Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
:
Login
Tip: To view citations for the most cited journals…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

Statistics of the number of citations for the Most Cited Journal Articles on PEP Web can be reviewed by clicking on the “See full statistics…” link located at the end of the Most Cited Journal Articles list in the PEP tab.

 

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Heiman, M. (1973). Human Sexual Inadequacy. Psychoanal Q., 42:139-145.

(1973). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 42:139-145

Human Sexual Inadequacy

Review by:
Marcel Heiman

By William H. Masters and Virginia E. Johnson. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1970. 467 pp.

UNDERSTANDING HUMAN SEXUAL INADEQUACY. By Fred Belliveau and Lin Richter. New York: Bantam Books, 1970. 242 pp.

Masters and Johnson's first sentence contains an essential aspect of their therapeutic approach: '… there is no such thing as an uninvolved partner in any marriage in which there is some form of sexual inadequacy'. They consider neither the dysfunctional member nor the marital partner the real patient; the patient is 'the marital relationship'. It was therefore almost inevitable that the therapist evolved into a 'dual-sex therapy team'. The 'dualsex patient' treated by a dual-sex team represents in the view of this reporter a significant modification in the treatment of sexual difficulties. The treatment goal is 'the reversal of symptoms of sexual inadequacy in psychoneurotic patients' (reviewer's italics). This limited goal does not compete with the broader goal of patients in psychotherapy.

The first two days of a couple's treatment are spent in history taking and in sexual abstinence. On the third day, following complete physical and laboratory examinations, the two therapists and the two patients sit together for the first 'roundtable' meeting. At the meeting the couple is confronted with an objective presentation of their sexual problem by the co-therapists. They then receive 'authoritative' instruction 'regarding sensory appreciation' of sexual feelings, beginning with touch and called 'sensate focus'.

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the book or article. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.]

Copyright © 2021, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.