SelfWork 160: The Sexless Marriage. Is There A Way Back?
Welcome to 2020 and more SelfWork!
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Today we’re talking about the lack of sexual intimacy that so many couples are experiencing; in fact, research shows that 15 to 20% of committed relationships or marriages have become rarely if ever sexual. We’ll touch on ten of the most common reasons I’ve seen; some are probably familiar, some may be painful to hear, but some may surprise you. And, of course, what you can do about it.
The listener email today is from a man who’s befriended someone with chronic abuse in her past (with a diagnosis of C-PTSD) and asked me for advice on how he can help.
In the US, the sexual abuse hotline number for the US
Dr. Pat Love’s Hot Monogamy
Research study on pornography addiction
HuffPost article on the sexless marriage
Something not discussed in this podcast but brought to my attention the following week: The role of being asexual. For more info: click here.
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