Most people know what their sexual fantasies are but few of us have an insight into why they work. In this exploration of the libido, Dr Michael Bader draws on 25 years experience as a psychotherapist to offer a theory of sexual desire.
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"The function of sexual fantasy is to undo the beliefs and feelings interfering with sexual excitement, to ensure both our safety and our pleasure," writes clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst Michael Bader. In Arousal, Bader discusses the role of sexual fantasy as an unconscious problem solver and describes how his patients have come to understand the background, logic, and positive messages of their fantasies. Bader offers case studies of patients (heterosexual and gay) with varied conflicts, and analyzes their sexual fantasies in light of their desires, guilt, and past and current relationships. Most patients, Bader found, are able to resolve their issues by understanding the meaning and logic of their fantasies and then move on to more satisfying relationships.
Bader also interprets common sex fantasies and discusses sexual boredom in ongoing relationships, the power of pathogenic (irrational and self-defeating) beliefs, and sexual fantasies as a therapeutic key to problems that seem independent of sexuality, such as depression.
This provocative book is scholarly yet accessible to the lay reader interested in psychology. Although readers might be drawn in by the gritty, sexy details about Bader's patients, thoughtful readers also will learn about themselves and what their own fantasies may be addressing and revealing. --Joan PriceAbout the Author:
The extremely charismatic and articulate Dr Michael Bader has over two decades of experience as a practising psychotherapist and psychoanalyst. He was until recently the Dean of the Psychology Department at New College, San Francisco. He is a regular guest on West Coast chat shows and contributes to popular culture and psychology magazines.
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