What couple does not want to be happy?

It is safe to say that virtually all committed couples want secure and satisfying relationships. Psychotherapist Esther Perel looks at how to accomplish just that in her book Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence. Drawing on decades of experience working with patients, Perel tackles such topics as jealousy, boredom, communication, and more, and she does so with interesting, real-world examples that will inspire a powerful level of self-reflection and discovery within the reader.

Is it truly possible to maintain intimacy and desire over the long haul?

Perel would argue that the key to maintaining intimacy and desire in a relationship over time is in continually developing one’s erotic intelligence, or the ability to court pleasure and mystery in one’s relationship. This idea originated in her observations regarding her parents’ marriage. They were both Holocaust survivors, who, according to Perel, decided to heal their trauma by doubling down on living, which involved fully embracing a playful energy and outlook on life. Put simply, erotic intelligence is an attitude, a way of life, an approach to living.

If you relish entertaining and informative books, definitely read Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence by Esther Perel. Seriously, I cannot recommend this book enough…

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