Learned Causes Of Sexual Dysfunctions

Authored by: Helen Singer Kaplan

The New Sex Therapy

Print publication date:  December  1974
Online publication date:  October  2013

Print ISBN: 9780876300831
eBook ISBN: 9780203727317
Adobe ISBN: 9781135821364


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According to the learning theory model, sexual responses are natural “unconditioned” reactions, and dysfunctional symptoms are learned inhibitions. These are acquired on the basis of two mechanisms—conditioning and reinforcement. These learning processes can take place entirely outside of the person’s awareness, and once the conditioned response is established it is often beyond the individual’s conscious control.

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