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My method
The context for Amourology

- Historical facts

- The therapeutic methods we use

- Conclusion

Historical facts

Sexology was born at the end of the 19th century with the publication of Psychopathia sexualis by Richard von Krafft-Ebing in Suttgart in 1886. Havelock Ellis’ work, Studies in the psychology of sex (1898, Philadelphia, USA) and Sigmund Freud’s Three essays on sexuality (Vienna, Austria, 1905) were published around the same time, but showed very different conceptions of sexuality. This accounts for the hesitations of new-born sexology. In 1919, Magnus Hirschfeld created his famous Institute in Berlin. It was one of the first buildings to be plundered and burnt down by the Nazis in 1933. In the eyes of the Nazis, Magnus Hirschfeld had two reasons to be persecuted : he was Jewish and homosexual. Let us remember that these persecutions have not stopped : some homosexuals were persecuted in Cairo in 2001, because they had been found in a gay club. Some of them were sentenced to two, others to five years of forced labour.
Pioneers in sexology have always had to confront conservative, racist and fascist attitudes. In 1926, in the context of the liberal and democratic Netherlands, Theodore Van de Velde described The perfect marriage, which replaces conjugal duty with happiness. The book was published in the whole world until 1965 ; there are around 50 editions.
In 1966 William Masters and Virginia Johnson Published Human sexual response. This book reports their revolutionary experiences, which founded modern scientific sexology. They were indeed the first to dare observe the sexual function, in the same way that Claude Bernard had observed the heart function, the breathing function and the digestive function. In their laboratory, transformed into a fortress, 694 men and women masturbated or made love in front of cameras. They were heterosexual or homosexual. The subjects were fitted with electrodes and all sorts of sensors in order to record their hear beat, the rhythm of their breathing and their blood pressure. The erection of the penis, of the clitoris, of the tit, the colour of the skin were, amongst other things, also measured. Masters and Johnson then proceeded to the clinical phase of their work, with their book, Human sexual inadequacy, published in 1970. The publisher of the French version, Robert Laffont, asked me to supervise the translation in 1972.
I discovered that I had a calling to help individuals and couples who experienced sexual problems. So, right from the moment it was created, I agreed to answer the reader’s mail of Union ; a monthly magazine on sexuality, and I also had a daily radio broadcast with Ménie Grégoire on RTL. At the same time, I was training with Masters and Johnson in Saint-Louis, Missouri, at the National Sex Forum of San Francisco, California and at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. In Paris, I started a Jungian analysis and set up a Freudian supervision.
In 20 years, my method evolved along with my own questioning, my training and the analysis I made of the results of my practice. This is how experimental and behaviourist sexology rapidly turned into Humanist Sexology, then into Humanist Analytical Sexology, and finally became Amourology, with the publication of L’Amourologue, in 1992. So that a therapy of the love relationship replaced the therapy of the sexual function : the symptom was set in the global context of the subject’s relational problems.

Finally, I discover the 'E.M.D.R. (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) with david Servan-Schreiber (2000)

The therapeutic methods we use

Amourology is :
- Sexologic
- Behaviourist (Masters and Johnson method)
- Analytical, based on Jungian as well as Freudian concepts.
- Humanist (using concepts and practices that belong to humanist psychology : gestalt, bioenergy...)


Amourology is one of the methods in psychotherapy that was born on the American continent after the Second World War. At first, these methods seemed to question the principles of psychoanalysis, but in fact they used some of its tools. The therapist who practised these new methods had themselves undergone an analysis : their practice was then transformed, through their personal work and through training. Just as doctors who practised in Africa noticed that they had better results if they mixed traditional methods with European medicine, some psychotherapists noticed that they had better results if they mixed a psychoanalytic approach with mind-body therapy and behaviourist methods.

But the most important progress was the introduction of the EMDR in the process.
The fact of being able to cure definitively the aftereffects of the diverse traumatism, the big and the youngs, completely changed the therapeutic results.
Let us say that it represents a real therapeutic revolution because in fact the EMDR makes more than cure the traumatism, what is importing, it opens the heart. The EMDR reconciles, develops the friendship and the love. It has the potential to reconcile the couples and the peoples.
The conjugal difficulties are the major problem of our socièté, the political and ethnic fights involve (put at stake) the peace in the world.
The EMDR, if it develops, can bring the hope of a solution to these difficulties.

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