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Demystifying Love : Plain Talk for the Mental Health Professional.

By: Levine, Stephen B.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Florence : Taylor and Francis, 2014Copyright date: ©2007Description: 1 online resource (200 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780203943885.Subject(s): Interpersonal relations | Love | Marital psychotherapy | Psychology | SexGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Demystifying Love : Plain Talk for the Mental Health ProfessionalDDC classification: 152.41 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover -- Halfitle -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Preface -- 1. The Nouns of Love -- 2. The Verbs of Love -- 3. Professional Humility and the Erotic Transference -- 4. The Path to Love: Psychological Intimacy -- 5. Sexual Desire: Simplicity and Complexity -- 6. Infidelity: Vital Background Concepts -- 7. Infidelity: The Work of the Therapist -- 8. Love Is Connection-Disconnection-Reconnection -- References -- Index.
Summary: Intended primarily for mental health professionals, Demystifying Love deals plainly with topics rarely written about for clinicians. The book discusses in a small package highly readable and useful topics, such as love (as both noun and verb), psychological intimacy, sexual desire, as well as infidelity, both in background concepts and clinical guidelines. As the book shows, love is the logical point of departure for a clinical understanding of sexuality and its problems. It is the most conventional framework for understanding sexual behaviors, the one that is broadly endorsed across many cultures, often as the ideal context for sexual expression. The book integrates an analysis of love in patients dealing with intimacy, sexual desire, infidelity, forgiveness and reconciliation. Detailed with compelling case studies, the author's skill as a therapist comes through in the discussion of these topics-many of which are at the heart of numerous couple problems. In creating this illuminating work for mental health professionals, Dr. Levine may have underestimated its appeal.  Dr. Levine's ability to shed light on our internal processes as we love and attempt to be loved throughout life may prove to be of interest to a far broader audience.
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Cover -- Halfitle -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Preface -- 1. The Nouns of Love -- 2. The Verbs of Love -- 3. Professional Humility and the Erotic Transference -- 4. The Path to Love: Psychological Intimacy -- 5. Sexual Desire: Simplicity and Complexity -- 6. Infidelity: Vital Background Concepts -- 7. Infidelity: The Work of the Therapist -- 8. Love Is Connection-Disconnection-Reconnection -- References -- Index.

Intended primarily for mental health professionals, Demystifying Love deals plainly with topics rarely written about for clinicians. The book discusses in a small package highly readable and useful topics, such as love (as both noun and verb), psychological intimacy, sexual desire, as well as infidelity, both in background concepts and clinical guidelines. As the book shows, love is the logical point of departure for a clinical understanding of sexuality and its problems. It is the most conventional framework for understanding sexual behaviors, the one that is broadly endorsed across many cultures, often as the ideal context for sexual expression. The book integrates an analysis of love in patients dealing with intimacy, sexual desire, infidelity, forgiveness and reconciliation. Detailed with compelling case studies, the author's skill as a therapist comes through in the discussion of these topics-many of which are at the heart of numerous couple problems. In creating this illuminating work for mental health professionals, Dr. Levine may have underestimated its appeal.  Dr. Levine's ability to shed light on our internal processes as we love and attempt to be loved throughout life may prove to be of interest to a far broader audience.

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Levine (psychiatry, Case Western Reserve Univ. Medical School) brings to this study considerable experience as a couples therapist. He discusses problems in long-term love relations in which sex is the socially expected outcome. The early chapters are about "love" as a noun (i.e., as a force of nature) and "love" as a verb (i.e., falling in love). In subsequent chapters he examines how couples maintain relationships in the face of life changes and aging. The two strongest chapters are on treating couples when infidelity is involved; Levine uses case examples to illustrate the problem and its treatment. The book includes dozens of references to research and practice by leaders in the field and is intended specifically for practitioners working with couples. Other readers looking for sources of information about love and its complications will do better with David Buss's The Evolution of Desire: Strategies of Human Mating (CH, Oct'94, 32-1010; rev. ed., 2003) or Helen Fisher's Why We Love: The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love (2004). Summing Up: Recommended. Professionals only. W. P. Anderson emeritus, University of Missouri--Columbia

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<p>Stephen B. Levine, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He has written four solo-authored books on sexuality and co-edited the Handbook of Clinical Sexuality for Mental Health Professionals.</p>

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