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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Harpercollins (Sept. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060169753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060169756
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 17.1 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 523,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the most effective and enjoyable ways to unlock the mysteries of the eros is to reminisce about your most compelling turn-ons. Read the first page
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hannah on 23 May 2014
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I was searching for answers to some disturbing and hard-to-accept fantasies that i'd had for a number of years. Rather than hiding or suppressing them, I decided to read this book to understand them better, since they had been causing me much anxiety and pain.

Needless to say, I spent literally all night reading through the book, and loved how compassionnate Morin is. It was not only a fascinating read -devoid of judgement- but it also provides an opportunity to grow and respect your sexuality in the awareness that it is much more complex than one could ever imagine.

Recommended for anyone shocked, guilty or anxious about their sexual fantasies.
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163 of 166 people found the following review helpful
Positive Review by a Psychologist 2 Jan. 2002
By David H. Peterzell PhD PhD - Published on
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In order to be licensed to practice clinical psychology in California, it is necessary to take a seminar on human sexuality. That's how I first heard about this book. The organizer believed that this is the foremost text on human sexuality and sex therapy, and now I can see why...
This is powerful, valuable stuff. Here's what makes it good:
1. I believe that Morin's landmark contribution is his "paradoxical perspective on eroticism." It challenges a variety of widely-accepted theories about attraction and great sex. As Morin states, "this new paradigm acknowledges and embraces the contradictory, dual-edged nature of erotic life. It recognizes that anything that inhibits arousal-including anxiety or guilt-can, under different circumstances, amplify it." The paradoxical view is at the heart of what makes this book special. It isn't just some scholarly, cerebral view, but rather a theory with profound experiential/practical significance. For instance, as one more fully experiences the profoundest subjective erotic rewards, one also experiences more strongly the tension between passion and fulfillment.
2. The book unearths readers' own sexual desires and sexual behaviors (or "Core Erotic Themes"), using unique self-assessment tools. Lots of people (including me) feel that this book really helps them see for the first time their sexual essence, which underlies their perplexing historical feelings and behaviors. Somehow, the revelations are more relieving than shocking. As you get to the bottom of what really turns you on within Morin's system, the world may look different! Of course, there's also great value in determining what makes your partner (or potential partner) click.
3. The book provides concrete tools for understanding and achieving peak eroticism ("emotional aphrodisiacs"). These include ways to increase sexual and orgasmic intensity, reduce inhibitions, improve validation received and given, and transcend personal boundaries. Additionally, it provides ways to address "troublesome turn-ons" which lead to destructive, repetitive behaviors.
4.Morin clarifies how to intensify desire and arousal in oneself and others. Much of the work is paradoxical, and explores eroticism in ways not available elsewhere. Moreover, it provides ways to evaluate sexual well-being from the "paradoxical" perspective ("signposts to erotic health")
5. It provides plenty revealing stories of peak sexual experiences. These stories improve understanding, but more importantly detoxify stigma, anxiety, guilt, anger and avoidance. Most people will find their doppelgangers here...
6. The author is a well established sex therapist, researcher, and psychotherapist.
If I have any criticism, it is that the book becomes repetetive in places. So what?
73 of 75 people found the following review helpful
A must read for anyone across the board 29 Dec. 1999
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I bought this book because of some issues that I wanted to understand and resolve in my relationship (mostly waning desire.) This is the first book that I've read that doesn't just give some corny advice on behavior change (spend more time together, touch eachother more, etc.) This book really gets at the heart of where our desires come from, how we are influenced by our early erotic thoughts and how this knowledge can help us overcome troublesome issues. The other wonderful thing this book did for me was explain how waning desire is normal and may not signal the end of your relationship. The self assessment tool was also very helpful, as was the non-judgmental analysis of the erotic fantasies of those who were surveyed for the book. It is not smutty and not too clinical in it's approach, just very practical. This is the first book that I feel my spouse will actually read and derive some benefit from. I am recommending it to everyone I know that wants to get in better touch with their sexuality or just improve their relationships in general.
48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
This book has changed my life. 27 Nov. 2000
By Mel F. Louis - Published on
Format: Paperback
I don't know how to contact Jack Morin, so I will use this review to say "Thank You" for writing this book.
This book has helped me "unlock", reveal to myself and understand *why* I have behaved the way I have sexually, and why I have made so many of the other "non-sexual" choices I have made in my life (and I have been searching for these answers for most of my adult life).
His thoughtful approach to non self-judgemental exploration, and his practical and conscientous suggestions for overcoming (or accepting) the most vexing facets of your sexual being make for a book that to my knowledge, has no equal.
I can't believe there is anyone who wouldn't be transformed by careful reading of this book, and its value only increases when you are able to pass it on to someone you care about.
If your heart weighs heavy with the choices you have made, and you "question" why you desire the things, people and situations that you must read this book.
This is one of 5 or 6 books I will never be without.
41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Transformational 13 April 2000
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Reading book has been one of the most self-revealing andinsighful expereinces I've ever had with sexual psychology. Why doesWHAT turn us on, indeed TURN us On, over and over again? Is it changeable, and do we have any control over that? This is not a bunch of silly platitudes and self-help garbage you would read in a women's magazine--it's revolutionary, and even though some things were hard for me to admit, Morin is so compassionate and thoughtful, that you really feel like you have the tools and the ability to look at your sexuality with the same generousity, curiousity, and accpetance that he does.
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
selected as text for national masters of counseling progam 20 April 2000
By Douglas Braun-Harvey, The Sexual Dependency Institute of San Diego - Published on
Format: Paperback
The Erotic Mind challenges the reader to welcome into conciousness many discarded or denied aspects of ourselves. It welcomes us to reclaim the aspects of our sexual and sensuous selves that we may have believed were wrong, bad, inappropriate and secretive. Jack Morin uses humor, clinical case examples and simply stated but elegant concepts to create curiosity about our erotic world. It is an excellent teaching tool for advanced level human sexuality courses that require students to move beyond plumbing and conception to the endless possibilities of erotic excitement. This is an undervalued area of training and education for most psychotherapists. I recommend it highly.
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