The Sexual Tipping Point (STP) Model® arose from approximately two decades of collaboration with Kaplan, at NY Weill Cornell Medical Center. Kaplan (1995) described a "psychosomatic" dual-control model of sexual motivation emphasizing “inhibition/excitation” processes. Yet, by 2000, worldwide media seemed exclusively focused on the “robust” efficacy of sexual pharmaceuticals. It seemed critical to advance a model that would help professionals and the public alike, understand that sex is always both "mental and physical". STP was intended to easily describe the mind/body concept (underlying all psychophysiological phenomena): "mental" factors can "turn you on" as well as "turn you off"; the same is true of the "physical” factors.
Although explained in earlier presentations, STP gained a larger audience with the JSM (2005) publication of "The Sexual Tipping Point" abstract, that described this etiological model for sexual function and dysfunction. The STP model complemented the early seminal work of Bancroft and later Jansen, Graham, & Sanders who provided erudite articulation of “dual-control” theory, psychometrics, and comprehensive research. However, STP remains a very convenient heuristic device when advocating for sexual counseling to be integrated with current and future “translational” medical advances, in-order to provide a combination treatment having the best benefit/risk for patients with sexual disorders.
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Perelman MA. “The Sexual Tipping Point®: A Mind/Body Model For Sexual Medicine.” J Sexual Medicine, 2009;6(3):629-32.
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