How child attachment programming affects adult libido and capacity for sexual pleasure: valuable contibutions of multidisciplinary research to expanding evidence-based sex therapy.

Dr Stella Resnick PhD

Multidisciplinary research reveals deep interconnections between early attachment programming and adult sexuality, particularly in a committed relationship when partners sometimes treat each other less like lovers and more like family. Secure, anxious, avoidant, and ambivalent attachment styles become brain and body-based roots of adult love styles. These affect sexual attraction, libido, emotional reactivity under stress, and whether sexual contact is motivated by love and pleasure, sought for reassurance, or performed as obligation. This presentation reviews findings in attachment, sexology, the psychology of flourishing, and studies on romantic love in long-term couples to demonstrate the value of a therapeutic model that integrates cognitive-behavioral and somatic-experiential approaches. 

Recorded in September 2013 at the 21st WAS Congress for Sexual Health
‘Sexual Issues Straight from the Heart,’ Porto Alegre, Brazil.
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Dr Stella Resnick PhD

Dr Stella Resnick, PhD is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Beverly Hills, CA, specialising in relationship and sexual enrichment. Her latest book is The Heart of Desire: Keys to the Pleasures of Love. Her previous book, The Pleasure Zone: Why We Resist Good Feelings has been translated into nine different languages, and is considered a classic. She served as past President of the Western Region of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, is a Diplomate of the American Board of Sexology, and an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, CE Provider, and Clinical Supervisor. Dr Resnick is frequently contacted by major magazines for interviews on topics related to happiness in relationships and sexual enrichment. She has been quoted in Reader’s Digest, Women’s World, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Playboy, Self, Redbook, McCall’s, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health, Glamour, Mademoiselle, Family Circle, Parenting, Prevention, and the Utne Reader. She has also written cover stories for Psychology Today, Self, and New Age. A prominent speaker and seminar leader, Dr Resnick is a regular presenter at professional conferences, including the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS), the American Association for Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), and the American Psychological Association (APA).

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