12th out of 83 books — 34 voters
The Erotic Mind: Unlocking the Inner Sources of Passion and Fulfillment
by Jack Morin
Challenging accepted theories about what makes for terrific sex, The Erotic Mind is a breakthrough exploration of the least understood dimensions of human sexuality—the psychology of desire, arousal, and fulfillment. Nationally known sex therapist Dr. Jack Morin offers a bold new perspective that celebrates the joys of Eros without denying its risks.
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 2nd 1996 by Harper Perennial
(first published September 1st 1995)
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Sexy book. I had to read this for a Human Sexuality class. Unlike the other two texts I have read and I am going to go out in a limb here and say most self help books in general, Morin differs from other authors because he takes the time to really look at the philosophical and psychological drivers behind desire. So, while it is punctuated by saucy and slutty stories and fantasies, there is some great meat to chew on intellectually about the nature of desire.
What makes some sexual experiences so much more exciting than others? Why do we often find ourselves replicating the same patterns in fantasies and attraction? How can we maintain eroticism even in long-term relationships? The Erotic Mind, by sex therapist Dr. Jack Morin, looks at all these questions and more by considering the best of our sexual histories, looking at peak turn-ons and encounters to help understand the components of our individual eroticisms. Through the presentation of diverse...more
This a fascinating book about what turns us on, and why finding out what turns you on, specifically, can be a key to your personality, to deep levels of your subconscious. According to the author, most of all your fantasies are usually on the same theme - different scenarios, but the same theme. Also, if you would analyze the real life encounters that were the most arousing, they would have the same theme too. Everyone has a core erotic theme, as he calls it. That one thing that always turns us...more
Very interesting book. Gives a unique and nonjudgmental perspective on exploring the depths of one's most erotic thought patterns, incorporating elements from a more holistic framework. I highly recommend it, for the sexually 'stuck' to the just plain curious thinker.
this is a really good book but i haven't finished it and i'm not sure when/if i will. i appreciate his understandings around desire... specifically the ways that "negative emotions" can heighten desire. he introduces the idea of "core erotic theme" i.e. which unresolved questions from childhood are being played out through your sex life... it's deep stuff, and non-shaming, non-judgemental. it's helpful for self-understanding and consciously learning how to address sexual issues in a way that pri...more
Jul 15, 2008 Theodora rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: anyone navigating their sexuality
Recommended to Theodora by: Nomy
Read this book right when I needed it. Like the friend who recommended it to me said, I wished it wasn't so heteronormative and there was this weird line about National Geographic. But -- still -- this book was a turning point in how I think about my sexuality. Occasionally his religion-dissing was tired, but felt right in places where it fit. Recommended for anyone interested in really digging in deep. I know I'll be looking at this book for a while.
The author has some interesting views... I enjoyed his deliniation between the biological mechanics of sexual behavior and the psychological nature of eroticism. He presents his case in clear, compelling language. I only give it three stars because I expected a more advanced exploration of the topic; instead, the author could quite make up his mind between writing a clinical book and a popular book. Still, for those interested in the topic, it's a good read.
If I had to recommend one and only one book about human sexuality, it would be Jack Morin's The Erotic Mind, a book about unpacking and unlocking the sources of your sexuality embedded within your sexual fantasies and turn-ons. It's a wonderful, and eye-opening, book about the psychological dimensions of sex.