The Opening Door- Show 57: Daniel Bergner

October 26th, 2013

What does a woman want?  Beyond stereotypes and conventional wisdom, Daniel Bergner shares his extensive research forcing us to reconsider our long held notions about female sexuality. Exploring questions about the impact of intimacy and the delving into the desire to be desired, this provocative conversation about what drives women’s sexual desire will surprise you, challenging long held beliefs and creating a dynamic questioning to your own desire.

dbergDaniel Bergner is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and the author of four books of nonfiction: What Do Women Want?The Other Side of Desire, In the Land of Magic Soldiers, and God of the Rodeo.  In the Land of Magic Soldiers received an Overseas Press Club Award for international reporting and a Lettre-Ulysses Award for the Art of Reportage and was named a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. God of the Rodeo was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. In addition to appearing in the New York Times Magazine, Mr. Bergner’s writing has appeared in GrantaHarper’sMother Jones,Talk, and the New York Times Book Review, and on the op-ed page of the New York Times. His writing is included in The Norton Reader: An Anthology of Nonfiction.



The Opening Door- Show 56: Karla McLaren, The Art of Empathy

October 19th, 2013

Relationship success is dependent on our capacity for empathy which is not only how we literally learn to feel our loved one’s experience but even more deeply know ourselves.  Even though  our empathetic response is hardwired into us, and arguably one of our most basic survival mechanisms, for many of us,  our empathetic abilities remain undeveloped.  Don’t miss Karla McLaren’s life changing insights and easy to learn exercises in how you can become a happier and more feeling person.   Her work in the Art of Empathy is not to be missed.

mclarenKarla McLaren, author of Language of Emotions (June 2010) and the forthcoming book, The Art of Empathy: A Complete Guide to Life’s Most Essential Skill (on sale October 2013). Empathy is the new compassion!  Informed by current insights from neuroscience, social psychology, and healing traditions, Karla  teaches readers how to identify and regulate emotions and boundaries; how to provide support in a sensitive, perceptive, and healthy way; insights for navigating our evolving social landscape; and ways to expand our empathy to our community and global levels of society and the natural world.


The Opening Door- Show 55: Stanley Siegel, Your Brain On Sex

October 12th, 2013

Connecting the dots between how our subconscious mind works to heal our most deeply held conflicts and pain through erotic pleasure is a journey to embodying our sexual selves. Stanley Siegel, author of Your Brain On Sex, offers his provocative and unique wisdom that will awaken you to the power of your erotic fantasies and free you to experience the healing power they contain.  Don’t miss this enlightening conversation with one of our favorite sexperts.

Stanley-Siegel-OGStanley Siegel is a psychotherapist, author, lecturer, and former Director of Education and Senior Faculty member of New York’s renowned Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy. With nearly 40 years of experience in the field of psychology Siegel has developed an unconventional and tradition-challenging approach to psychotherapy that has led to his most recent book Your Brain on Sex: How Smarter Sex Can Change Your Life. Siegel taught for many years at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Adelphi University, and the University of California, Berkeley; was the founding director of the Family Studies Center in Huntington, New York, and have served as a consultant to hospitals and mental health centers throughout the country.




The Opening Door- Show 54: Charlotte and Chris Rose, The Pleasure Mechanics

October 4th, 2013

Our skin is the largest organ of our body and touch is the first language we learn from birth.  Yet many people freeze when it comes to using our hands for our most intimate moments.  Learning how to touch is the key to experiencing more sexual pleasure. Chris and Charlotte, dubbed the pleasure mechanics bring years of massage and sex education history to the joyful task of creating international best selling videos guides which offer stroke-by-stroke inspiration that make it easy to learn how to touch every inch of your lover’s body with more skill and confidence.

pleasure-mechanics-24Chris and Charlotte, The Pleasure Mechanics, They are both trained massage therapists and sex educators and certified Sexological Bodyworkers through the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco. They have been full time sex educators for over 10 years. After teaching sold-out workshops across the country, they have now turned their full attention to teaching sex online, so they can reach men, women and couples all around the world. Their video guides are best sellers on Amazon and have reached over 60 countries.

The Opening Door- Show 53: Wendy Plump, Vow

September 27th, 2013

There is no good side of the fence when it comes to infidelity- whether you are the betrayed or the betrayer argues author Wendy Plump.   She shares her intimate history of a broken marriage and the affairs on both sides that brought about its collapse with deep insight and compassion.  How ever this hot prevalent issue of affairs has touched your life, you don’t want to miss this provocative conversation about what Vows mean and what they have to teach us.

rbk-redbook-reads-wendy-plump-mdnWendy Plump is the author of Vow: A Memoir of Marriage (And Other Affairs), published in February 2013. After the discovery of her husband’s affair and second family, and several affairs of her own earlier in the marriage, Wendy wrote Vow as a way to wrap a thoughtful narrative around the issues of infidelity, love and the challenges of long-term marriage. She has been a reporter and magazine writer for 25 years. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer and New Jersey Monthly. She reports regularly for The Times of Trenton, and lives in New Hope, Pennsylvania.