Mating in Captivity

Mating in Captivity : How to keep desire and passion alive in long-term relationships

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When you love someone, how does it feel? And when you desire someone, how is it different?

In Mating in Captivity, Esther Perel looks at the story of sex in committed couples. Modern romance promises it all - a lifetime of togetherness, intimacy and erotic desire. In reality, it's hard to want what you already have. Our quest for secure love conflicts with our pursuit of passion. And often, the very thing that got us to into our relationships - lust - is the one thing that goes missing from them.

Determined to reconcile the erotic and the domestic, Perel explains why democracy is a passion killer in the bedroom. Argues for playfulness, distance, and uncertainty. And shows what it takes to bring lust home. Smart, sexy and explosively original, Mating in Captivity is the monogamist's essential bedside read.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 131 x 198 x 18mm | 193g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0340943750
  • 9780340943755
  • 1,188

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'At precisely the same moment that you're being shocked by her, you're also acknowledging the validity of her ideas. Perel's ideas are like the chorus of a really good pop song - instantly familiar because they resonate deeply. It's all rather terrifying in its intuitiveness and its pure rightness' * Observer * 'Reads like a cross between the works of Jacques Lacan and French Women Don't Get Fat' * The New Yorker * 'An elegant sociological study, complete with erudite literary and anthropological references' * Daily Telegraph *
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About Esther Perel

Psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author Esther Perel is recognised as one of today's most insightful and original voices on modern relationships. Fluent in nine languages, she helms a therapy practice in New York City and serves as an organisational consultant for Fortune 500 companies around the world. Her celebrated TED Talks have garnered more than 30 million views and her international bestseller Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence is a global phenomenon that has been translated into nearly 30 languages. Her newest book is the New York Times bestseller The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity. Esther is also an executive producer and host of the popular podcasts Where Should We Begin? and How's Work? Learn more at EstherPerel.com or by following @EstherPerelOfficial on Instagram.
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