Sexuality in Mid-Life / Edition 1

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Frank, clear, and compelling, this new volume provides a highly accessible discussion of the psychology of love in the middle years for both laypersons and professionals. Author Stephen B. Levine, a renowned authority on human sexuality, draws on decades of clinical practice to describe in extraordinary depth psychological intimacy, sexual desire, psychological development, the six eras of sexual life, extramarital affairs, menopause, sexual impairments due to new antidepressants, and other topics of particular importance to people at this stage of life. He places special emphasis on the biology of sexual decline in the fifties, and also includes a unique chapter on being a middle-aged therapist.

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Editorial Reviews

Drawing on decades of clinical practice, the author describes topics of particular importance in mid-life, such as intimacy, sexual desire, psychological development, the six eras of sexual life, extramarital affairs, menopause, and sexual impairments due to new antidepressants. He emphasizes the biology of sexual decline from age 50 onward and includes a chapter on being a middle-aged therapist. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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"What I especially like about this book is that it is written from an unabashedly personal perspective. In a clear and concise voice, the author tells us how he approaches the problems of love, sex, intimacy, and dysfunction that he encounters in his practice as a middle-aged clinician. Stephen Levine has devoted his professional life to the study of sexuality - as a clinician, researcher, and educator. In 11 chapters ... the author ably weaves together his own clinical experience with relevant references to the work of others. The resulting tapestry is complex and rewarding - and well worth studying."
(Maj-Britt Rosenbaum in Book Forum (1999)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306457425
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 2/28/1998
  • Edition description: 1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 0.63 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

What is the Nature of Love? Psychological Intimacy. The Paradoxes of Sexual Desire. Psychological Development in Middle-Life. The Unseen Hand of Biology I: Background for Understanding Mid-Life Sexuality. The Unseen Hand of Biology II: The Fifties and Beyond. Extramarital Affairs in Mid-Life I: Meaning Making. Extramarital Affairs in Mid-Life II: Practical Considerations. The Sexual Side Effects of the Serotonergic Antidepressant Medications. On Being a Middle-Aged Therapist. One Avenue to Spiritual Love. Index.

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