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Dr. Marianne Brandon is a clinical psychologist and Diplomat in sex therapy. She writes the popular Psychology Today blog The Future of Intimacy. She is author of Monogamy: The Untold Story, Unlocking the Sexy in Surrender: Using the Neuroscience of Power to Recharge Your Sex Life, and co-author of Reclaiming Desire: 4 Keys to Finding Your Lost Libido. She co-hosted a talk radio show, is a past book review editor for the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, past board member of The International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, and regularly writes and lectures for professional and lay audiences. She has served twice as a panel member for FDA hearings evaluating medications relevant to female sexual function. Her areas of expertise include the conceptualizing human sexuality and sexual dysfunction from an evolutionary perspective. You can learn more about her work at www.drbrandon.net, join her on twitter @DrBrandon, and on facebook /DrMarianneBrandon. Dr Brandon is in private practice in Sarasota, Florida.
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We are a part of a massive social experiment. Sex, gender, and relationship dynamics are changing faster than at any time in recorded history, all within a backdrop of exploding artificial intelligence (AI). Younger generations are increasingly comfortable with technology interfacing all aspects of their lives. The potential risks inherent in human:human sex have been highlighted by COVID-19. Enter virtual reality porn and yes, sex robots. Experts predict that within 20-50 years, robots that move and interact in humanoid ways will be affordable for many. It is highly conceivable that an infant born today can have their first sexual experience with a robot. Mental health professionals will better serve their clients if they understand the increasingly powerful impact new developments in sex tech and AI have on sex and intimacy. The time is now for us to being this critical discussion.
“This was an excellent presentation that I think had information important to generalists that we don't often receive."-Krista B., Psychologist, MarylandWho we are as sexual beings carries profound personal and interpersonal meaning for each of us. Like it or not, our sexual self-image significantly impacts our broader sense of identity, as well as how we give and receive love in our most cherished relationships. Research consistently demonstrates that for most people, sexual satisfaction is a critical component of relationship and life satisfaction. For many people, love-making is the most intimate aspect of their lives. Yet without specific focus on sexuality, general therapy tends not to alleviate sexual concerns. As therapists, we have little training in these issues, making it difficult to assist our clients with their intimacy struggles. In this talk, we will address the changing face of heterosexual sex that we and our clients are all experiencing – and gain an understanding of the “new normal.”
This talk stands alone but is Part One of a two-part series on sex therapy for the general therapist. It is recommended that this lecture be completed first in that series, thus offering a context for the treatment approaches addressed in Part Two.
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