Beyond the Disappointment of Sex: Understanding the Roots of Partnership Conflict

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Sussex Academic Press, 2004 - Psychology - 253 pages
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This book is about partnership problems and the difficulties which come with commitment and marriage. It analyzes the origins of those problems, common and less common, and leads the reader along a path from understanding to the possibility of resolution. The author, an expert in the field, addresses the part played by sexual difficulties, which often arise in long-term relationships but receive little recognition in a society swamped with images of idealized sexuality. Indeed massive exposure to sexual ideals in the media produces an inevitable sense of comparative failure in many people. With divorce now so commonplace, marriage more than ever requires the glue of sexual satisfaction to heal conflict and keep love viable. The authors approach is to show how satisfaction in a partnership depends on understanding both the emotional intricacies of promising to share a life together, and the way these complex issues affect sexual responses and vice versa. Dr Christie-Brown explores

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Margaret Christie-Brown was a consultant psychotherapist at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital. She was a member of the Sex Education and Contraceptive Advisory Panel of the Health Education Council; lectured at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; and published a number of papers on counseling techniques, menopause, and psychiatric disorders in pregnancy.

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