Chapter 14 - John Bieler Professor Love Psychology of Human...

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John Bieler Professor Love Psychology of Human Sexuality 9/19/07 Chapter 14 Challenges to Sexual Functioning Sexual dysfunctions are classified by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, the major diagnostic system used in the U.S. research and therapy. Common sexual problems include things such as insufficient foreplay, lack of enthusiasm for sex, and/or the inability to relax. These problems often occur infrequently and may or may not interfere with our overall sexual functioning. Psychological factors that can interfere with sexual functioning include unconscious fears, ongoing stress, anxiety, depression, guilt, anger fear of infidelity, partner conflict, fear of intimacy, dependency, abandonment, and/or loss of control, all of which may impair the ability to respond sexually. Anxiety plays an important role in developing and maintaining sexual dysfunctions. Both performance fears and an excessive need to please a partner interfere with sexual functioning. The prevalence of sexual dysfunctioning increases with age. This is mainly due to
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