The Sexual Alarm System

The Sexual Alarm System : Women's Unwanted Response to Sexual Intimacy and How to Overcome It

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The Sexual Alarm System: Women's Unwanted Response to Sexual Intimacy and How to Overcome It by Judith Leavitt explores the shield that develops around many women's bodies to protect them from real and perceived sexual intrusions and dangers. Because the Sexual Alarm System interferes with a woman's ability to be sexual, this book presents specific body exercises for therapists to give to women to work through this Alarm and to develop the ability to enjoy their sexuality.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 183 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 476.27g
  • Northvale NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0765709155
  • 9780765709158

Table of contents

Part I: Understanding the Sexual Alarm System
Chapter 1: What is the Sexual Alarm System
Chapter 2: What Triggers the Sexual Alarm System
Chapter 3: Physiology
Part II: Background of the Sexual Alarm System
Chapter 4: History of Women's Sexuality
Chapter 5: History of Sex Therapy and Working with Women's Sexual Issues
Chapter 6: Sexual Development of Girls and the SAS
Chapter 7: Women's Fear of Sexuality: Additional Issues
Part III: Ways of Working with the Sexual Alarm System
Chapter 8: Going Around the Sexual Alarm System
Chapter 9: Addressing Men
Chapter 10: The Exercises: An Overview
Chapter 11: Experiencing All the Dimensions of Sexuality without the Arousal: The Ingredients Chapter 12: The Progressive Exercises
Part IV: Beyond the Basic Exercises
Chapter 13: Couples Exercises
Chapter 14: Adding Subjective Arousal
Chapter 15: Working Through the SAS
Chapter 16: Summary and Other Approaches for Dealing with the SAS
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Review quote

Judith Leavitt has identified a new phenomenon in human sexuality and sex therapy known as the sexual alarm system. Therapists, particularly sex therapists, and women alike will gain informative, useful, and therapeutic information from this text. -- Gerald Weeks, University of Nevada, Las Vegas Dr. Judith Leavitt draws from her long career in sex therapy to identify the psychoneurobiology of the 'sexual alarm system' triggered by age-old control, misogyny, and over-sexualization of women and girls. Her clear, well-documented book offers practical strategies to help women regain personal pleasure and intimate connection. This is a unique and invaluable resource for healthcare professionals, for women, and for their partners. -- Gina Ogden, author of "The Heart and Soul of Sex", "Women Who Love Sex", and "The Return of Desire" Groundbreaking! Judith Leavitt has given us the missing key to understanding and effectively addressing sexual desire problems in women. -- Wendy Maltz, LCSW, author of "The Sexual Healing Journey" and "The Porn Trap"
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About Judith Leavitt

Judy Leavitt, EdD, is a licensed psychologist and diplomate certified sex therapist. She has a private practice in Wayland, Massachusetts where she works with individuals, couples, and families. At the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology in Boston, Massachusetts, she is an adjunct faculty teaching women's psychosexual development and experience, human sexuality, and couples therapy.
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