The Heart of Desire: Keys to the Pleasures of Love

The Heart of Desire: Keys to the Pleasures of Love

by Stella Resnick
The Heart of Desire: Keys to the Pleasures of Love

The Heart of Desire: Keys to the Pleasures of Love

by Stella Resnick

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How can you keep sexual desire alive over the long term? More and more people are finding it difficult to maintain a relationship that is both emotionally and sexually gratifying. In a book that will challenge and forever change how you think about love and sex, clinical psychologist and sex therapist Stella Resnick, PhD, draws on the latest scientific research to explore the love-lust dilemma. Dr. Resnick reveals how early programming can inhibit sexual desire as lovers become committed partners and begin to treat each other less like lovers and more like family. Dr. Resnick's revolutionary body-mind program will help you recognize limiting old patterns, learn valuable skills for enhancing romantic love and sexual aliveness, and tap into your natural capacity to enjoy emotionally fulfilling sexual pleasure. You'll discover:
*A 10-Step Loving Sex Program with detailed methods for deepening the pleasures of emotional intimacy and broadening your erotic repertoire
*The latest research in sexology, neuroscience, brain neuroplasticity, and the psychology of flourishing with practical applications for relationships
*Real-life stories from the author's decades of work with clients and her own personal journey

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470582350
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,196,148
Product dimensions: 6.18(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

Stella Resnick, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Beverly Hills, California, and a certified sex therapist. Dr. Resnick teaches and trains therapists. She has appeared on many television programs including Oprah, CNN Live, and The O'Reilly Factor. Also the author of The Pleasure Zone, Dr. Resnick has written cover stories for Psychology Today and Self and is often quoted in popular magazines including Self, Cosmopolitan, Health, Reader's Digest, Vogue, Men's Health, Prevention, Parenting, and Utne Reader. Visit her website at

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Introduction 1

PART I Love and Romance

1. The Love-Lust Dilemma 9

2. What Dampens Desire 30

3. Love, Sex, and Stress 47

4. Romance and Desire 72

5. Body Talk 101

PART II Sexual Pleasure

6. Sexual Health and the Body 133

7. The Evolving Orgasm 161

8. The Nuances of Sexual Pleasure 182

9. Ultimate Pleasures 201

10. A Lust for Life 224

References 251

Resources 255

Index 259

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