All of Dr. Schnarch’s books are now available at New updated Release of German language version of Intimacy & Desire was accompanied by 5 city workshop tour by Dr. Schnarch . Ideas to Ponder by Dr. David Schnarch. A Review of “Intimacy & Desire: Awaken the Passion in Your Relationship”. David Schnarch. (). New York: Sterling Productions, pp. ‘How do you keep a sexual relationship alive, intimate and passionate? David Schnarch offers the best answers to this question in his book Intimacy & Desire by.

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Meaningful Endurance – being able to step up and face the issues that bedevil you and your relationship, and the ability to tolerate discomfort for the sake of growth. Mar 20, Patti rated it it was amazing.

Dec 11, Resmaa rated it it was amazing. Lists with This Book. Good theory supporting a positive psychology, behavioral therapy approach; but lacking in direct application on paper. For a sex book, it was a little on the boring side, and also a bit too clinical for me.

First, the author has trademarked some of his ideas, which I found a little distasteful and definitely distracting. One of the best books on marriage.

Intimacy & Desire: Awaken the Passion in Your Relationship

Sep 14, Todd Haines rated it really liked it. I appreciated the ways in which this book made clear and explicit connections between theory and practice. This book was written by a non-LDS sex therapist about long term relationships and contains open and sometimes explicit discussion on sexual behavior. One partner will complain that the other doesn’t desire him, the other complains that she’s married to a sex maniac.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Jan 30, Jessica Wilcox rated it liked it. Aug 08, Ryan added it. The author seems quite pleased with himself, but his research and methods seem solid. Yes, you think, that is us! Wonderful information if you can get past some of the crude or graphic portrayals. He immediately catches readers’ attention by agreeing that the common “just do it” approach to solving sexual problems is not only ineffective, but often results in one partner responding with a decisive ‘Don’t tell me what to do!


Passionate Marriage offers useful technique and concepts, but the ways in which they interconnect weren’t always as clear to me. Fucking can’t be reduced to particular behaviors or positions, just like intimacy isn’t reducible to communication exercises.

One of Schnarch’s best points is that the best in us can admit the worst in us and seeks to grow.

The concepts he discusses in this book even pertain to relationships outside of romantic ones. Sep 03, Leo Ostapiv rated it liked it. Jun 19, Crysta added it. This book completely transformed my relationship to long-term relationships, and will crucially inform my work with couples in therapy.

I can’t say it’s not worth reading, however I suppose there are better books on the topic. It also felt like the use of scenarios and case examples was a little too heavy – I want to hear what the expert has to say, not how other couples fight!

Oct 13, Liz rated it really liked it.

I was blown away, will be coming back and re-reading again down the road. It ended up being quite interesting, as this guy approaches love, lust and lack thereof in very evolutionary terms, and talks a lot about neurology, “mind-mapping,” and how habits, behaviors and beliefs get formed early on, and hard-wired in our brains. Want to Read saving….

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The thing I appr I didn’t expect to like this book but it was recommended by the couple’s therapist I’ve been seeing so I gave it a chance. I don’t agree with some of his premises — he invokes a lot of darwinism as cause for things — and while he doesn’t come off as much of a religious man, his concepts resonate regardle This would be a 5 star book for me if it weren’t for the amount of cursing in it, which I don’t care for.


When the best in you stands up and faces the realities of your life, it produces intimacy, passion, and commitment. For instance, the problem may be that you and your partner are in emotional gridlock. Well, the book says, get your Four Points in balance. He discusses in great detail how to maintain emotional balance by using these four points. And that may very well be the case for all of this doctor’s patients, whom he has encountered.

Intimacy & Desire: Awaken the Passion in Your Relationship by David Schnarch

I do see this as a tremendously useful book for non-clinical readers, and a reasonable starting point for clinicians interested in Crucible work. Schnarch’s great message is that most of us can overcome our relationship problems by first focusing on differentiating ourselves, using the Four Points of Balance: Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Doug and I often say counseling provides one arena for confession and schnagch because we face ourselves and see ourselves honestly.

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Schnarch explains why couples in long term relationships have sexual desire problems, itnimacy of how much they love each other or how well they communicate.

Solid Flexible Self – the ability to be clear about who you are and what you’re about, especially when your partner dsire you to adapt and conform. Grounded Responding – the ability to stay calm and not overreact, rather than creating distance or running away when your partner gets anxious or upset.