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Publisher's Summary

When you love someone, how does it feel? And when you desire someone, how is it different? In Mating in Captivity, Esther Perel looks at the story of sex in committed couples.
Modern romance promises it all - a lifetime of togetherness, intimacy and erotic desire. In reality, it's hard to want what you already have. Our quest for secure love conflicts with our pursuit of passion. And often, the very thing that got us to into our relationships - lust - is the one thing that goes missing from them.
Determined to reconcile the erotic and the domestic, Perel explains why democracy is a passion killer in the bedroom; argues for playfulness, distance and uncertainty; and shows what it takes to bring lust home.
Smart, sexy and explosively original, Mating in Captivity is the monogamist's essential bedtime listen.
©2006 Esther Perel (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers
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" Mating in Captivity...articulates a poignant and unacknowledged modern crisis for the first time." ( The Evening Standard)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Saqib on 12-10-17

A treasure for understanding relationships!

This book is a wonderful treasure to understand and live relationships in the modern world

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 12-18-17

Esther Perel is a trailblazer

Mating in captivity helped me reimagine many ideas about my relationship. It is both liberating and comforting to know that there are more ways to feel, think and express our love and desire. It’s eloquently written and perfectly presented.
Life changing!

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By J. ELARIO on 12-04-17

some great food for thought (and practice)

how refreshing to hear a narration by a human rather than the go-to male "broadcasting" voices of many authors. It took a bit to get used to it, but once you pass that hurdle the book becomes a lot more personal and you appreciate the author's mission more. She relates many situations she's had to overcome with her therapy clients and I think it's safe to say that there should be something in this book that every couple can relate to and learn from
higly recommended.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Phoebus Weebus on 05-30-18

Warning: this book might change your life.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book as it was thought provoking and full of knowledge gained Esther's years of experience, listening to and helping couples. I found this book very challenging and advise listening with your partner rather than trying to relay the information - you might have a lot you might want to talk about! A great book.

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By Duncan on 03-19-18

a mature perspective on love

simple: read (listen) to this book. the earlier in life, the better. you won't regret it

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5 out of 5 stars
By Karina on 03-13-18

smart and on point

so 2018 and on point. i love hearing the relative interviews. grounbreaking. very well written

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