Clinical holistic medicine: problems in sex and living together.

Søren Ventegodt, Mohammed Morad, Isack Kandel, Joav Merrick

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When the problems of sex and living together are understood as symptoms of underlying old existential wounds in need of healing, and when the physician accepts the role as coach supporting the patient to confront these emotional pains, then the patient can heal existentially in order to obtain the wanted closeness and intimacy. The change of perspective from: "He or she is not all right in..." to "I see that this is really about me, and what I have to learn is..." is where the patient assumes responsibility and this is often efficient in helping the patient with problems in his/her sex- and love life. Intimacy is the most difficult art, where sexuality cannot exist without trust, vulnerability, and surrender. This is often only possible after the patient has found his or her true self, including the purpose of life. The physician who will give "holding" (care) and processing to the patient with the intention of healing the "wounded child inside" who cannot love and open up, can often help the patient to improve self-insight and change the whole quality and atmosphere of the relationship. The healing will end a series of symptoms of poor thriving, physically, emotionally, and mentally, and make life worth living. Sometimes a few successful holistic sessions are enough to change the whole picture and solve an emotional "knot" that has the potential to destroy the relationship.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)562-570
Number of pages9
JournalThe Scientific World Journal
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (all)
  • Environmental Science (all)


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