The Immediate 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

10.4324/9780203727317.ch7

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Abstract

The immediate causes of sexual dysfunctions operate in the “here and now” to ruin the sexual response at the moment in which the individual is engaging in sexual behavior. The sexual response consists of a complex series of autonomically mediated visceral reflexes which can only work successfully if the person is in a calm state and if the process is “left alone,” i.e., not impaired by conscious monitoring processes. In other words, to function well sexually, the individual must be able to abandon himself to the erotic experience. He must be able to temporarily give up control and some degree of contact with his environment.

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