WHAT MEN WANT. WHAT MEN FEEL. WHAT WOMEN NEED TO KNOW.
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 readers 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 readers 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 books you’ve read before. 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.
I am only up to page 32 and have already had a psychological breakthrough that I have not been able to obtain on my own and through years of therapy and reading self-help books. There is something about reading your personal experience in a book about the life of another "patient" (like you) that helps you see something that you can't do otherwise. And Dr. Engler writes in a way that is not boring nor difficult to understand.
I will be buying the hard copy version of this book for my therapist (and seeking Dr. Engler out for a session here in NYC).
5 well deserved stars for this book.
It was okay….
It’s a decent read, grateful for the insight and the stories I was just expecting more examples from actual clients. And I can totally see how her own relationships outside of work related to the story, it’s just for $11.99 I would have liked the book to be longer, more stores of the men and less of her personal story. But overall enlightening and kept me busy for a few hours.