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The lovemap guidebook : a definitive statement
Money, John, 1921-2006.
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New York : Continuum, [1999]

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284 pages ; 24 cm
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BF692 .M57 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This new book is based on John Money's concept of the "lovemap, " which is a mental template of each person's idealized erotic or sex life. It is written for sexologists, sex therapists, psychotherapists, criminologists, counselors, teachers, and anyone who wants or needs to learn about a fascinating field. The lovemap encodes either normal or pathological desires. From this latter point of view, Money covers so-called paraphilias (from the ancient Greek meaning "altered love"), formerly known as fetishes, in unprecedented detail. The reader will discover a range of sexual behavior, from normal eccentricities to the pathological. Money advocates investigative nonjudgmentalism in order to discover the cause and cure of pathological lovemaps.

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In this his 21st book, the award-winning researcher in human sexuality sums up his thinking about "lovemaps"--the templates or pictures that exist in an individual's mind of the ideal erotic mate (or object in the case of some paraphilias)--a concept he introduced more than 20 years ago. Although they usually lead the individual into normal love relationships, these templates can also be vandalized or deviant. In those cases, the individual seeks sexual satisfaction in ways that are usually labeled as aberrations. In this book Money (Johns Hopkins School of Medicine) focuses on these paraphilias and introduces some innovative ideas about their cause and treatment. He illustrates his points with excellent case histories. Written in a rather loose fashion (the author knows so much about the subject and makes so many connections that at times he seems almost to be free associating), the book will interest not only therapists, sex educators, and undergraduate and graduate students studying human sexuality but also members of the general public who are interested in understanding abnormal sexual behavior. Money provides a detailed glossary and a good bibliography. W. P. Anderson; University of Missouri--Columbia