Synopses & Reviews
According to a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, 43 percent of American women are sexually dysfunctional: they don't desire sex or don't enjoy it. In The Return of Desire, Dr. Gina Ogden draws on decades of clinical experience as well as on her own sex research to understand this startling statistic and offer new approaches to reviving women's sexual desire and pleasure.
While there are several books available about the problem of low sex drive among women, Dr. Ogden resists the trend of seeing low libido as a primarily physiological problem. Instead of recommending pills or patches, Dr. Ogden takes a holistic perspective, helping readers to understand how mental and emotional patterns and relationship dynamics can stifle sexual desire--and how to help desire flow more freely. Low desire is the number one reason that women have come to Dr. Ogden for treatment, and in this book she shares the insights and exercises that she offers to her clients and at workshops around the country.
How to assess where you are blocked sexually--is the problem primarily physical, emotional, mental, a problem with the relationship, or a combination of these elements?
How double messages from childhood and from the media (good girls don't but be desirable) can leave women deeply conflicted about sex
How to reconnect with your own personal sense of what is sexy and arousing
How dynamics in your relationship can enhance or reduce sexual desire
How to say yes to pleasure and passion on your own terms
This is much more than just a sex book. Its illuminating guidance for
transforming our whole lives-body, heart, mind, and spirit. Dr. Gina
Ogden invites readers to look beyond sexual performance (how much,
how many, how often) and offers engaging ways we can say yes to
pleasure on our own terms. She suggests wise and lively approaches for
overcoming roadblocks to intimacy, and encourages us to expand our
capacity for love, creativity, compassion, and sacred union.
Dr. Ogden has a distinguished career as a marriage and family
therapist and is an authoritative and passionate voice in the field of
womens sexuality. She draws on decades of clinical experience and her
pioneering survey of women and men all over America to combine the
latest research with scores of moving stories and useful exercises and
resources. The result is a smart, sophisticated, refreshing book.
Youll want to share it with your partner-and all your friends.
Youll discover innovative ways to:
* Open up to the four energies that spark desire
* Create heart-to-heart communication in your sexual
* Transcend guilt, shame, and good-girls-dont messages
* Heal the sexual wounds of abuse, addiction, affairs, and low
* Enjoy sexual pleasure and joy throughout your lifespan-from
new love, to parenthood, and even into your golden years,
when desire can ripen, like fine wine.
Drawing on three decades of experience as a sex therapist and sex researcher, Dr. Gina Ogden shows you how to:
• Open up to the four energies that spark desire
• Create heart-to-heart communication with your partner
• Transcend guilt, shame, and "good-girls-don't" messages
• Help heal the sexual wounds of abuse, addiction, affairs, and low self-esteem
• Enjoy sexual pleasure throughout your life span—from new love, to parenthood, and into your golden years
About the Author
Gina Ogden, PhD, has had a distinguished career as a marriage and family therapist, sex therapist, teacher, researcher, and author. She is the author of several books, including Women Who Love Sex and The Heart and Soul of Sex, and has been a featured guest on numerous radio and television programs including Oprah. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.