Sexual Anorexia: Overcoming Sexual Self-Hatred

Sexual Anorexia: Overcoming Sexual Self-Hatred

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Sexual Anorexia: Overcoming Sexual Self-Hatred by Patrick J Carnes

A first-time examination of sexual anorexia, an extreme fear of sexual intimacy and obsessive avoidance of sex, by the acknowledged leader in the treatment of compulsive sexual behavior and recovery.

A first-time examination of sexual anorexia, an extreme fear of sexual intimacy and obsessive avoidance of sex, by the acknowledged leader in the treatment of compulsive sexual behavior and recovery.Author Dr. Patrick Carnes begins by defining sexual anorexia and demonstrating how it and its parallel disorder, sexual addiction and compulsivity, often arise from a background of childhood sexual trauma, neglect, and other forms of abuse, Carnes explores the numerous dimensions of sexual health, examining key issues which must be addressed and resolved for recovery to proceed. Utilizing extensive research and elucidating case studies, Carnes develops concrete tasks and plans for restoring nurturing and sensuality, building fulfilling relationships, exploring intimacy, and creating healthy sexuality. Woven throughout the book are stories of recovery which illustrate sexual healing principles, model new behavior, and support motivation for change. Sexual Anorexia enables those suffering from this disorder to recognize that sex need not be a furtive enemy to be fought and defeated but, instead, a deeply sensual, passionate, fulfilling, and spiritual experience that all human beings are innately entitled to.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781568381442
Publisher: Hazelden Publishing
Publication date: 05/28/1997
Pages: 420
Sales rank: 274,125
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Patrick J. Carnes, PhD, is an internationally known authority and speaker on addiction and recovery issues. He has authored over twenty books including the bestselling titles Out of the Shadows: Understanding Addiction Recovery, Betrayal Bond, Don't Call It Love, The Gentle Path Through the Twelve Steps and The Gentle Path through the Twelve Principles.Dr. Carnes' research provides the architecture for the "task model" of treating addictions that is used by thousands of therapists worldwide and many well-known treatment centers, residential facilities, and hospitals. He founded IITAP (International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals), which provides CSAT (Certified Sex Addiction Therapist) training and certification as well as cutting-edge information for addiction professionals. Dr. Carnes currently serves as a Senior Fellow and Executive Director for the Gentle Path Program at The Meadows in Wickenburg, Arizona.For more information on his work and contributions: www.patrickcarnes.com. You can also find him on Facebook and Twitter: @drpatrickcarnes.

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Sexual Anorexia: Overcoming Sexual Self-Hatred 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
ChristopherJ More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book for anyone desiring to increase the level of intimacy in their life, foster a healthier sex life and a better understanding of themselves and interpersonal relationships. While the first couple of chapters are dedicated to explaining sexual anorexia, the majority of the book is appropriate for every adult. It has exercises to complete with your partner, friend or what the author describes as your "fair witness," a trusted individual. The author also delves into how we developed our sexual views. And, do not skip the first couple of chapters, you just may be surprised at how you can relate to some of the issues revolving around sexual anorexia.
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