- Paperback: 244 pages
- Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; Reprint edition (30 October 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780060753641
- ISBN-13: 978-0060753641
- ASIN: 0060753641
- Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 13.5 x 20.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 240 g
- Customer Reviews: 975 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Mating In Captivity Paperback – 30 October 2007
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"An elegant sociological study, complete with erudite literary and anthropological references."--Daily Telegraph (London)
"An excellent book, full of provocative prose and entertaining case illustrations."--Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy
"Her advice is refreshingly counterintuitive."--Salon.com
"Mating in Captivity...articulates a poignant and unacknowledged modern crisis for the first time."--The Evening Standard (London)
"So honest it hurts."--Irish Times
"This is a brave book...refreshing."--The Times Higher Education Supplement
"Well argued points written with considerable eloquence."--Jerusalem Post
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One of the world's most respected voices on erotic intelligence, Esther Perel offers a bold, provocative new take on intimacy and sex. Mating in Captivity invites us to explore the paradoxical union of domesticity and sexual desire, and explains what it takes to bring lust home.
Drawing on more than twenty years of experience as a couples therapist, Perel examines the complexities of sustaining desire. Through case studies and lively discussion, Perel demonstrates how more exciting, playful, and even poetic sex is possible in long-term relationships. Wise, witty, and as revelatory as it is straightforward, Mating in Captivity is a sensational book that will transform the way you live and love.
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Perel shows that many of our hopes, fears, desires and fantasies are not that weird at all, in fact they're more common than we realise and are mostly part of a normal, healthy mindset. Its just that we've been conditioned down certain routes and traditions of whats acceptable and what isn't. So much so that we don't always feel comfortable disclosing our needs and desires to even the closest person to us.
In some of her many talks that appear on youtube, Perel often hints at questioning whether monogamy is for everyone or whether its realistic at all. In the book, in one of the later chapters, she spells out her view more clearly... that monogamy is just as much a choice as any lifestyle choices, and although it's a model that fits many people, that it should not be regarded as the only way to be. She also points out the hypocrisy and changing definitions of monogamy (ie, one sexual partner for life). You could have two long term relationships, and consider yourself monogamous in both of them (!?), but as soon as you slept with the second partner, you were not monogamous!
She gives lots of examples of couples who talked things over and thrashed things out under her guidance and with her insight, and in each case the couples eventually came good and made the adjustments needed for a more fulfilling sex life. My only criticism is that she never gives examples of when, having disclosed their innermost thoughts and secrets, the couple realise they are incompatible, not on the same wavelength and split up! Taking a risk and opening up to your partner can have wonderfully positive effects, but it could also be a deal-breaker, and Perel doesn't seem to fully acknowledge this. It could be argued, though, that the risk of not communicating, putting your head in the sand and trying to maintain the status quo has its own unhappy consequences.
Nevertheless, it is an honest, helpful and thought-provoking read for any couple in a long term relationship who have started to wonder where has all the magic gone and why is sex becoming a bit boring and predictable.
This is a thought-provoking book rather than a practical one - there aren't bullet point lists, plans or outright 'rules', but it'll make you consider your own relationships and habits, which is perhaps more meaningful in the long term. I listen to her podcast, Where Should We Begin?, so some of the content was a little familiar to me, but I enjoyed reading throughout.
Highly recommend this book!
Recommended to look into your own heart and perhaps help understand something of others.