When Dr. Brandy Engler opened her sex therapy practice for women in Manhattan, she got a big surprise. Most of the calls were from men. They wanted to talk about womanizing, porn addiction, impotence, prostitutes - and most of all, love.
Her patients were everyday guys from all walks of life. Among them were David, the Wall Street hotshot and compulsive womanizer; Charles, an introvert who kept pushing away the fiancée he thought was too beautiful for him; Paul, the self-made man who visited massage parlors despite his sexy wife; and the men's group whose stark revelations about male anger and their search for the right woman will open your eyes. In The Men on My Couch, Dr. Engler allows listeners inside those private sessions to witness her exciting and evocative encounters with what men desire and fear.
Dr. Engler tells her own story, too. At first her patients' revelations are painful and disconcerting, especially against the backdrop of her own difficult love affair. Yet Dr. Engler lets listeners experience how she evolves both professionally and personally, from chagrin to compassion, and reconciles her idealized notions of love and sex with the unexpected and raw truths she hears in the office.
The Men on My Couch is unlike other relationship books. There are no tired facile conclusions or pejorative generalizations. Here are fresh insights into modern sexual maladies, gleaned from real people having real struggles and experiencing real epiphanies - in the real world.
This book will change how both women and men think about love, sex, and desire.
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Not what you'd expect
While the author does go into the sexual behaviors and practices of her patients, it isn't excessively voyeuristic. Fundamentally, the book is about how a person's experiences as a child, teenager, and young adult can affect someone to such a degree that they can lead subconsciously to undesirable behavior. The author also provides a fairly rational hypothesis as to why those subconscious "wounds" are frequently manifested sexually in men.
This is not one of those "all men are dogs" books, and I felt sympathy for some of the patients -- but not all of them. The book gave me a look at men's sexuality from a different angle.
- Jennifer "A Bibliophile"
Condescending, Stupid, Uninformative, annoying
A Better narrator,
NO I am sure there are some good books on the subject out there
She tries to pull off this sexy voice that comes off condescending. New York Snob meets porn star.
I was really looking forward to this book. Unfortunately the narrator was trying to sound sexy and it came off as annoying. I got through the first case study but it was filled with what I call filler and then the book goes off into her personal life. The book and author also had that upper Manhattan condescending tone like she was talking to all of us little people. I think the book might have some interesting case studies but I could not get through it.