What’s So New About the New Non-Monogamy?

What’s So New About the New Non-Monogamy?

Photo credit:  Pedrosimoes7 via Creative Commons   “Monogamy Lite” For those of you who missed “Open Marriage,” the ethical non-monogamy movement of the 70’s: Ethical non-monogamy is back.  Not that it ever actually disappeared.  But it seems to be...
Eros, Thanatos, and Sunday Afternoon

Eros, Thanatos, and Sunday Afternoon

Part 3 of a series based on Vanessa Woods’ Bonobo Handshake   Across the River and Into the Trees One day last summer my son came home from a birthday party covered with bruises, bleeding, and looking very proud of himself.  Happily examining his wounds in...
Empathy’s Magic

Empathy’s Magic

Part 2 of a series prompted by Vanessa Wood’s Bonobo Handshake. Part 3 will follow shortly, after which we’ll return to our main subject. Photo credit:  pedrosimoes7 via Creative Commons   Empathy and Its Impediments When my daughter was seven, our...
Sex in the Wild

Sex in the Wild

A New Twist on the Apple At a recent informal meeting of New York City sex therapists to discuss his new book Sex at Dawn, psychologist Chris Ryan played us a videotape showing a bonobo orgy. The tape was several minutes long.  It showed a small crew of cute little...
The Year in Clinical Sexuality, 2010

The Year in Clinical Sexuality, 2010

As we get ready to close the books on 2010, I would like to express my gratitude to  family,  friends, and colleagues for your support and encouragement over the past year.   And to all my patients for your trust and confidence.   May we all merit much happiness in...