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Passionate Marriage

Love, Sex, and Intimacy in Emotionally Committed Relationships

By David Schnarch, David Schnarch (Introduction by)

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Format: Paperback, 432 pages, Owl Book ed Edition
The greatest sexual pleasure in a person's lifetime is possible in one's middle and later years, asserts Dr. David Schnarch, when a mature sense of self has been achieved and genuine intimacy is possible with another person. At his Family Health Center in Colorado Dr. Schnarch works with couples in long-term committed relationships who want to get emotionally and sexually closer. In Passionate Marriage Dr. Schnarch shares what he has learned about how couples can--and must--simultaneously break through the sexual and the emotional blocks that hold them back from total satisfaction. He counsels that every sexual exchange, from kissing to daring erotic behaviors, is a picture of an entire relationship--a reflection of how you and your partner feel about yourselves and each other outside the bedroom. This respectful, erotic, uplifting, and spiritual guide to sexual and emotional fulfillment makes a passionate marriage within the reach of every couple.

About the Author

David Schnarch Ph.D. runs the Family Health Center in Evergreen, Colorado, where he lives. He is a licensed clinical psychologist, a certified sex therapist, and a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.


"A classic."--William H. Masters, M.D.

EAN: 9780805058260
ISBN: 0805058265
Publisher: Owl Books (NY)
Dimensions: 23.2 x 17.2 x 3.1 centimetres (0.50 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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8 review(s)
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jessica dallas on
phwoar. a great read. both my husband and i read this book. what a way to pick ur sex life up off the ground. a tastefully erotic book that will help you get a healthier happier marriage that lasts. if your going through some rough times with your realitionship give this one a go!
Didn't really like this book, found it noticeably conceptually foreign in a lot of parts with a lot of focus on egos, power-dyads etc, which is all very white, middle class and American. The biggest ego prize goes to the author - he claims to have come up with this 'new' idea, which isn't new at all. Makes quite a few culturally-biased assumptions about sex and sexuality. He also spends a bit of time challenging 'our' cultural myths - and culture bound biases around sex. I found myself wondering why on earth people would think good sex is for the young, or where they would get their strange expectations of middle-aged sex from. I guess it's all about perceptions. If you're culturally similar to this guy, his background and clients, it's probably a good read, however if not, I wouldn't bother.
Steven Herod on
I'm about halfway through this book and so far, its slightly difficult going.

Being a psychologist, there is a lot of psychological background chatter and its fairly intellectual, so not a quick and ready reference manual with specific exercises or actions (and I'm not talking about s-x, I'm talking about relationship building).

If you can track down 'Hot Monogomy', I found it a lot more practical.
Lauren Buckley on
The best book on relationships I have ever read. It changed my life & my relationship and has stayed by my bed for years. Both my partner & I found this to be the book that changed our lives- I hope it can change yours too.
Varisa Aschakulporn on
As a graduate student in psychology this was required reading for one of my classes. This book is nothing short of exquisite. Schnarch writes from a very authentic 'been there' place which draws the reader in like magnet. Lots of very good case studies which beautifully integrate the theoretical material. Schnarch's lense is a new and refreshing integration of couples & sex therapy (who ever thought of separating the two anyway??). It focuses on differentiation rather than fusion. This is a page-turner that organically induces self-reflection inspired by the very authenticity of it's author.
A fascinating piece of literature.
Rachel Geary on
Although some may find this book confronting, if you read it slowly and give yourself time to digest its message, you will find it very helpful. This book teaches you about yourself and how to self soothe. The case studies fit in very well with how it challenges your thought patterns and in my opinion taught me more about myself than years of traditional talk therapy. A great tool, both parties in any long term relationship should understand.
Kath Albury on
This book can be confronting at times, so proceed slowly and give yourself time to reflect on what you read. It's one of the best books about marriage and relationships around, particularly for over-35s. Scharch is always supportive, but challenges you rethink many of your assumptions about sexuality in long-term relationships.
D S holmes on
i've got to admit, i was abit hesatent when my mother in law gave me this book as a gift, but looking back, i couldn't appreciate the present more! i can't describe how much my life in the bedroom has changed, from disaster to delightfully rewarding all within a month, i would have thought impossible!

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