying.
In a book that will challenge and forever change how you think about love and sex, clinical psychologist and sex therapist Stella Resnick, PhD, draws on the latest scientific research to explore the love-lust dilemma. Dr. Resnick reveals how early programming can inhibit sexual desire as lovers become committed partners and begin to treat each other less like lovers and more like family. Dr. Resnick's revolutionary body-mind program will help you recognize limiting old patterns, learn valuable skills for enhancing romantic love and sexual aliveness, and tap into your natural capacity to enjoy emotionally fulfilling sexual pleasure. You'll discover: A 10-Step Loving Sex Program with detailed methods for deepening the pleasures of emotional intimacy and broadening your erotic repertoire The latest research in sexology, neuroscience, brain neuroplasticity, and the psychology of flourishing with practical applications for relationships Real-life stories from the author's decades of work with clients and her own personal journey
Stella Resnick, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Beverly Hills, California, and a certified sex therapist. Dr. Resnick teaches and trains therapists. She has appeared on many television programs including Oprah, CNN Live, and The O'Reilly Factor. Also the author of The Pleasure Zone, Dr. Resnick has written cover stories for Psychology Today and Self and is often quoted in popular magazines including Self, Cosmopolitan, Health, Reader's Digest, Vogue, Men's Health, Prevention, Parenting, and Utne Reader. Visit her website at www.drstellaresnick.com.
Acknowledgments v Introduction 1 PART I Love and Romance 1. The Love-Lust Dilemma 9 2. What Dampens Desire 30 3. Love, Sex, and Stress 47 4. Romance and Desire 72 5. Body Talk 101 PART II Sexual Pleasure 6. Sexual Health and the Body 133 7. The Evolving Orgasm 161 8. The Nuances of Sexual Pleasure 182 9. Ultimate Pleasures 201 10. A Lust for Life 224 References 251 Resources 255 Index 259