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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (Jan. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312269331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312269333
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2.9 x 22.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,381,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Arousal represents an important advance in psychoanalytic thinking about sexual fantasies."--Nancy Friday, author of" My Secret Garden"
"Bader's story theory of sexual arousal is revolutionary. It has the potential to change forever the way we understand everything about sex. I believe that he has no equal among psychoanalysts in his understanding and elucidation of sexual passion."--Kim Chernin, author of "In My Mother's House"
"In this brilliant new work, Dr. Michael Bader offers an original and provocative theory that is the most definitive explanation I have ever read of both the psychological and social dynamics of sexual arousal. This highly readable and engaging book should be required reading not only for practicing psychotherapists but for all those who are interested in the how and why of sexual arousal."--Lillian B. Rubin, Ph.D., author of" Intimate Strangers"
"Bader is a clear, graceful writer, and he makes his points with rare facility in a way useful to both lay people and therapeutic professionals."--"Library Journal"
"An insider's look at what goes on behind the scenes of our desires."--"Kirkus Reviews"
"Bader comes across as a compassionate psychotherapist, dedicated to exploring desire in whatever shape it might take."--"Library Journal"


Arousal represents an important advance in psychoanalytic thinking about sexual fantasies. "Nancy Friday, author of My Secret Garden"

Bader's story theory of sexual arousal is revolutionary. It has the potential to change forever the way we understand everything about sex. I believe that he has no equal among psychoanalysts in his understanding and elucidation of sexual passion. "Kim Chernin, author of In My Mother's House"

In this brilliant new work, Dr. Michael Bader offers an original and provocative theory that is the most definitive explanation I have ever read of both the psychological and social dynamics of sexual arousal. This highly readable and engaging book should be required reading not only for practicing psychotherapists but for all those who are interested in the how and why of sexual arousal. "Lillian B. Rubin, Ph.D., author of Intimate Strangers"

Bader is a clear, graceful writer, and he makes his points with rare facility in a way useful to both lay people and therapeutic professionals. "Library Journal"

An insider's look at what goes on behind the scenes of our desires. "Kirkus Reviews"

Bader comes across as a compassionate psychotherapist, dedicated to exploring desire in whatever shape it might take. "Library Journal""

This book is not only for professionals but also for anyone curious about the roots of sexuality. Nancy Friday, author of My Secret Garden

...an original and provocative theory that is the most definitive explanation I have ever read of...sexual arousal. Lillian P. Rubin, Ph.D., author of Tangled Lives: Daughters, Mothers, and the Crucible of Aging and Intimate Strangers)

In his ability to analyze the interaction of psychology and culture, Michael Bader is without peer in intellectual life today. Michael Lerner, Editor of Tikkun magazine

Everyone can now see that theory can be sexy. Arousal goes where Viagra fears to tread. Phillip Kaufman, director of Quills and The Unbearable Lightness of Being

...a fascinating explanation of the bewildering diversity, and often bizarreness, of our sexual fantasies. Robert Wallerstein, M.D. Former Chair, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco, Past President International Psychoanalytic Association, and Past President, American Psychoanalytic Association

I have never read a book that so powerfully explains sexual dysfunction as does Michael Bader's brilliant new work, Arousal. Dennis J. Zeitlin, M.D

Bader's story theory of sexual arousal is revolutionary. It has the potential to change forever the way we understand everything about sex. I believe that he has no equal among psychoanalysts in his understanding and elucidation of sexual passion. Kim Chernin, author of In My Mother's House

Bader is a clear, graceful writer, and he makes his points with rare facility in a way useful to both lay people and therapeutic professionals. Library Journal

An insider's look at what goes on behind the scenes of our desires. Kirkus Reviews" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

Most people know what their sexual fantasies are but few of us have an insight into why they work. In this groundbreaking exploration of the libido, Dr Michael Bader draws on 25 years experience as a psychotherapist to offer a new theory of sexual desire: that our sexual imaginations are a 'portable first-aid kit for our psyches'.
His analysis - that our fantasies are neither kinky nor perverse, but dependent on a need for psychological safety - enables us to understand the complex dynamics that determine our sexual preferences. Dr Bader uses case studies from his own practice to build up a convincing argument that our fantasies - from the conventional to the seemingly bizarre - work as an antidote to the non-sexual fears and anxieties each of us carries over from childhood. Bader's non-judgemental findings are revelatory and empowering, bringing fresh thinking to a subject we smugly thought we had finished analysing.
Arousal enables both female and male readers to understand their own and their partner's sexual desires. It offers radical ideas about sexual chemistry and explores the different ways in which men and women get excited. Both accessible and enlightening, Arousal is an important, jargon-free landmark in sexual psychology that is invaluable to anyone interested in human relationships. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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I liked this book. As someone with research and clinical interests in sexuality I get to read many texts, some impossibly academic, some overly simplistic or naieve. This book is both highly readable and academically intelligent. I'd say it is ideally suited to anyone in the counselling and psychotherapy business as it helps present a balanced and thougthful way of looking at an area of intrapersonal life that is so often shrouded in secrecy, shame and taboo. Case vignettes offer interesting points of illustration to the authors ideas. Enjoy this book and then save up and treat yourself to another absolute essential read: Safe, Sane and Consensual: Contemporary Perspectives on Sadomasochism
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Arousal is one of many books that attempts to unlock the `secret' behind our deepest, and most private thoughts, desires and fantasies in an accessible format that will suit therapists, individuals, couples and lay people interested in the subject . Why are fantasies such a taboo subject that makes us blush just to even think about them? Why have societal views over the centuries driven what was once a normal, accepted manner of passionate interaction between lovers into a contemptible abnormality? Private desires have been turned into a frenzy of punitive perversions that have caused significant damage to people's development of their own self identity, but also to how they relate to each other from a deep sense of shame, guilt and helplessness about what are essentially natural and normal desires. Dr Bader takes the reader gently through our own rationales and questions about why we feel and think in certain ways about love and sex, and emphasises that not only is what we feel normal and healthy, but that it is vital for our `psychological safety'. Arousal is peppered with vignettes from Dr Bader's work, which enables the reader to access real life case studies about normal, everyday people with sometimes extraordinary fantasies - and takes the reader through the journey of a fantasy and how it takes form from an innocent thought to a potentially maleficent entity if it gets out of hand. A highly recommended and accessible text that enables the reader to understand why guilt, shame and anxiety play such a large part in the breakdown of intimacy in relationships, and why, perhaps, society is turning ever readily to the rapid influx of porn thus adding to the damage being caused to that most precious thing, Love.Read more ›
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I thought this book was brilliant and very insightful. It felt it was very easy to read. I read it in three or four days and I would have read it all in one sitting only that it all too often gave me so much to think about that I just had to take a break. It has been one of the best books (not just in it's catorgory) I've read in the last 5 years. I very highly recommend it.
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This is definitely one of the best books on sex and on psychology in generaly. The author is a psychoanalyst who does not tow the Freudian line and sees sexual fantasies as ways of reaching a position of safety. I felt very assured reading the book. Highly recommended.
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