Sex in the Brain: A Neuropsychosexual Approach to Love and Intimacy

Author(s) : Janice Hiller

Sex in the Brain: A Neuropsychosexual Approach to Love and Intimacy

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  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : April 2024
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 136
  • Category :
    Individual Psychotherapy
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  • Catalogue No : 97029
  • ISBN 13 : 9781913494889
  • ISBN 10 : 9781913494
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An overview of what happens in the brain during the development of romantic and sexual relationships, from the intense emotions at the start on to kissing, touch, arousal, orgasm, commitment, parenting, infidelity, breaking up or staying together.

Neuroscience has uncovered fascinating insights into the brain processes involved in human drives and sexual behaviour, and romantic relationships are now a particular focus of attention. With advanced imaging techniques and hormone testing methods, neurotransmitters and brain regions in humans can now be investigated. This allows researchers to describe the complex neural patterns that enable us to feel desire, exhilaration, and commitment to a partner. Sex in the Brain provides insights into how the brain impacts on sexual behaviour on every level. Each chapter describes the empirical studies that are particularly relevant, while the summaries and case examples that end each chapter give clear suggestions on how neurobiological knowledge can become a valuable part of therapeutic methods.

This book is ideal for therapists unsure how to raise the subject of sex in the consulting room and for those already experienced in working with sexual issues. It is also ideal for anyone keen to learn more about their own responses and interactions with a partner, and includes a helpful glossary.

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In this highly original and truly gripping work, Janice Hiller creatively explores the interrelationship between human sexuality and neurobiology in a most unique manner. Covering everything from dopamine and serotonin to marriage and infidelity, the author helps us to understand the impact of sex upon the brain and vice versa. I hope that this book will be absorbed by all health care professionals, whether those who specialise in the mind or in the body.
Professor Brett Kahr, Senior Fellow, Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology, London, and Honorary Director of Research and Honorary Fellow at the Freud Museum London

The more I think about our fate, the more humbled I am about my knowledge of its mechanisms. We therapists use diverse inadequate paradigms to try to understand the mind. Now we can all welcome this lovely little book that reviews for us what neuroscience can and cannot add to our grasp of love and sex.
Stephen B. Levine MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

This compact book contains a wealth of information about the neurobiology of sexuality and intimacy over the life course. Scientifically rooted and clinically informed it takes on the challenge of integrating psychosocial and bio-behavioural factors that affect the emotional basis of sexual response. It should be on the bookshelf of all psychosexual therapists and others interested in understanding the psychogenesis of sexual behaviour.
Christopher Clulow, PhD, Consultant Couple Psychotherapist and Senior Fellow of the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology

Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgements
About the author

1. Starting a relationship: initial passion
2. Kissing
3. Touch, sensuality, and attachment
4. Sexual intimacy: arousal, desire, and orgasm
5. Commitment and parenting
6. Infidelity
7. Breaking up and rejection
8. Long-term relationships: staying together unhappily
9. Long-term relationships: staying together contentedly
10. Concluding comments


About the Author(s)

Janice Hiller is a consultant psychologist specializing in psychosexual and relationship problems in the NHS. She publishes and teaches on these topics, and also has a private practice in London for individuals and couples.

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