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The New Frontier of Sex & Intimacy: Dr Sue Johnson (Transcript)

Here is the full transcript of clinical psychologist Dr Sue Johnson’s talk titled “The New Frontier of Sex & Intimacy” at TEDxUOttawa conference.

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Announcer: Okay, and now we are very fortunate to have Dr. Sue Johnson, the best-selling author of “Hold Me Tight” and “Love Sense.” She’s a clinical psychologist and distinguished research professor at Alliant International University in San Diego, California, creator of an effective new model of relationship repair known as Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, or Couple Therapy. She has written numerous articles and trained thousands of therapists around the world.

Dr. Johnson is a recognized innovator who has changed the field of couples therapy. She divides her time between New York, San Diego, and Ottawa, and she’s going to talk to us about sexuality and attachment, and how science brings them together now. Please welcome Dr. Sue Johnson.

Sexuality and Attachment

DR SUE JOHNSON: Hi, everybody. Oh, big topic. So, as a species, we seem to be completely obsessed with sex, intimacy, and love. More specifically, we seem to be obsessed with how to put those things together in a way that makes sense. I usually give talks about bonding science, the new science of bonding and love, and how we have cracked the code of love. But what about sex?

And where does sex fit in with our understanding of love? That’s a pretty huge question, but we do sort of understand what sex is, don’t we? I mean, sex is a megawatt animal instinct. It’s a search for orgasm. It’s what my good old English barmaid mother used to call “a funny five minutes,” which is all about sensation.

It’s kind of a big selfie experience that’s in your skin. “Well, wait a minute. No, it’s not. We call it making love.” Sex is the ultimate moment of communion. It’s an ultimate wealthy experience. It’s all about relationships. So, this gets a bit confusing.

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