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A groundbreaking method for improving desire, arousal, and sexual satisfaction through mindfulness.
Studies show that approximately half of all women experience some kind of sexual difficulty at one point in their lives, with lack of interest in sex being by far the most common―and the most distressing. And when sex suffers, so do all other areas of life.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. In Better Sex through Mindfulness, acclaimed psychologist and sex researcher Lori A. Brotto offers a revolutionary approach to improving desire, arousal, and satisfaction inside―and outside of―the bedroom. A pioneer in the use of mindfulness for treating sexual difficulties, Brotto has helped hundreds of women cultivate more exciting, fulfilling sexual experiences.
In this accessible, relatable book, she explores the various reasons for sexual problems, such as stress and incessant multitasking, and tells the stories of many of the women she has treated over the years. She also provides easy, effective exercises that readers can do on their own to increase desire and sexual enjoyment, whether their goal is to overcome a sexual difficulty or simply give their love life a boost.
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About the Author
Lori A. Brotto, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, sex researcher, and Canada Research Chair in Women's Sexual Health. She is a member of various sexuality organizations and an associate editor for Archives of Sexual Behavior. Brotto writes a monthly column called Health Advisor for the Globe and Mail and has been featured in the New York Times, the Walrus, Chatelaine, Dan Savage's Savage Lovecast, and many other outlets. She lives in Vancouver, BC.
Emily Nagoski is a sex educator, speaker, activist and author of the New York Times bestseller, Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Sex in a Multitasking World 13
Chapter 2 Seeking Sexual Ecstasy-From the Couch to the Brain Drug 35
Chapter 3 Introducing the Raisin 60
Chapter 4 Becoming Aware of Your Body 88
Chapter 5 "Your Attention, Please!" 112
Chapter 6 How Mindfulness Works 137
Chapter 7 If You're Happy and You Know It 155
Chapter 8 It Takes Two 177
Chapter 9 Tuning In to Pain 199
Chapter 10 You Have My Attention-Now What? 218
Chapter 11 The Next Chapter of the Present Moment 235
Appendix: Where to Find Help 240
Select Bibliography 243
What People are Saying About This
"A masterpiece and masterclass in female sexuality." — Ian Kerner, New York Times-bestselling author of She Comes First
"A practical and useful reference for readers interested in testing out Brotto’s approach of cultivating mindfulness as a therapy for sexual dysfunction" — Publishers Weekly
"Dr. Brotto shares the best that sexual science has to offer in straightforward exercises women and their partners can try at home. This book will change your life." — Debby Herbenick, PhD, author of The Coregasm Workout