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How child attachment programming affects adult libido and capacity for sexual pleasure: valuable contibutions of multidisciplinary research to expanding evidence-based sex therapy.

How child attachment programming affects adult libido and capacity for sexual pleasure: valuable contibutions of multidisciplinary research to expanding evidence-based sex therapy.

Multidisciplinary research reveals deep interconnections between early attachment programming and adult sexuality, particularly in a committed relationship when partners sometimes treat each other less like lovers and more like family. Secure, anxious, avoidant, and ambivalent attachment styles become brain and body-based roots of adult love styles. These affect sexual attraction, libido, emotional reactivity under stress, and whether sexual contact is motivated by love and pleasure, sought for reassurance, or performed as obligation. This presentation reviews findings in attachment, sexology, the psychology of flourishing, and studies on romantic love in long-term couples to demonstrate the value of a therapeutic model that integrates cognitive-behavioral and somatic-experiential approaches.

The studies show that subtle cues— nonverbal micro-communications, facial expressions, vocal tones, and gestures—can play a crucial role inhibiting sexual arousal, trust, and pleasurable abandonment. Conversely, reframing sexual issues as opportunities to become more attuned to one’s body, and to the partner’s, deepens therapy, helps release old fears, resentments, guilt and shame, and encourages more sexual discovery and openness to erotic playfulness.

We explore clinical tools for identifying body language between partners that can inhibit or stimulate sexual feelings. Teaching basic embodiment exercises like breath awareness, and visceral and sensory perceptiveness, helps partners learn to self-regulate and mutually-regulate stress. Key skills for both sexes involve developing the ability to contain and sustain sexual arousal and to bring their bodies into energetic synchrony. The emphasis in all methods is on helping clients transcend old patterns and broaden their repertoire of sexual pleasures.

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