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  1. 5 out of 5

    Misty Galbraith

    Interesting and informative for any woman! Mindfulness research is clearly stated in an academic platform focused on sexuality in women. I loved the detailed studies and the specific exercises in the book. I have been practicing meditation and mindfulness casually for some time, and these exercises gave me new ideas and goals to work on to expand my practice. The book also validated my own personal journey of enhanced sexual satisfaction as I have learned to listen more to my body and quiet my mi Interesting and informative for any woman! Mindfulness research is clearly stated in an academic platform focused on sexuality in women. I loved the detailed studies and the specific exercises in the book. I have been practicing meditation and mindfulness casually for some time, and these exercises gave me new ideas and goals to work on to expand my practice. The book also validated my own personal journey of enhanced sexual satisfaction as I have learned to listen more to my body and quiet my mind chatter during sex...with amazing results. I highly recommend this book to anyone (male or female) interested in sex therapy or how to find ultimate satisfaction and joy in life! Mindfulness is the key to unlocking true peace and removing fear and anxiety from our lives.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jenifer

    This was a little bit clinical. Took me a little bit to get through it, but it gave me a lot to think about; being mindful. "Watching the events of the mind." Learning to identify and label them and not take them so seriously. My thinking truly has changed in the last few days. I enjoy reading books about sex and intimacy. As this book teaches, Paying Attention is what you do when something is a priority. I think so many of us tend to put this topic on the back burner, choosing to do one thousan This was a little bit clinical. Took me a little bit to get through it, but it gave me a lot to think about; being mindful. "Watching the events of the mind." Learning to identify and label them and not take them so seriously. My thinking truly has changed in the last few days. I enjoy reading books about sex and intimacy. As this book teaches, Paying Attention is what you do when something is a priority. I think so many of us tend to put this topic on the back burner, choosing to do one thousand other things (with our minds and bodies) instead. I'm trying to Pay Attention.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Snyder

    Lori Brotto's research on mindfulness and sex is the most exciting thing that's happened to sex therapy in many years. Indeed, we're only now beginning to grasp its significance for clinical care and research. This book makes sense of some extremely complicated issues in women's sexual health, and guides the reader through a vast research literature with grace and skill. But the book's most valuable contribution, for both women and their health care providers, is surely its compendium of step-by Lori Brotto's research on mindfulness and sex is the most exciting thing that's happened to sex therapy in many years. Indeed, we're only now beginning to grasp its significance for clinical care and research. This book makes sense of some extremely complicated issues in women's sexual health, and guides the reader through a vast research literature with grace and skill. But the book's most valuable contribution, for both women and their health care providers, is surely its compendium of step-by-step guides to mindfulness practice for people with sexual concerns. Brotto pioneered the use of mindfulness practice in sex therapy, and now has more experience teaching it than anyone else. So this publication of her own "favorite recipes" is a landmark event. I anticipate most sex therapists will want a copy right away, if for no other reason than to learn these techniques from the master. NOTE: This review is based on an Advanced Reader Copy I received in November 2017

  4. 5 out of 5

    Giuliana Guarna

    3.5 Wish there was a healthcare professional oriented version and a lay person oriented version. Found the ideas within the novel to be great and could see them being very useful to my future patients. However, I found that at times the chapters were too clinical to be something that I would recommend as a read for patients. Would love to see an even more accessible version that really dumbs down the literature for your everyday reader, and then have a more beefed up version aimed at the clinicia 3.5 Wish there was a healthcare professional oriented version and a lay person oriented version. Found the ideas within the novel to be great and could see them being very useful to my future patients. However, I found that at times the chapters were too clinical to be something that I would recommend as a read for patients. Would love to see an even more accessible version that really dumbs down the literature for your everyday reader, and then have a more beefed up version aimed at the clinician

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Serra

    This is going to be one of my most recommended books for clients, alongside "Come As You Are" by Emily Nagoski. Dr. Brotto is not only doing some of the most inclusive research in the field of sexuality, but she's fiercely aware of the impact that culture and social issues have on us. We do not exist inside of a vacuum. Better Sex is full of compelling and hopeful research about the impact of mindfulness on sexual pleasure, sexual satisfaction, and, ultimately, our overall well-being. The book ha This is going to be one of my most recommended books for clients, alongside "Come As You Are" by Emily Nagoski. Dr. Brotto is not only doing some of the most inclusive research in the field of sexuality, but she's fiercely aware of the impact that culture and social issues have on us. We do not exist inside of a vacuum. Better Sex is full of compelling and hopeful research about the impact of mindfulness on sexual pleasure, sexual satisfaction, and, ultimately, our overall well-being. The book has a number of mindfulness exercises included within for people looking to incorporate more attention and mindfulness into their lives, especially around sexual pleasure. It is practical, informative, research-based approach to an area of our lives where so many of us feel broken, insufficient, stressed, or apathetic.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Clara

    I am so excited for this book to come out so I can start recommending it to people! Mindfullness, aimed at nurturing healthier connections between women and their sexual bodies, is a powerful tool for disrupting the harmful messages women are bombarded with from birth and breaking through the insecurities, lack of information, and self monitoring than can impede pleasure and autonomy. Brotto includes a wide range of experiences that non-judgmentally guide personal inquiry. The "female viagra" is I am so excited for this book to come out so I can start recommending it to people! Mindfullness, aimed at nurturing healthier connections between women and their sexual bodies, is a powerful tool for disrupting the harmful messages women are bombarded with from birth and breaking through the insecurities, lack of information, and self monitoring than can impede pleasure and autonomy. Brotto includes a wide range of experiences that non-judgmentally guide personal inquiry. The "female viagra" is still a dream for pharmaceutical companies, but Brotto's mindfulness program for cultivating desire is here to help women heal, experiment, and maximize their pleasure.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Butterfly92

    So, after all, it's all in your head? What a surprise! Nevertheless, I really enjoyed this book. It did put my mind at ease regarding some past situations, which still bothered me years later. It turns out, my, at that time, undiscovered depression was the problem. I have read other books on that topic before and could now confirm, that many advice which are also contained in this book do prove helpful.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    The exercises included in the book are excellent. I struggled with the organization of the book, it felt disjointed and unsure of it's own thesis. I recognize it was written for the client not the practicioner.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Julie Peters

    it's full of good info, but it's all just basic mindfulness applied to sexuality. I think it's probably really good for a beginner to mindfulness but if you know what mindfulness is (and have read Emily Nagoski's Come as You Are) nothing will really be a surprise here.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mskychick

    This is a book i want to purchase for continued reference. Book suggests trying the app Headspace. Check this out in App Store Also check out brottolab.com

  11. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Date

    A well researched piece of work centering on female desire, sexual difficulties and cultivating peace within. A diverse range of practical tools and introspective questions are laid out throughout which is exactly what any useful self help book should do. This book had a generous introduction to mindfulness that would lay a good foundation for a beginner but for me was slightly repetitive purely cause I have done a lot of work with it previously in reading and workshop settings. The most interes A well researched piece of work centering on female desire, sexual difficulties and cultivating peace within. A diverse range of practical tools and introspective questions are laid out throughout which is exactly what any useful self help book should do. This book had a generous introduction to mindfulness that would lay a good foundation for a beginner but for me was slightly repetitive purely cause I have done a lot of work with it previously in reading and workshop settings. The most interesting part of the book for me formula was shared that was illuminating and backed by research evidence. It explained a circle of desire that most women followed which was: incentives for sex, sexual triggers , arousal, responsive sexual desire emerges, sexual satisfaction, greater incentive for sex. In short, what I took away unrewarding sexual experiences could extisinguish future sexual desire. This is particularly important when larger societal believes that sex is an empassioned and energising shared experience , for people to understand that in fact many people do have negative experiences even in partnered , loving contexts. Mindfulness has a beautiful framework of acceptance and non judgment which, needles to say, in the arena of sex and intimacy this is something we should all be doing more of.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    Well, I guess this book has had an influence on me ... since I started reading it I've been working on including meditation in my daily routine and practicing mindfulness in all aspects of my life. I can totally see the wisdom in it. I'm learning to find joy in the simple things, focus on the present moment, and be more accepting of myself. The best part about this book, are the exercises at the end of each chapter. I especially liked the raisin meditation on page 81. I did it myself and then sh Well, I guess this book has had an influence on me ... since I started reading it I've been working on including meditation in my daily routine and practicing mindfulness in all aspects of my life. I can totally see the wisdom in it. I'm learning to find joy in the simple things, focus on the present moment, and be more accepting of myself. The best part about this book, are the exercises at the end of each chapter. I especially liked the raisin meditation on page 81. I did it myself and then shared it with my husband and daughter. My daughter thought it was weird but my husband liked it. Brotto included a lot of studies, which were somewhat interesting but not terribly helpful. It's like she kept trying to prove that mindfulness really does work and I kept thinking, "You've convinced me already so now just tell me how to go about it." To me it's just common sense ... obviously, you're not going to be able to enjoy sex (or anything else for that matter) if you're totally checked out mentally. You could probably read a book on mindfulness and just apply it to your sexuality but you might want to read this specific book if nothing else for the exercises.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    Really fascinating book about how the disconnect between mind and body can cause a wide range of sexual issues. Lots of research and case studies. I was shocked at how common issues are for women of all ages and was especially surprised that more women in their 20s and 30s report issues than women who are 40s and 50+. I’ve been working on mindfulness and have had excellent results. So glad I found this book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Davide

    Mindfulness is the art of paying attention to what is happening in the moment, both in mind and in body, without passing judgment or casting blame. This book could have had a different title and still being pleasant to read. Of course the main topic is female sexual disorders and in the book there are many stories related to that.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mark Manderson

    The brain is our most powerful sexual organ. How we think is at the heart of how we experience sex. When we’re inattentive or too busy engaging with negative thoughts, sex can be dissatisfying. But when we’re completely present, attuned to our senses and our partner, sex can be electrifying. Mindfulness meditation can help all of us enjoy and appreciate sex more.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Zahabia Rajkotwala

    Great way to introduce yourself to the workings of mindfulness For anyone looking to delve into the benefits of mindfulness in a relationship or even outside of it. Helps you understand the effects of mindfulness on your sexuality and how you can apply it to yourself (and your partner) in order to be fully present during sexual encounters and otherwise.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Catriona B

    Brilliant brilliant book. As a Sexologist, I loved this book and use Lori’s work all the time. Every woman should read this book

  18. 5 out of 5

    Marshall Wilcox

    While this book is written specifically for women, it provides some helpful insights for the men who have sex with them as well.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This book is probably most helpful for women who are open to the idea of mindfulness, but have never practiced it and may need some convincing that it can be helpful for them in relation to sex. I think there are a lot of helpful and important concepts in the book, but the presentation was weak and did not seem to me to be focused in the most helpful ways. If you are already familiar with mindfulness practice the useful content is a bit sparse. The organization of the book is confusing and it was This book is probably most helpful for women who are open to the idea of mindfulness, but have never practiced it and may need some convincing that it can be helpful for them in relation to sex. I think there are a lot of helpful and important concepts in the book, but the presentation was weak and did not seem to me to be focused in the most helpful ways. If you are already familiar with mindfulness practice the useful content is a bit sparse. The organization of the book is confusing and it wasn't always clear what the focus of one chapter was from the next. Much of the book is spent on research-based answers to how and why mindfulness might helpful improve one's sex life, rather than on the practical application. Mindfulness exercises are also given, but it would be far more useful if they were available as recorded guided exercises rather than just written. I found it frustrating to read about how the women in their studies were given recordings to guide their daily mindfulness practice (and at one point the importance of recordings is even mentioned) but no such resource is provided with the book. Finally, I felt the chapter on pain during sex was particularly weak and only addressed one possible type and cause of pain, leaving out many important points. Overall, a book with some important concepts, but limitations to its widespread appeal.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rosemin Nathoo

    It was a bit clinical for my taste, but that's what it's supposed to be. I think anyone could benefit from this book, especially those who haven't done much reading into mindfulness, one anyone who might be in a bit of a funk (with any emotion, really). It lays out the research and background into the effectiveness of mindfulness, and starts by debunking old myths about sexuality that most of society is caught up in. A useful source. edit: the work itself, with years of research, is absolutely es It was a bit clinical for my taste, but that's what it's supposed to be. I think anyone could benefit from this book, especially those who haven't done much reading into mindfulness, one anyone who might be in a bit of a funk (with any emotion, really). It lays out the research and background into the effectiveness of mindfulness, and starts by debunking old myths about sexuality that most of society is caught up in. A useful source. edit: the work itself, with years of research, is absolutely essential and cutting-edge.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Miguel

    Really great book on mindful and it's use in sex Therapy. I'm already on the meditation and mindfulness train so I'm not the target audience. She spends alot of time explaining why it works which is great but again, I'm not the intended audience. I think if you're skeptical about the practice then this book is definately for you. It's all about being comfortable with having your own thoughts and being okay in being uncomfortable too

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    Better Sex Through Mindfulness is absolutely where it’s at! Whether you’re having painful intercourse or your daily to do list is getting in the way of satisfying sex, or just want a better sex life, the guidance in this book can help. Mindfulness will not only benefit you, it will also benefit your partner. I’m talking the talk and walking the walk. It’s been a magnificent journey.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ellen B

    It became a bit too science-y for me through the middle, and I reallllllly wish it was narrated by the author, the women narrating it sounds like a voice assistant here and there so it's hard to captivate your attention. I'd recommend come as you are to anyone who's looking to explore sexual wellbeing, but this book does do a good job of highlighting sexual difficulties and how NORMAL they are.

  24. 4 out of 5

    etta

    i find ~women’s sexuality~ very endlessly interesting so this was a cool and informative read. i am now very convinced that mindfulness could solve pretty much any sexual (or non sexual) qualms. will i practise mindfulness for 45 min a day like the book recommends however? .........probably not

  25. 5 out of 5

    Robyn

    I wanted insight on trauma and addiction recovery and sexual desire. This is focused specifically on women who lack desire but without asking why. Just how to be more mindful to cultivate it. While some of the information was fine, it felt very bland.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Josean

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kate

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alex

  29. 4 out of 5

    melissa jane

  30. 4 out of 5

    Myriam

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