Sex on the Brain: 12 Lessons to Enhance Your Love Life

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“The vast majority of love and sex occurs in the brain. Your brain decides who is attractive to you, how to get a date, how well you do on the date, what to do with the feelings that develop, how long those feelings last, when to commit, and how well you do as a partner and a parent. Your brain helps you be enthusiastic in the bedroom or drains you of desire and passion. Your brain helps you process and learn from a breakup or makes you vulnerable to depression or obsession.”

While plastic surgeons, diet gurus, and the pharmaceutical industry may have convinced you that they hold the secret to a fulfilling sex life, the truth is that you already have the only thing you really need: a brain. As the largest and most sensitive sexual organ in the body, a healthy human brain enhances your sex life and heightens sensation. A troubled brain, however, makes emotional and physical connection with others difficult. So forget the implants, the fad diets, and the pills. Learning about this intriguing and sexy organ is the key to your sexual satisfaction.

Based on Dr. Daniel Amen’s latest research in practical neuroscience, Sex on the Brain shares 12 lessons that help you enhance your love and sex lives through understanding and improving brain function. Filled with practical suggestions and information on how sex can save your life, Sex on the Brain reveals:

• How sex helps prevent heart disease, improve memory, stave off cancer, and boost your immune system
• How the differences between men’s and women’s brains affect our perceptions and interest in sex—and how you can understand these differences to make the most of the opportunities with your partner
• Why breakups hurt so much, and what you can do to ease the pain
• Surefire techniques to fix common problems—depression, PMS, ADD—that get in the way of good sex
• How to make yourself unforgettable to your partner

Everyone wants to know how to improve his or her love life, but so few of us understand the integral role that the brain plays in getting us in the mood, keeping us excited about our partner, and helping us achieve greater satisfaction. Sex on the Brain explains everything, showing you how use your brain to create a healthy, happy, and hot sex life.

From the Hardcover edition.

Customer Reviews:

  • recommended by Tufts University's health newsletter
    This book covers peoples' brain functions when people are aroused or loving. Use this understanding to improve your relationship....more info
  • Disappointing. Waste of time.
    The author wrote a book on sexuality, while considerably lacking knowledge about women and female sexuality....more info
  • Mark Kosins MD
    AS a mental health professional I am so glad that Dr. Amen approached this topic from the practical point of view. In addition, his use of supplements is unique and something i have found useful in my day to day practice. The book reads well and easy. What he has done is brought together new information and blended it well with information that has been available in a practical format. Any couple or individual will be able to learn more about the opposite sex and increase thier pleasure as well as enjoyment of being together....more info
  • What Fun!
    I am a big fan of Dr. Amen's and have enjoyed his books, CDs and lectures over the years. This book is definately the most fun! Now I finally understand my love of shoes and can help my partner appreciate this as a good thing! The tips for bonding with your partner are invaluable as well. As a nutritionist and exercise physiologist I also appreciated the discussion on the importance of a healthy sex life on your overall health, wellbeing and longevity! Thanks Dr. Amen for another fantastic book that can have a major impact on reader's love lives and health!
    JJ Virgin, CNS, CHFI
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  • Reading for brain health
    A well written book that explains so many of the details of what is going on in our brains. It also has loads of information that explains the changes in the elderly....more info
  • How to understand the true relationship between the brain and sexual intimacy
    Dr. Amen has written an excellent, easy to understand book relating the brain to emotional and sexual intimacy. This thorough and exciting book shows not only the professional but the layman as well how the brain interacts with our emotions leading to an active and fulfilling sexual relationship. It clearly shows how the brain is our most important sex organ and when used properly, can lead to a long lasting love. This book is a "must read" in further fulfilling our lives.

    Professor David Bennett, California State University San Marcos, California...more info
  • Not too sexy here
    Pat Califa wrote, "Our culture insists on sexual uniformity and does not acknowledge any neutral difference only crimes, sins, disease and mistakes."

    Such we see represented in Dr. Amen's book. Dr. Amen makes reference to what he considers normal sexually in his book. Like so many clinicians and diastognicians his normality is of a vanilla world. Anything outside of that is referred to as an imbalance in the brain or a disorder. My own research has been focused on debunking the myths about sexuality that are perpetuated in this book. The chapter on addictions and fetishes lacks any creative thinking whatsoever. Unfortunately I returned the book to the bookstore due to the limited thinking represented here.

    Ilona Paris, LMHC

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  • Sophisticated and Funny
    Great Book! Dr. Amen does a beautiful job of educating on the differences between male and female brains, the difference between love and lust, and what creates long term emotional connections in the brain. He succeeds in making neuroscience fun!!!...more info
  • Amazing information
    I loved this book, explains so many differences between men and women. Great book, you have to get it....more info
  • Straitforward
    I had heard Dr. Amen PBS on Changing your Brain, Change Your Life and found it outstanding. The book was very good and straightforward. It give specific insight in to how different men and womens brains are and why our perceptions are often different when it comes to sex.

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  • Dr. Amen's work is right on!
    Dr. Amen includes extensive research on brain function which goes beyond the pat medical answers most doctors give. Worth the read....more info


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