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Discusses sexual fantasies and masturbation, traces the stages of development in children's sexuality, and the implications of masturbation in the lives of married and unmarried adults
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This book focuses on the earliest and most enduring form of human eroticism – masturbation. Providing comprehensive coverage of both its physical and mental aspects, we offer a clear understanding of the psychological meaning of masturbation for everyone: females and males, children and adults, single and married people. Our work lifts the veils of mystification and fear that have long obscured the significance of this universal practice, bringing out its relevance for an individual’s personality development, sexual functioning and enjoyment, intimate relationships, and ability for productive work.
Through extensive research, interviews, a variety of vivid case histories, and our own personal vignettes, we illustrate how parents can help children form a positive and healthy awareness of their developing bodies and erotic feelings; how loving partners – regardless of sexual orientation – can use their masturbatory inclinations and experiences to deepen sexual communication; how unattached adults can enjoy autoerotic pleasure as an expression of self-love and personal validation. We also explain how people can use their masturbatory fantasies to resolve personal and relational conflicts.About the Author:
Irving Sarnoff, Ph.D. and Suzanne Sarnoff, M.Ed., both accomplished professionals in the field of psychology, have collaborated to write two books on sexuality, love, and marriage: Sexual Excitement/Sexual Peace (1979) and Love-Centered Marriage in a Self-Centered World (1989). The Sarnoffs co-taught courses on Human Sexual Love and the Psychology of Marriage at New York University from 1980-1992 and have appeared on numerous radio and television shows. Lifelong partners in marriage, parenthood, and work, they speak with exceptional credibility about the pleasures and problems facing everyone who hopes to attain sexual fulfillment and cultivate a loving relationship in today's world.
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