The Dating and Relationship Group:  What is Sexual Anorexia? 
In recent years, considerable attention has been paid to problems of sexually compulsivity, sexual addiction, and internet pornography addiction.  A sexual problem related to these conditions that has been largely under-emphasized both in popular culture and the scientific literature is "sexual anorexia." Originally conceptualized several decades ago, sexual anorexia is an important condition to understand in today's environment given that it lies at the intersection of sex and love addiction, two well-documented and highly prevalent problems today.  In this next meeting of the Dating and Relationship Group on Saturday, November 21, 2015 (12:00 to 1:15 PM), I will describe the signs and features of sexual anorexia and the psychological pathways that give rise to its emergence.   The consequence of this condition on romantic relationships will be considered, including its role in intimacy avoidance.  Similar conditions also will be discussed with an emphasis on how they serve to negotiate vulnerability, dependence, and closeness in human bonds.   

The Men's Group: 
The 75-Year Harvard Grant Study
This research project, which began in 1938, tracked 268 Harvard undergraduate men for 75 years.  A wide array of factors was assessed across these men's lifespans, including financial, social, psychological, emotional, and medical variables. Recently, one of the study's directors, George Valliant, published "Triumphs of Experience," an account of some of the major findings of this study.  In this next meeting of the Men's Group on Saturday, November 21, 2015 (10:45 AM to 12:00 PM noon), I will describe these findings and elaborate on their implications.  Group discussion will focus on attendees' reactions to the findings and the extent to which alterations to one's current lifestyle may be suggested given Valliant's conclusions.    

To register for the November 21st meetings of the Men's Group and the Dating and Relationship Group:   If you would like to attend the Men's Group (10:45 AM to 12:00 PM noon) and/or the Dating and Relationship Group (12:00 to 1:15 PM) on Saturday, November 21, please RSVP ASAP to Dr. Tobin at 949-338-4388 or There is a limit of 14 attendees for each group and registrants will be accommodated on a first-come/first-serve basis.  The fee is $25.00 and the location is The Water Garden Business Center, 23421 South Pointe Drive, Suite 130, Laguna Hills, CA, 92653.  Please note that these groups are educational in purpose, not therapeutic.  
James Tobin, Ph.D., PSY 22074 | 949-338-4388 | 
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