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LinkedUp! The new dating app for business -- yes, you heard me right!
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Most therapists haven't begun to scratch the surface of what's available on Twitter these days. Some have tried it and quickly given up. Others have held back because of shyness or fear of the unknown. I should know, having over the years done all of the above. But I keep coming back to Twitter. Despite its problems it remains the best source for new information about human sexuality.
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How many of you saw the movie The Sessions, about a sex surrogate's treatment of a severely disabled man who had never had sex?Just about everyone I spoke with agreed the movie was very moving, but no one had much to say about it . . .  
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Referrals by other physicians of patients for sex therapy often involve some mention that the individual has some kind of “performance anxiety.”   The problem isn’t always anxiety.  In fact, any negative emotion can cause sexual trouble.  It can just as easily be guilt or shame or sadness.  But anxiety is right up there as one of the commonest.

Some people seem to have sexual anxiety because they’re extremely shy — what we psychiatrists call “social anxiety.”   At the core of social anxiety is a dread of being the center of attention.

Sounds odd, right?  Attention is something most of us enjoy.  But it can also make us nervous.
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In a recent article in PsychologyToday, we began to discuss a new book, An Intimate Life, by Cheryl Cohen Greene — the sex surrogate whose treatment of the profoundly disabled poet Mark O’Brien was the subject of last year’s film The Sessions.

Those of you who saw The Sessions may remember the scene where Cohen Greene and her disabled client discover that they are both transplants to Berkeley — that they’re both originally from New England and were both raised Catholic.

O’Brien has kept his Catholic faith.  “I need to believe in God,” he quips, “so I have someone to yell at.”   In the film, Cohen Greene says she’s given up on the Catholicism of her childhood because of its negative sexual messages.

In her book An Intimate Life, we learn much more about what these messages were.  
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Trust is a hard thing in any relationship.  But it’s harder to trust someone if you don’t really know or understand the world they come from.  The subtle signals that people in the same community give each other are often lost or misperceived by a stranger.

What would really be valuable is an online dating platform that taps into a community of people you know and trust. 

The new app LinkedUp! does just that . . .  
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In her new book An Intimate Life, sex surrogate Cheryl Cohen Greene (the one portrayed by Helen Hunt in The Sessions) describes her work with a man who has been unable to get an erection with his wife.   After much exploration, it is discovered that the source of his problem is a very simple one:

During oral sex, his wife hurts him with her teeth.  But he’s been too worried about hurting her feelings to tell her.

The title of the chapter, “Going Oral,” refers to the difficult matter of finding the words to tell your wife what the problem is.   Getting naked with a relative stranger turns out to be the easy part. Speaking frankly with one’s life companion is sometimes much harder.
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Actress Helen Hunt received an Academy Award nomination in 2013 for her performance as sex surrogate Cheryl Cohen Greene in the movie The Sessions.  The film wasn’t a perfect account of either sex therapy or sex surrogacy.  But it took on sex, love, disability, religion, and a host of other issues with courage and grace.

A few months after writing about The Sessions, I happened to hear from Cohen Greene herself, the sex therapist whose work had been the subject of the film.   She had recently written a memoir,  An Intimate Life, about her life and work.  We spent some time afterwards on the phone discussing many subjects of mutual interest.  

Here’s an excerpt—
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Paul Joannides, Psy.D.
reviewed 2 years ago
Over the years, I've found a small group of people in the field of human sexuality who I can always turn to for help and advice. Steve Snyder is one of those individuals. His knowledge of sexual medicine and psycho-pharmacology is unparalleled, and his clinical skills are exceptional. I have always found Steve to be kind, respectful, good-natured, hard working and resourceful. He personifies what an expert in sexual medicine should be. I don't hesitate for a moment to give him my highest recommendation both professionally and personally.
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Kathryn Hall
reviewed 2 years ago
Dr Snyder is one of the most creative thinkers in the field of clinical sexuality today. He has a well-deserved national reputation for the treatment of individuals and couples with sexual problems. He is an engaging writer and speaker, and a sensitive and thoughtful clinician. I recommend him highly. Kathryn Hall, PhD, Princeton, NJ Author, Reclaiming Your Sexual Self