Book Review: The Erotic Mind

Posted On: March 21, 2010

The Erotic Mind: Unlock the Inner Sources of Sexual Passion and Fulfillment by Jack Morin

In this intriguing, insightful mix of analysis, anecdote and advice, San Francisco psychotherapist Morin developed an ‘erotic equation’ by drawing on the discussions of 351 respondents, straight and gay. This equation is: Attraction plus obstacles leads to excitement.

He also suggests that sexual obstacles in one’s youth create lifelong scripts for arousal, while a range of feelings including exuberance, anxiety and anger can intensify arousal. Hence his non-judgmental analysis of the fantasies of the people reviewed for this book answers the basic question of: Why does what turn us on, turn us on?

Understanding our peak sexual experiences and fantasies offers the greatest opportunity for self-discovery and possibility of revitalizing sexual experiences. Morin advises readers to confront the unresolved feelings that produce ‘troublesome turn-ons’ and offers a seven-step guide to modifying or expanding one’s erotic patterns. Morin observed that passion is hardly guaranteed in long-term relationships; but instead advises couples to recognize and address the interactive tension between intimacy and sexual desire.

This book is well organized, easy to follow and contains a wealth of fascinating information brought to life through the numerous personalized case studies.

• For anybody who is sexual!
• Invaluable book to understanding your sexual desires
• Contains self-administered Sexual Excitement Survey
• Includes numerous accounts of respondents

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc, 1997

Who is Martha?

Dr. Martha Tara Lee is Founder and Clinical Sexologist of Eros Coaching. She is a certified sexologist with a Doctorate in Human Sexuality. She provides sexuality and intimacy coaching for individuals and couples, conducts sexual education workshops and speaks at public events. She is also the author of the book Love, Sex and Everything In-Between, and the host of the weekly radio show Eros Evolution on OMTimes Radio. For more, visit or email

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