Sensate Focus

In 1970, the book Human Sexual Inadequacy by William H. Masters and Virginia E. Johnson revolutionized the science of sexual functioning and the world of sex therapy. One of their primary treatment techniques for couples with sexual dysfunction was dubbed sensate focus (the technique is also diagnostic in revealing the specific distracting thoughts and anxieties contributing to the sexual dysfunction of a particular couple). This technique has stood the test of time, remaining a mainstay of treatment for dysfunctions in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), ranging from erectile disorder to female orgasmic disorder, and for sexual problems associated with myriad related problems such as body image dissatisfaction, chronic illness, and physical disabilities. The technique is used widely, by ...

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