Love is often invoked in therapy, is presumed to be the overarching ideal context for sexual function, and is vital to our psychology at every stage in life. Yet the subject is generally avoided by mental health professionals, sexual therapists, and sex researchers. This presentation provides nine overlapping meanings of love. The work is a personal synthesis based on decades of clinical immersion as therapist, extensive reading including the scientific literature, and personal experience.
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Recorded: Sydney, Australia, April 2007