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Sexual Anorexia

Overcoming Sexual Self-hatred

By Patrick Carnes

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Format: Paperback / softback, 420 pages
Published In: United States, 15 May 1997
A first-time examination of sexual anorexia, an extreme fear of sexual intimacy and obsessive avoidance of sex, by the acknowledged leader in the treatment of compulsive sexual behavior and recovery.

Author Dr. Patrick Carnes begins by defining sexual anorexia and demonstrating how it and its parallel disorder, sexual addiction and compulsivity, often arise from a background of childhood sexual trauma, neglect, and other forms of abuse, Carnes explores the numerous dimensions of sexual health, examining key issues which must be addressed and resolved for recovery to proceed. Utilizing extensive research and elucidating case studies, Carnes develops concrete tasks and plans for restoring nurturing and sensuality, building fulfilling relationships, exploring intimacy, and creating healthy sexuality. Woven throughout the book are stories of recovery which illustrate sexual healing principles, model new behavior, and support motivation for change."Sexual Anorexia" enables those suffering from this disorder to recognize that sex need not be a furtive enemy to be fought and defeated but, instead, a deeply sensual, passionate, fulfilling, and spiritual experience that all human beings are innately entitled to.

Patrick Carnes, Ph.D., the best-selling author of "Out of the Shadows" and "Contrary to Love, " is an internationally known speaker and writer on sexual dysfunction and recovery. He is currently Clinical Director of Sexual Disorders at The Meadows, a treatment facility that works with clients who deal with a wide range of behavior disorders, addiction, and psychological conditions.

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Patrick Carnes, Ph.D., is currently Executive Director of the Gentle Path program at Pine Grove Behavioral Center in Hattiesburg, Miss., and the primary architect of the Gentle Path treatment programs for the treatment of sexual and multiple addictive disorders

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"In Sexual Anorexia: Overcoming Sexual Self-Hatred, Patrick Carnes explores more of the continuum of human sexual dysfunction. With all the moral injunctions about sex that most of us received during childhood, it is difficult to see a lack of, or even revulsion of, sexual desire as a serious problem. In comparing these areas of difficulty with the anorexic and bulimic eating disorders, Carnes masterfully presents an easily understood structure of the disease process and a recovery regime that offers real hope for comfort in relationships."--Pia Mellody, RN, addictions and codependence consultant, author of Facing Codependence, Breaking Free, and Facing Love Addiction "A valuable resource for men and women who have been afraid and confused about sex. Patrick Carnes has made another remarkable contribution that fosters sexual recovery and sexual healing. Using his trademark blend of wisdom, practical strategies, and personal stories, Carnes takes readers through a step-by-step program to discover the meaning and joys of healthy sexual intimacy."--Wendy Maltz, MSW, sex therapist, author of The Sexual Healing Journey and co-author of In the Garden of Desire "In "Sexual Anorexia: Overcoming Sexual Self-Hatred, " Patrick Carnes explores more of the continuum of human sexual dysfunction. With all the moral injunctions about sex that most of us received during childhood, it is difficult to see a lack of, or even revulsion of, sexual desire as a serious problem. In comparing these areas of difficulty with the anorexic and bulimic eating disorders, Carnes masterfully presents an easily understood structure of the disease process and a recovery regime that offers real hope for comfort in relationships."--Pia Mellody, RN, addictions and codependence consultant, author of "Facing Codependence, Breaking Free," and "Facing Love Addiction" "A valuable resource for men and women who have been afraid and confused about sex. Patrick Carnes has made another remarkable contribution that fosters sexual recovery and sexual healing. Using his trademark blend of wisdom, practical strategies, and personal stories, Carnes takes readers through a step-by-step program to discover the meaning and joys of healthy sexual intimacy."--Wendy Maltz, MSW, sex therapist, author of "The Sexual Healing Journey" and co-author of "In the Garden of Desire"

EAN: 9781568381442
ISBN: 1568381441
Publisher: Hazelden Information & Educational Services
Dimensions: 21.36 x 13.72 x 2.08 centimetres (0.45 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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