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Love and Passion: with recent contributions from infant research, recognition theory, and neuroscience.

Love and Passion: with recent contributions from infant research, recognition theory, and neuroscience.

Infant studies demonstrate that the human capacity for intersubjetivity is present at birth. Neuroscience demonstrates that the prefrontal cortex actually organizes other parts of the brain and neurological systems according to the interpersonal experiences available and not available to the infant. Right brain to right brain affective communication can be achieved between infant and caregiver through the cultivation of complex processes of mutual affect attunement and regulation – thus giving rise to reciprocal experiences of mutual pleasure.

The human polyvegal nerves allow genetically-driven neuroception of safety and danger – of potential pleasure and pain – that can give rise to a developing sense of safety, security, and love. Recognition and attachment theories clarify how these and other primal human response systems can be cultivated toward mutual pleasuring in infancy and early childhood, pleasuring that is foundational to later experiences of reciprocal and mutual sexual pleasure accompanied by a sense of psychological attunement and union. Relational psychotherapy encourages – through studying affective transactions in the ongoing therapeutic relationship itself – the establishment, resumption, and/or expansion of reciprocal affect attunement processes that are essential to human sexual pleasure.

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WAS 2013

40 years of academic sex - straight from my heart, by Lars-Gösta Dahlöf

As a psychology and medicine student in the sixties and early seventies I realized that sexology was missing in the education and training curriculum for most health professionals. This concern encouraged me to ask my own department and the University of Gothenburg to modify the current curricula making sexology a compulsory subject in the academic training for physicians and psychologists in the first place. 

Homoaffective relationship in Brazil: past, present and future (Portuguese)

Therapy from the heart: Psychotherapy in the WPATH Standards of Care for transsexual, transgender and Gender non conforming people

The psychotherapy section of the WPATH Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender and Gender nonconforming People (SOC) is the most obvious component of the SOC that has to do with “heart”, the theme of this conference. Psychotherapy, to be good, requires empathy and imagination, connection and relatedness, and listening to story. 

Realities and Problems of Integration of Sexuality Education in Primary and Continuous Training

Commercial Sexual Abuse among Youth in Poland

The LET'S TALK ABOUT SEX foundation coordinated an educational project ahead of the Euro 2012 Football Championship in Poland. This preventative and educational program

History of 40 Years of Teaching in Sexology at SFSC

The Importance of a Sexological Consultation in a General Hospital Nowadays

The medical sexology can be a significant domain for clinical Psychiatry. It is crucial to stress the importance of evaluating sexual life in the clinical global assessment of psychiatric patients/clients: Diagnoses, treatment and quality of their sexual life’s. It is stressed the sexological approach done by the psychiatrists or psychologists in the medical or surgical team in Liaison Psychiatry inside the general hospital.