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Emotional Cheating or Harmless Fantasy?

A Slate reader says he can only climax by picturing someone other than his wife. Lizzie Crocker investigates these so-called partner-replacement fantasies to find out how common they really are.

Revving Up Your Romance

As relationships continue, maintaining passion and intimacy requires bringing more of your true self into the relationship. This article in the Denver Post by writer Jack Cox provides G-rated tips for revving up the passion in your relationship

Resurecting Sex: Excerpt from the Introduction

This excerpt from the Introduction of Resurrecting Sex provides an optimistic realistic and helpful view of common sexual difficulties. It explains what this book is about, what it offers and how this is unique among relationship self-help books.

The New New Sex Therapy--An Interview with Dr. David Schnarch

David Schnarch's book The Sexual Crucible presents the radical idea that good sex is not reducible to a technical intervention, based on anxiety reduction, but is rather a function of personal development. Given this, therapists will need to examine seriously their own personal development and ability to deal with complex intimate relationships. LIZ and MICHAEL GREEN interviewed Schnarch during his visit to Australia.

Passionate Marriage: Forever an Oxymoron?

This widely read article by Dr. David Schnarch appeared in the August-September 1997 issue of Psychotherapy Networker Magazine. It deconstructs common notions of "failure to communicate" and shows how "Like grains of sand funneling toward the "narrows" of an hourglass, marriage forces couples into a vortex of emotional struggle, where, to grow up, each must hold on to himself or herself, in the context of each other."

Book Review of Passionate Marriage by Dr. David Schnarch

This book review by Eric McCollum of Passionate Marriage appeared in the July-August 1997 issue of Psychotherapy Networker Magazine.

Why You Don't Want to Have Sex

Dr. Ruth Morehouse was quoted in The Oprah Magazine article by Audrey Edwards dealing with the fact that many modern women find themselves losing sexual desire, even in the midst of a loving and committed relationship. The article contains the following points from Dr. Morehouse.

The Search for Intimacy Inside the Sexual Crucible

This article written by Dr. David Schnarch and published in the Psychotherapy Networker Magazine was many therapists' first introduction to the Crucible Approach's unique take on emotional intimacy in love relationships. Challenging prevailing notions of intimacy being a soothing safe haven for insecure people with "attachment wounds," this piece expands on a differentiation-based view of intimacy as a "people-growing machine."

Your Sexiest Self--Get It Back!

Wonder what it would be like to visit with one of the world's most famous sex therapists to put the sizzle back in your relationship? Fearless writer Amanda Robb and her husband go for a consult with Dr. David Schnarch to find out. Her amazingly candid report was a feature article in the February 2010 issue of Good Housekeeping Magazine.

Interview with Dr. David Schnarch in Washington Association for Marriage & Family Therapy Newsletter

In anticipation of the one-day workshop conducted by Dr. David Schnarch at the 2010 WAMFT annual conference (March 13) at Seattle Pacific University, Kim Gilliland and Colleen Quitslund spoke with him about his latest ideas about sexual desire and helping couples with sexual desire problems. WAMFT had its largest attendence ever--a sold-out audience of 250+ therapists.

The Sex Gurus

When an actress from a top-rated television show writes a book about how to have an orgasm, you know the sex-therapy industry is thriving. But, asks George Epaminondas, just how expert are the sexperts? Dr. David Schnarch is the real deal.

Interview with Dr. David Schnarch for

This interview with Dr. David Schnarch discusses the true nature of intimacy, how this differs from mutual-validation pacts, the relationship between intimacy and passion, and how Crucible Therapy differs from conventional approaches to sexuality and relationship counseling.