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Partners in Passion: A Guide to Great Sex, Emotional Intimacy and Long-Term Love

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Publisher Comments:

Not just another sexual guidebook, Partners in Passion is a unique, thorough, controversial, and life-changing approach for couples who long to create and sustain a deep, intimate bond.

Most of us long for an intimate relationship, and though texting and emailing throughout the day may keep us superficially connected and feeling momentarily sexy, it ultimately cannot create the kind of intimacy necessary to sustain a deep, fulfilling and lasting partnership. And, with the divorce rate reaching a staggering 50% in 2013, and the breakup rate among unmarried long-term couples even higher, it appears the more we tweet, the more disconnected we become.

Authors Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson have devoted their lives to studying and teaching the art of creating intimacy and to showing couples how to maintain and sustain exciting relationships. “Partners in Passion” themselves, they are critically acclaimed collaborators as well as respected and highly sought after teachers, who have traveled the world sharing their insights, knowledge, and secrets—helping thousands of people to create enduring and sexually satisfying relationships.

So many of us believe that new is better, hotter, and more intense, but love at first sight isn't really love; it's chemistry. Developing the connections and intimacy that everyone craves takes time and skill. Michaels and Johnson provide readers with a fun, step-by-step, phase-by-phase guide to help them discover true, deep, loving, and romantically sexual relationships that will last for decades.

Comprehensive and inclusive, Partners in Passion is highly original and provocative, drawing on a variety of sources: cutting-edge science, psychology, the authors' background in Tantra, and their personal experiences as teachers and as a couple. It focuses on sex as fundamentally relational and suggests that becoming skilled at connecting is far more important than technique. It questions received wisdom about what constitutes a good relationship—for example that getting one's needs met is paramount and that monogamy is natural and optimal. Partners in Passion proposes an alternative model founded on mutuality, a collaborative mindset, empathy, and transparency. This approach invites couples to design their own relationships and to choose consciously. It is replete with how-to suggestions and exercises, fortified by interviews with couples from diverse backgrounds, relationship styles, and orientations who are enjoying erotically vibrant partnerships. It includes an extensive resource guide that covers everything from health to erotica to alternative relationship styles, with links to many of todays leading sexuality and relationship educators.

With insight and clarity, Michaels and Johnson explore:

• A radically original perspective on what it means to be in a pair-bonded relationship

• Why communication is important but talking is overrated

• Why you shouldn't “work” on your relationship but should tend to it as a living entity instead

• Why unconscious monogamy can be damaging and why monogamy of any kind is not necessarily the cornerstone of a healthy relationship

• How to balance the need for intimacy with the need for personal freedom

• How sexual adventuring can strengthen your bond

• How kink can be a tool for building intimacy

• How to deal with discrepancies, distractions, and disruptions

• How to maintain a vibrant erotic connection throughout your lives

Review:

"Married Tantric instructors Michaels and Johnson draw from personal and professional experience to put readers on the path towards a long-term intimacy that is satisfying and exciting. They emphasize sex as a 'co-creation' between lovers, where partners are 'comrades on an exciting journey,' while criticizing relationship myths like the 'soul mate' and forms of 'gender essentialism' that pit men against women. Though they insist it is 'just a general overview,' their anatomy and physiology lesson contains a wealth of information that may surprise readers. The authors address Tantra, explaining the ritual of 'giving and receiving sessions' and the concept of 'becoming aware of energy and working with it deliberately.' More adventurous readers can delve into role-playing and more advanced kinks — which are approached from a Tantric perspective — and the authors discuss differences between open relationships, swinging, and polyamory, with the attendant sexual and emotional implications of each. Other topics include handling sexual problems, from desire discrepancy to medical dysfunctions, and maintaining an active sex life at an advanced age. With a thorough resource guide included, this book runs the gamut on sex education, and the authors' sex-positivity, feminism, and rejection of gender stereotypes makes it a welcome addition to the genre." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

The Definitive Guide to Building Sexual Heat and Deep Emotional Intimacy for a Lifetime 

Happily married partners in passion themselves, award-winning authors Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson provide readers with a fun, step-by-step manual to creating a lasting, loving and erotic relationship. 

Partners in Passion proposes alternative models of long-term connection, founded on mutuality, a collaborative mindset, empathy and transparency. It features interviews with long-term couples and includes an extensive resource guide that covers everything from health to erotica, with excellent advice from many of today’s leading sexuality and relationship educators. 

INSIDE, YOU’LL LEARN: 

  • Why communication is important but talking is overrated
  • How to balance the need for intimacy with the need for personal freedom
  • Ways that sexual adventuring can strengthen your bond
  • Tips to deal with discrepancies, distractions and disruptions in your sex life
  • Ways to maintain a vibrant erotic connection throughout your lives

Synopsis:

Most of us long for intimate relationships, and though texting and emailing may keep us superficially connected, it ultimately cannot create the kind of intimacy necessary to sustain a deep, fulfilling, and lasting partnership. With the divorce rate reaching a staggering 50 percent in 2013 and the breakup rate among unmarried long-term couples even higher, it appears that the more we tweet, the more disconnected we become. So many of us believe that new is better, hotter, and more intense, but love at first sight isn't really love, it's chemistry.In Partners in Passion, Michaels and Johnson provide readers with a fun, step-by-step guide to discovering true, loving, and romantically sexual relationships that will last for decades. Comprehensive and inclusive, Partners in Passion is original and provocative, drawing on a variety of sources: cutting-edge science, psychology, the authors' background in tantra, and personal experiences as teachers and as a couple. Partners in Passion invites couples to design their relationships and to choose consciously, and is replete with how-to suggestions and exercises, including interviews with couples from diverse backgrounds, relationship styles, and orientations who are enjoying erotically vibrant partnerships.

Winner of the Independent Publisher Award Gold Medal in Sexuality/Relationships

About the Author

A graduate of NYU and Yale, Mark A. Michaels writes for scholarly and legal publications and his plays have been produced off-Broadway. He took his first tantra class in 1997 and gave his first lecture on the subject two years later. Patricia Johnson spent many years as a professional operatic soprano. In 1999, a longstanding interest in tantra inspired her to attend a lecture by Mark Michaels, now her husband and collaborator. Since then, she and Michaels have taught and lectured throughout the world. They live in New York City.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: New Relationship Energy 1

Chapter 2: Good Relationships: The Ten Big Myths 6

Myth #1: You Need to Find a Soulmate 8

Myth #2: They Lived Happily Ever After 10

Myth #3: You Should Work on Your Relationship 13

Myth #4: Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus 15

Myth #5: Relationships and Sex are About Getting Your Needs Met 17

Myth #6: Desiring Someone Else is a Form of Infidelity 20

Myth #7: Monogamy is Natural and Optimal 22

Myth #8: Sex Should be Spontaneous 25

Myth #9: The Sex in Movies, on TV, and in Porn is Good 28

Myth #10: There is a Right Way to be Sexual 31

Chapter 3: A New Paradigm: Keys to Creating an Enduring and Erotic Relationship 32

Know Yourself Sexually 34

Love is Profound Interest 41

View Your Sexual Life Together as a Co-Creation 46

Take Pleasure in Serving Each Other 49

Maintain a Sense of Mystery 53

Chapter 4: Beyond the Keys: How to Live the New Paradigm 59

Connect First – Talk Later 60 Build Trust and Create Goodwill 64

Be Brave: Having the Courage to be Open About Sex Builds Intimacy 68

Keep Kindness as Your Touchstone 69

Be Honest in Moderation 72

Engage Empathically 75

Compersion: Take Pleasure in Your Lovers Pleasure 77

Treat Your Relationship as an Ongoing Exploration 78

Be Flexible 80

Above All, Have Fun 82

Chapter 5: Great Sex: Concepts 84

What is Sex? 84

What is Great Sex? 86

Quality of Touch 89

Agenda-Free Touch 95

Awareness and Attunement 97

Abandon, Enthusiasm, and Lack of Inhibition 99

Dont Wait to Feel Desire 104

Chapter 6: Anatomy: A Little Technical Knowledge Goes a Long Way 106

The Pelvic Floor – Crucible of Your Sexuality 110

Additional Paths to Orgasm 118

Female Anatomy 119

The Clitoris 120

The G-spot 121

Male Anatomy 125

The Penis 125

The Foreskin 127

The Prostate Gland 129

The Testicles and Scrotum 131

Chapter 7: Tantra and Neo-Tantra – Techniques for Enhanced Lovemaking 132

Breaking Out of Unconscious and Habitual Patterns 138

Making Energy Concrete 143

Orgasm as an Energetic Phenomenon 145

Orgasm as an Energetic Phenomenon: Part II 148

Karezza – A Different Way of Making Love 156

Chapter 8: Basic Sexual Adventuring 161

Sexual Trust 162

How to Build Sexual Trust 169

Create an Erotic Statement of Purpose 170

Adventuring as a Couple 174

Choosing Your Adventures 175

How to Talk About Trying Something New 176

Erotic Imagination 180

Fantasy 181

Visual Erotica and Porn 184

More about Fantasy: Partnered and Solo 188

Acting Out Fantasies 189

Sex Toys 191

From Behind Closed Doors to Out in the Open 195

Chapter 9: Advanced Sexual Adventuring: Open Relating to Strengthen Your Partnership 196

Forms of Non-Monogamous Expression 199

Non-Consensual Non-Monogamy 199

Semi-Consensual Non-Monogamy 201

Open Relationships 202

Friends with Benefits 204

Swinging 206

Polyamory 211

Designer Relationships 214

Safer Sex 215

Talking about Safer Sex 219

Sexual Responsibility 221

First Steps Toward Opening Your Relationship 226

Interacting with Others 230

Where and How to Meet Similar People 232

Dealing with Jealousy 233

Compersion and Jealousy 238

Chapter 10: Kink 240

What is Kink? 243

Sadism and Masochism 245

Dominance and Submission 248

Kink and Stereotypes 251

Intimacy in Kink 253

Fetish, Roleplay, and Dressing Up 254

Tantra, Kink, and a Caveat 257

Getting Started 258

Chapter 11: Dealing with Discrepancies, Distractions and Disruptions 261

Desire Discrepancy 267

Other Discrepancies 272

Sexual Function 278

Premature Ejaculation 278

Delayed Ejaculation 279

Erectile Dysfunction 280

General Female Sexual Issues 281

Anorgasmia 282

Pregnancy and Childbirth 285

Separation 289

Financial difficulties 295

Other Stresses 296

Chapter 12: Going the Distance 298

Techniques for Falling in Love Again and Again 304

Maintenance Sex 307

Consciously Continue Your Courtship 310

Sex and Aging 313

Chapter 13: Resource Guide 323

Books 324

Dating-Social Network Websites 328

Events 329

General Open Relating and Kink Resources 330

Online Erotica and Education 331

Retreat Centers and Resorts 332

Safer Sex Resources 333

Sex and Disability Information 333

Sex-positive Organizations/Directories – Professional, Political, Educational

333

Sex Shops/Online Vendors/Toy Manufacturers/Fetishwear/BDSM Supplies

334

Sexuality Educators, Advocates, and Allies 336

Tantra and Sacred Sexuality Resources 338

Acknowledgements 339

Selected Bibliography 342

List of Words

Product Details

ISBN:
9781627780285
Author:
Michaels, Mark A.
Publisher:
Cleis Press
Author:
Johnson, Patricia
Author:
Nelson, Tammy
Subject:
Health and Medicine-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20140231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
504
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Married Tantric instructors Michaels and Johnson draw from personal and professional experience to put readers on the path towards a long-term intimacy that is satisfying and exciting. They emphasize sex as a 'co-creation' between lovers, where partners are 'comrades on an exciting journey,' while criticizing relationship myths like the 'soul mate' and forms of 'gender essentialism' that pit men against women. Though they insist it is 'just a general overview,' their anatomy and physiology lesson contains a wealth of information that may surprise readers. The authors address Tantra, explaining the ritual of 'giving and receiving sessions' and the concept of 'becoming aware of energy and working with it deliberately.' More adventurous readers can delve into role-playing and more advanced kinks — which are approached from a Tantric perspective — and the authors discuss differences between open relationships, swinging, and polyamory, with the attendant sexual and emotional implications of each. Other topics include handling sexual problems, from desire discrepancy to medical dysfunctions, and maintaining an active sex life at an advanced age. With a thorough resource guide included, this book runs the gamut on sex education, and the authors' sex-positivity, feminism, and rejection of gender stereotypes makes it a welcome addition to the genre." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
The Definitive Guide to Building Sexual Heat and Deep Emotional Intimacy for a Lifetime 

Happily married partners in passion themselves, award-winning authors Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson provide readers with a fun, step-by-step manual to creating a lasting, loving and erotic relationship. 

Partners in Passion proposes alternative models of long-term connection, founded on mutuality, a collaborative mindset, empathy and transparency. It features interviews with long-term couples and includes an extensive resource guide that covers everything from health to erotica, with excellent advice from many of today’s leading sexuality and relationship educators. 

INSIDE, YOU’LL LEARN: 

  • Why communication is important but talking is overrated
  • How to balance the need for intimacy with the need for personal freedom
  • Ways that sexual adventuring can strengthen your bond
  • Tips to deal with discrepancies, distractions and disruptions in your sex life
  • Ways to maintain a vibrant erotic connection throughout your lives

"Synopsis" by ,
Most of us long for intimate relationships, and though texting and emailing may keep us superficially connected, it ultimately cannot create the kind of intimacy necessary to sustain a deep, fulfilling, and lasting partnership. With the divorce rate reaching a staggering 50 percent in 2013 and the breakup rate among unmarried long-term couples even higher, it appears that the more we tweet, the more disconnected we become. So many of us believe that new is better, hotter, and more intense, but love at first sight isn't really love, it's chemistry.In Partners in Passion, Michaels and Johnson provide readers with a fun, step-by-step guide to discovering true, loving, and romantically sexual relationships that will last for decades. Comprehensive and inclusive, Partners in Passion is original and provocative, drawing on a variety of sources: cutting-edge science, psychology, the authors' background in tantra, and personal experiences as teachers and as a couple. Partners in Passion invites couples to design their relationships and to choose consciously, and is replete with how-to suggestions and exercises, including interviews with couples from diverse backgrounds, relationship styles, and orientations who are enjoying erotically vibrant partnerships.

Winner of the Independent Publisher Award Gold Medal in Sexuality/Relationships

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