Influential therapist Esther Perel is the author of the bestsellers Mating in Captivity and The State of Affairs, and host of the popular podcasts “Where Should We Begin” and “How’s Work?” Her TED Talks have garnered more than 20 million views, and she’s been named one of Oprah Winfrey’s SuperSoul 100 visionaries.
Now Perel’s turning her laser-sharp focus to how these last years have laid bare the importance of being able to reevaluate our goals and loosen the rigidity we’ve been told will hold our work, families, communities, and our very lives together. Adaptability—knowing how to sway when the heavy winds of an unforeseeable change pick up—has become the order of the day.
How many of us grew up being told to stand straight, hold our heads high, and plow forward in this life with courage and determination? It’s the American way. Know your goal, set your intention, don’t deviate, and all will work out in the end. But what happens when the world itself wobbles? What becomes of our plans, and the carefully structured realities we often rely on to justify our existence? What becomes of us?
In this recording, Perel will take us on a journey of exploring how learning to absorb unexpected changes and unforeseen possibilities can be its own grounding force—one that’s better suited to the newly shaken world we and our clients now call home.
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Esther Perel is a Belgian psychotherapist of Polish-Jewish descent who has explored the tension between the need for security (love, belonging, and closeness) and the need for freedom (erotic desire, adventure, and distance) in human relationships.
Perel promoted the concept of “erotic intelligence” in her book Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence, which has been translated into 24 languages. After publishing the book, she became an international advisor on sex and relationships. She gave a TED talk in February 2013 called “The secret to desire in a long-term relationship,” and another in March 2015 called “Rethinking infidelity… a talk for anyone who has ever loved.”
Perel is the host of the podcast “Where Should We Begin?”, which is based inside her therapist’s office as she sees anonymous couples in search of insight into topics such as infidelity, sexlessness and grief.
Financial: Esther Perel maintains a private practice. She has employment relationships with Columbia University, Ackerman Institute for the Family, Norwegian Institute for the Expressive Arts Therapies, and 92nd Street Y. She receives royalties as a published author. Esther Perel receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Esther Perel is a member of the American Family Therapy Academy and the American Association for Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists.
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