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Caruso, N.J. (2014). Sexual Desire Disorder: A Case Study from a Dynamic Perspective. Cpl. Fam. Psychoanal., 4(2):166-185.

(2014). Couple and Family Psychoanalysis, 4(2):166-185

Sexual Desire Disorder: A Case Study from a Dynamic Perspective

Norma J. Caruso

This paper examines the dynamics of sexual desire by considering a couple with loss of desire in one partner. It uses the language of attachment and object relations to understand the couple's sexual dysfunction and illustrates the integration of behavioural and psychoanalytic techniques to provide treatment. The treatment outcome supports the idea that compared with those with less secure attachment patterns, more securely attached individuals are better able to integrate attachment and sexuality (Eagle, 2007). This paper also upholds the attachment tenet that a secure base serves as the foundation for exploration (Ainsworth, 1972), in this case, of the body (Holmes, 2007).

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