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The ability to enjoy ourselves affects our health. It determines the depth and quality of our connection with others; it ultimately determines whether or not we lead a fulfilling life. For thousands of years, in cultures all over the world, pleasure has been disdained and demonized. It's time to reclaim our birthright. Time to proclaim the true wisdom of a life informed by pleasure. In her groundbreaking book, The Pleasure Zone, Dr. Stella Resnick distills more than twenty-five years of extensive corroborative ...
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The Pleasure Zone: Why We Resist Good Feelings & How to Let Go and Be Happy

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The ability to enjoy ourselves affects our health. It determines the depth and quality of our connection with others; it ultimately determines whether or not we lead a fulfilling life. For thousands of years, in cultures all over the world, pleasure has been disdained and demonized. It's time to reclaim our birthright. Time to proclaim the true wisdom of a life informed by pleasure. In her groundbreaking book, The Pleasure Zone, Dr. Stella Resnick distills more than twenty-five years of extensive corroborative research to uncover the root of unhappiness -- pleasure resistance. The "Pleasure Zone," she explains, is less a place, than it is a process. It's an active way of focusing our attention, centering us in the present moment, releasing giant stores of vitality and optimism, and making whatever we're doing vastly more enjoyable.

Resnick links optimism, physical health, emotional fulfillment in love, deeply gratifying sex, and positive aging to our ability to fully enjoy eight core pleasures: Primal Pleasure, Pain Relief, the elemental pleasures of Play and Humor, and Mental, Emotional, Sensual, Sexual, and Spiritual Pleasure. Examining each core pleasure one by one, she shows how each core pleasure is instrumental to our health, emotional well-being, and interpersonal relationships. Filled with inspiring stories of people who have learned to reclaim former pleasures, each chapter concludes with a set of simple exercises designed to enhance readers' enjoyment skills so they can experience that particular pleasure more completely. The Pleasure Zone will not only give you permission to enjoy yourself, it will open your heart and eyes to a celebration of all life has to offer.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781567315516
  • Publisher: MJF Books
  • Publication date: 12/1/2002
  • Pages: 297

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Opening to Pleasure
Part 1 A New Understanding Of Pleasure 1
1. The New Pleasure Principle 3
2. Why We Say No to Pleasure 27
3. Keys to Reaching Your Pleasure Potential 43
4. The Eight Core Pleasures: A Developmental History of Delight 57
Part 2 The Fundamentals of Pleasure 75
5. Primal Pleasure: Sweet Surrender 77
6. Pain Relief: Turning Pain into Pleasure 99
7. The Elemental Pleasures: Play, Laughter, Movement, and Sounding Out 119
Part 3 The Psychological Pleasures 139
8. Mental Pleasures: Mind Matters 141
9. Emotional Pleasures: Variations on a Theme of Love 163
Part 4 Realizing Your Full Pleasure Potential 189
10. Sensual Pleasures: Sense and Sense Ability 191
11. Sexual Pleasures: Complete Fulfillment 223
12. Spiritual Pleasures: Back to the Beginning 263
A Last Word 287
References and Bibliography 289
Index 293
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2008

    The Manipulation Zone

    The author's nagging, abrasive style will leave you feeling exhausted, not sexy. She specializes in telling you what's wrong with your sex life. And it's her way or the highway. She also brags endlessly about her own sexual experiences. I donated my copy of this book to a local prison library.

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