The story of intimacy and sexuality in committed modern couples is one that often tells of dwindling desire. In this session, we’ll contrast two fundamental, yet opposing human needs: safety and predictability vs. freedom and adventure and how these play out in the sexual impasses of couples.
In this workshop:
- We’ll probe the ambiguities of love and desire;
- Learn how emotional history shapes our erotic blueprints;
- Explore the differences between sexuality and eroticism;
- Map gender similarities and differences within the concept of multiple sexualities;
- Examine infidelity, transparency, and boundaries;
- Plumb the depth, complexity and healing qualities of erotic imagination;
- Discover innovative strategies to unlock blocks and cultivate emotional risks to open up sexual communication.
Esther Perel’s keynotes often focus on issues of psychology, specifically pertaining to relationships. Perel is a psychologist who is originally from Belgium, but speaks nine languages. She specializes in issues concerning relationship dynamics between couples, work-life balance, cultural relations, conflict resolution and emotional and erotic intelligence.
Perel is also a best-selling and award-winning author. Her most notable book is Mating in Captivity: Reconciling the Erotic and the Domestic. It has been so well received that it is now available in 24 languages. Perel’s client list is long and noteworthy to say the least, it includes: Janssen Pharmaceutica, AT&T, Johnson and Johnson, Anthony Robbins Productions, The Soros Foundation’s Open Society Institute, The Wexner Foundation, The Bronfman Foundation and New York University Medical Center.
In addition to her consulting and writing work, Perel manages to fulfill her psychotherapy practice obligations in New York City. When she’s not in New York, she’s travelling the world as a celebrated global speaker.
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