What is Erotic Intelligence? | Esther Perel

What is Erotic Intelligence? | Esther Perel

Esther: There are a few questions that I’ve
been asked repeatedly. Who are you? What do you do? How did you come to this? What does your day look like? So I thought I would just give you a little
hint, but there’s a reason also why I actually don’t talk that much about me or my life,
or my marriage, or my family life, etc. I wait, because I think that much of what
I wanna do is put questions to you and not even answer them immediately but let you sit
with them a little bit, let you think of them in a different frame. Have you come into a session with one story
of your life and maybe leave the session with another story of your life. And if I answer, I collapse, and if I talk
about what I do, then I become a model which I don’t want to be. Because as I said in the first day, there
is no such a thing as the person who has figured it all out, it’s a moment in time when I think
of getting there. And then after that, I fumble as well. So, I’m married for 34 years, I have 2 sons,
they are 20 and 23. And probably one of the best ways I can describe
my relationship is like this. Today in the west most of us are gonna have
two or three marriages or committed relationships, and some of us are gonna do it with the same
person. So I don’t know he thinks we’ve had four marriages,
I think we’ve had three marriages to each other, but that’s the idea. If I was to tell you, maybe of an influence
of what really motivates me, what do I do? I am a psychologist, I see patients, I have
a predilection for working with couples across cultures. My place in this world is to create open,
meaningful, bold, challenging conversations about this subject that affects us all called
relationships. I think more than ever at this point people
are hungry for truth. And so I try to contribute to creating relationships
and conversations about relationships that are true. And truth is not always easy, it’s sometimes
painful, it’s sometimes beyond our comfort zone. And so I want to tell you about a few of the
things I do for that. But maybe one of the places where I have mined
a lot of the truth and where I have mined the distinction that we talked about on day
one where I said, “When I meet with couples, I see some couples who are not dead and some
couples who are alive.” And my goal is to help people create thriving
relationships, not just to be in one. I come from a family of two parents were concentration
camp survivors. My two parents are the sole survivors of their
entire family. And I grew up in a community in Antwerp, Belgium
that was exclusively Holocaust survivors. And in this community, I always saw two groups
of people, those who did not die, and those who came back to life. And those who did not die lived rather tethered
to the ground, the world was a dangerous place, you could not trust and certainly, you could
not enjoy or experience pleasure, because if you did it meant you were not on guard
and if you were not on guard shit could happen. And those who came back to life are those
who understood the erotic, eroticism as a life force not just in its modern narrow definition
of sex, but basically how do you re-imagine yourself, how do you reinvent yourself, how
do you bring back an energy, a vitality, an aliveness. And it was my parents who inspired me to look
at it like that. So much of what I try to do is actually help
people connect with their aliveness. And aliveness goes with meaning, goes with
purpose, goes with creativity, goes with playfulness, and goes with connection to oneself, to one’s
partners, families, and to the world, to the politics of the world. And I think much of what you will hear from
me, comes from this source. This is probably what has influenced the most. How I think, how I look at the world, what
I do and so forth. So, in this effort to create truthful conversations,
I have just completed one of my most creative projects besides the book that is coming out
which is a new audio series, a podcast that is called “Where Should We Begin.” And as it is, it was launched in the U.S.
yesterday evening. So I thought here’s what I want to do. I wanna play you a couple of clips. You’re the first, that’s it, the baby is born. It’s on Audible, it’s on iTunes. It’s co-produced with Audible and Amazon. It’s 10 unscripted episodes of 10 anonymous
onetime couples counseling sessions. And so when people wanna know what do I do,
what happens in my office, this is probably the closest I can ever bring you into the
four walls of the room where I spend many, many hours. And as you will see, sometimes when you listen
in on the private intimate conversations of other couples which we never have access to,
because we all think we are alone in this one and couples are often isolated islands,
you will realize that often listening in on others puts you in front of your own mirror. And that when you are in front of your own
mirror, when you listen to others, sometimes you will find in their words the vocabulary
that you need for some of the conversations that you want to have. So, allow me to introduce you to “Where should
we begin.” When you pick a partner you pick a story,
and often, you will be recruited for a play that you didn’t audition for. Woman: I told her I didn’t know it was gonna
be like this that once we had a child that I would be like downgraded because it’s now
like all about the kids. Esther: What’s it like to be someone’s disappointment
for 20-something years? Man: Time. Woman: “Where should we begin with Esther
Perel?” is an Audible Original series bringing you into the office of the iconic relationship
therapist as she counsels real couples on modern love. Esther: You can both tell me all kinds of
things, and I can listen to each of you. I’m married to none of you, so it’s very easy. But you need to reach each other. Woman: These 10 anonymous couples have chosen
to share their most intimate and unscripted conversations. Woman: I was going to the bathroom, and I
was burying my face in the towel and biting it and howled even cried, frustrated. Woman: Esther helps each couple put words
to things they felt, but didn’t quite know how to say. Man: Sometimes I treat you poorly because
I see him as an extension of… Woman: Him is not here, you are here. Man: Because I see you as an extension of
me. Esther: Together we gonna aim for a different
conversation, different exchange. Man: Okay. How do I do? Woman: I will try to help you. Woman: So, where should we begin? Esther: One of the things that I try to say
is that when I work on sexuality, I’m actually much more interested in working on eroticism
than on how people come to experience this thing called the Act of Sex. Because many people and women for sure for
centuries have you done this act and felt nothing. I’m interested in the experience, in the meaning
of it, in the beauty of it, in the poetics of it. So I often say, “Sex isn’t just something
that we do, sex is a place we go.” And so where do you go in sex, what parts
of you do you connect with? What is it that you try to express there? In this couple, basically has been really
stuck around the doing of it. And the doing and the performing of it hasn’t
really worked so well for them. And so here is what I say to them. Man: I do feel like all of our conversations
you get very defensive that like I’m trying to say something negative about you, but I’m
not. I’m trying to just tell you sort of my view
on it. It doesn’t mean it’s right, it’s just what
I feel. Esther: So here’s the way you can tweak that. She already told you, “I was doing something
that didn’t feel good, but I was doing it for you.” So when you talk to her, include that neither
you liked it nor I liked it, and then it becomes a “we” statement. That’s what I mean by integrating the experience
of the other. And then she can do the same, you know, here
I was trying to be nice and to please you, little did I know that that wasn’t even what
you wanted. And then you can say, “That’s not the woman
I remember so that she doesn’t have to say that’s not who I am.” And then it’s less polarized, then you’re
not talking from the extremes. The minute you put yourself on the extreme,
the other person will defend themselves. Woman: What do I have to do different in the
way I communicate? What do I have to do different… Esther: …that’s a beautiful question, first
of all. Man: I wish that you would hopefully just
kind of listen to what I’m saying without immediately feeling like I’m attacking you,
because I promised it’s not my intention with whatever I’m saying to be attacking, I’m just
trying to tell you my viewpoint. Woman: But I think I do… Woman: She just caught herself, good. It’s very rare that I just make a blanket
statement like this. Your communication is terrible. Woman: I never knew that. I thought we’re really good. Esther: That doesn’t mean as a whole, but
this thing that I’m watching here is at the root of a lot of what happens and happened. Woman: Is that because we’re coming from different
backgrounds and view things differently? Esther: I don’t know how much I would put
it on culture. As much I would put it on your family cultures
and your experiences that you had. I do see that it wasn’t good for both of you
and that conversation needs to take place, not what was wrong, but how you changed this,
how you learned sexual communication. Woman: I just cannot do that anymore. Case closed sexually like I just can’t, some
things shut done. Esther: So here’s the idea, I don’t know what
your relationship is like sexually, but I have a sense for both of you. It’s been massively outcome-driven, rather
unimaginative, too fast for both of you and unsatisfying. It’s terrible to be with the man who you feel
is only pleasing himself and it’s terrible to be with a woman who you feel is just giving
you pity sex. So, no matter what’s gonna happen, the first
thing is touch. How you touch each other, how you stroke each
other, how you kiss each other and zero outcome, that’s plenty of outcome. Woman: But isn’t those things supposed to
happen naturally? Why is it…? Esther: Where the hell did you learn that
bs. Good. And for all of you who were not in the workshop
and want to stay informed on this or want to actually also get the other episode, because
they’re not all out yet. Just come up to me with your little piece
of paper and your email, and I’ll make sure you hear it. What I’m trying to say is this, why am I interested
in sexuality? Because in every culture, in every era, sex
is pretty much the window through which you can look at some of the most archaic, rooted,
deep values of a society of its treatment to women, to children, to power dynamics,
to privilege, to double standards all of it. And in every culture, sex is also the window
through which the most radical progressive changes take place. Tell me about you sexually, and I know a lot
about who you are as a person. Tell me about this relationship, and we’ll
know a lot and so forth. From the micro to the macro, this thing called
sexuality, it’s a lens, it’s not an act. And the notion that say relationships start
passionate and they just have one way to go and that’s down is also a fallacy. We should have a day just to debunk all the
myths and all the misconceptions by which we often think about these things. A lot of people, sexuality and the connection
and the intimacy improves when their sense of self-worth improves. When they feel better about themselves, when
they accept themselves more, when they are less riddled with shame, it’s all of that
that goes into the experience. And because we live in a performance-driven
industrialized place, we really would like to be able to quantify sex. How many orgasm, how hard, how long, how many
pills and all of that rather than understand that the erotic is a beautiful radiant interlude
that is massively unproductive. It has no numbers, you can’t measure it, it’s
a state of being. And that in order to be able to have that
experience around the erotic, what we need today is a level of relational intelligence. And why is this so important? You know, 10, 15 years ago if I went to a
company to work on the relationships in the company, it usually was because there was
a crisis, and it was called the soft skills. Nobody cared a great deal about this as long
as it could help with the bottom line. But everything has shifted to an economy of
service so is marriage, by the way, an economy of service. We want an experiencing marriage. We want to feel connected, we want to feel
known, we want to feel seen, we want to feel a sense of purpose, we want to feel special. If that ain’t service, what is? So we are completely in an economy of service
and experience. And for that, we need relational intelligence. We need to understand the basics of how we
connect to others, how we respect others, how we share our values, how we trust them,
how we let them trust us, how we can dream with them all of those major pieces that have
come to be known as relational intelligence. It’s not the tasks that you accomplish, it’s
how you attend to the many other things around you while you are attending to the task, very
different. And the good thing about intelligence is that
you can cultivate it. Some of us have a better sensibility about
it, but we can really all cultivate it. So can we get the lights on all of you? And I’ll play you one of the little clip,
which I think…do we have another one of these? See, you two don’t have a problem loving each
other, you know, you have this elephant that’s been between the two of you for a long time
with a complete over-focus on your performance, on the erectile difficulties, you know, and
all these ugly words that are completely shaming and emasculating. And you know the word emasculating does not
exist in the feminine, that’s a plague for men. So change the language, because it is crippling. And it’s as if you don’t have a whole body
as we make love with the whole body, and a lot of other parts of us, not just with our
genitals. If you stay focused on those damn genitals,
not much is gonna happen simply because it’s reductionistic and rather boring, and plus
you can’t rely on them. But you can rely on your hand, you can rely
on your smell, you can rely on your skin, you can rely on your hair, you can rely on
your voice, you can rely on your smile, on your eyes. My God, there is a lot of instruments in this
orchestra. And you’re gonna learn a question that was
never asked to you as a child, what would you like. I don’t think that was a question that was
part of the family vocabulary. Man: No, no. Esther: And so it’s
a little awkward to say, “I like” or “I would like” or “this feels good”. This is gonna be called the Therapy of Indulgence. How do we learn to indulge, to experience
pleasure for its own sake? I asked this to him, because yesterday we
were talking tell me how you were loved, and I will tell you how you make love? And when you have this man and he comes from
a family where they sat at the table and they ate and nobody said a word, and nobody asked
him ever, “What do you like?” Because that wasn’t part of what was important
in their upbringing. It is clear that that lack of knowledge about
himself, that lack of permission that he gives himself has entered his body and lives under
his skin and has become one of the major themes. It is not for everybody to have a therapy
of indulgence. Some people have been massively indulgent
then it’s time that they start thinking about others. So when you ask me, “What are the success
markers, what are the specific things people need to do?” I think that the important thing is to not
think that there is a list out there. You know, somebody asked me once, “You know,
do you do a therapy where you give homework, do you let people feel?” And I said, “For some people, it’s time to
get off their butt and to do homework and get into action, but other people have been
running around and moving and doing all the time and it’s time that they sit down and
think for a moment and let themselves feel.” The same when you ask what makes for a good
relationship. For some people, it’s the ability to, for
the first time, focus on themselves. For other people, it’s the ability to finally
step out of themselves and focus on someone else. For some people, it’s the ability of transforming
shame into guilt, so that they’re not so focused on how bad they feel about themselves so that
they can finally feel bad for how the other person is feeling, and take responsibility
for it if needed. For some people, it’s about becoming more
thoughtful, for other people it’s about becoming more vocal. For other people, it’s about shutting up for
a change. What happens these days is that we really
often want steps, and steps is a finite number because past seven we’re usually glazed. And I don’t have seven steps for a happy life. But we all understand at this point that our
attention is being hacked, our brains are becoming more fragmented and distracted. We are not paying enough attention to what’s
literally in front of us often because of this, and that we need to detox from all kinds
of things including the digital one. And from that place, you ask yourself how
am I doing in the department of my relationships, not just your intimate relationships, in general,
with your parents, your family, your siblings, your friends, how am I doing? How much have I attended to that part of my
life, and how much am I attending to other success markers of my life? And what have I done and am I showing up? Is there somebody I’ve been meaning to call
for umpteen days, because I know they’re sick and every day I forget? And hold yourself to task and don’t feel bad
about yourself when you hold yourself to task, just realize that you need to create agency
and action towards it. And if every one of us lives these days that
we are here and we actually elevate our sense of accountability. Relationship accountability is going through
some difficulty these days. Why? Because we have this thing, and with this
thing, I can ghost you on the spot, disappear, gone. You don’t exist anymore. An hour ago, I was sending you 150 of them,
now gone. That ghosting experience we’ve always been
rejected, but this one is really topping. And then if we don’t do the ghosting, many
of us do the simmering version. It’d be great to get together someday, I’m
super busy, I’m gonna be traveling for the next month. But when I come back, we shall meet. And then we have the icing version, which
is just an up version of the simmering. I really enjoyed meeting you. I’m not sure that I’m ready for anything more
in my life at this point, but I would love when I’m ready to get back to you. And all these versions of accountability,
or lack thereof, are fantastic because they are often summarized in what my friend and
colleague Terry Real has begun to call a situation of stable ambiguity. Stable ambiguity is a situation that is completely
connected to the digital relational revolution. It means just enough not to feel alone with
some of the comforts of consistency, but certainly not too much to feel like I’ve lost my freedom
and I am now committed and trapped. Stable ambiguity, a little bit of that but
not too much so that I don’t have too much of the other. And in this space, many people go around with
massive cases of FOMO and massive cases of… Audience: Kiss kiss. Esther: And massive uncertainty that accompanies
it. It’s a very interesting thing, right? More choice and more uncertainty and crippling
self-doubt. How is it possible that we are going from
one event to another to talk about confidence, and the relational doubts are all the time
creeping up on us. So for me, one of the things about success
is not about hot and awesome, it’s actually about more thoughtful about others and it’s
about a little bit more accountability. There are a lot of people who are accountable
to the environment and not accountable to the right, the person, the flower, and the
animal that is right next to them. It’s great as an idea, it’s poor as an action. And you bring that home into your relationships,
and you begin to own things. And you begin to be able to say when you know
that you’re doing stuff. When you know that you’re asking in a way
that guarantees that you’re not gonna get, we are all very good at that. And then complain that the other person isn’t
responding. And if you just go down one line after the
other, and look at the things that you could improve on, small, don’t make big promises,
small in the moment, you come back and you just say “That wasn’t cool, I could have done
this a little better. I know that this is a tough day for you, I
didn’t have to have another fit right now.” Something that just says I see myself through
your eyes, and I know what I have just done and tried to get away with. We do that, we will probably improve our relationships
by a lot. You follow me? How many of you does this speak to you? Okay. From there, if you wanna top up the temperature,
you can, but that’s a different story. So give the person next to you not what you
want them to give to you. Typically, we give to the other person that
which we want them to give to us but that’s not, give to them that which they want, which
may often be uncomfortable. We’re not the measuring stick. And all kinds of things like that. And these messages for me are the things that
I began to tell my boys from the moment they could understand. They grew up with these ideas. The same way that some people always taught
their children when somebody walks into the house, you first want to give them water or
something to drink, welcome them. It’s that mentality, so I’m more about the
mentality, I’m more about the ethics of relationship than I am about tips and tricks. And for some of you that may be exactly what
you like and for others that may have something lacking. I’m well aware of that, but I’m gonna resist
the temptation of telling you this is good, and this helps and all of that. I think if you get this idea, you will actually
feel more empowered and more free. What is self-esteem? It is the ability to see ourselves as flawed
individuals and still hold ourselves in high regard. It’s anything but perfection. So welcome your flaws, people. And now if you could turn to the person next
to you, and instead of telling them how great and awesome you are, you could tell them one
little flaw that you struggle with, we would make the world a more humble place.


  • Shruthi Reddy says:

    I love how she explains things she is so good with words

  • Camille Rose says:

    So real, so deep. You're a Woman of Truth Esther Perel 🙂 God bless you so much in your fulfillment.

  • Sharlotte Fernandes says:

    Esther is always so well turned out. Love the dress , its so distracting 🙂

  • Mimi says:

    Her Ted talk really was mind blowing and I learned a lot.
    Now every time I listen to her I hear all the same repeated sentences. One talk doesn’t really differentiate anymore.

  • Hay SoundsWrite says:

    Esther is such a smart, clear, diverse and fun presenter! I love her and I am learning still (on my third stage in life), thanks to her excellence, vision and passion for wanting to make a difference for all of us in the realm of relationships. Thank you Esther!

  • Angela Lopez says:

    So many little gems in this! For whatever reason, I feel like in this particular video, she is speaking directly to me. (I am completely aware that this is not possible, it's just the way I feel.) I am ultimately responsible for all of my experiences and how my action affect others and their experiences with me.

  • Sagewings says:

    Genius. Falling in love with your work, Perel!

  • JanasFreiheiten says:

    Wow, though I'm not in a love relationship right now, Esther Perel really changes my thoughts about how relationships work today. So I can also see my mistakes without defending myself. Thanks 🙂 ! Apart from that, I think she should coorperate with Brené Brown. There are so many parallels!

  • Liem H says:

    Thank you for the wonderful work.

  • Succeshero says:

    Wow she’s good! Amazing

  • TouchOf Zen says:

    Dose enyone know who is a designer of her dress?

  • Bezlichnyy says:

    Think of romantic relationships as sexual romantic love relationships. Select the opposite sex or same sex person you will/want/desire primarily as a sex object with the extension of integrating non-financial psychologically relevant character traits that will increase or grow attraction between the potential lovers. The getting to know phase of the sexual romantic love relationship is about finding out if the couple matches or is compatible in sex appeal( whatever each person finds sexually attractive in the opposite sex or same sex in terms of masculinity or femininity), intellectual compatibility–the couple is at about equal mental levels in order to understand each other e.g. stupid lover vs. intelligent lover=mismatch, moral compatibility e.g. virtuous vs. dissolute=mismatch or selfish lover vs. altruistic lover=mismatch, philosophical compatibility–each lover shares the same systematic way of life in accomplishing their personal goals. e.g. Religious Lover vs. Atheistic Lover=mismatch.

    Sexual romantic love is more psychological than it is physical–it is not about what the couples' do for each other rather how they make each other feel desired/important. Gifts, money, presents, etc. do not necessarily prove sexual romantic love. Sexual romantic love is expressed through thoughts, emotions, and actions, for example one lover choosing their career over their lover, that specific action proves a lack of love. Or one lover choosing their children or family over their lover. Those actions will make the other person feel ignored, undesired, and unimportant. Over time repeating such actions will cause one or both lovers to resent each other eventually leading to a break-up. Saying "Love you(whatever language spoken) or "I love you" is over-rated compared to actually showing it through implicit or explicit actions. And yes! Sexual romantic love can be measured in tangible terms, otherwise how would a person know the difference between being loved or unrequited love. Each of us may measure it in their own personal terms or different ways.

    Can sexual romantic love be grown through seniority or time passed? The short answer is no. Being in a long-term relationship or marriage as time passes doesn't grow sexual romantic love especially if the couple hasn't chosen to put any effort into making each other feel desired. The fundamentals principles if a person chooses to use them, will help guide to a fulfilling sexual romantic love life.

  • Moon Gazer says:

    The truth is the courts are stacked up against men so no reason for any guy to get married in the USA

  • Vivian Orgel says:

    Gifted, giving, a great thinker and mentor

  • Lucy Luft says:

    What a wise woman!

  • Kelly Calvert says:

    Absolutely brilliant woman. I found everything you shared to be like a very well balanced meal. The presentation is exciting because you are ALIVE in every word and thought you generously give us. (I found your dress to be fun and entertaining to look at) as I processed the multitude of intense lessons and concepts you stired up like a perfect stir fry. I cannot wait to indulge my mind in all the other offerings you have dished up for us! Classy ,sexy and extremely confident. Wow the power of intelligent woman!!! What a fantastic time we live in Right? May God always bless you and yours. What a gift you have. Thank you for opening my eyes.👀😍💛❤ Thank you Mind Valley for again creating the perfect ambiance for people like Marissa and Esther to pour out our truth as their truth so that ALL who want can grow from the nurturing from the milk of open honesty about the core of who we are as human animals.

  • z0rak says:

    What a quack

  • Jenna Rose says:

    The world needs a reboot when it comes to morals and integrity.

  • Jenni X says:

    She's a Belgian piece of art! 😀 Lol. That dress and hair omg and cute Belgian accent. <3 Lol what a lady! It's easy to agree with anything she's saying. I should be doing something else, just listening to her speak instead. :'D

  • Mama Loves the Beach! says:

    Love Ester and THAT DRESS!

  • Leena Storewala says:

    Open, meaningful, bold and truthful conversation ❤️❤️❤️I am seeking this with my husband 😍

  • Anna Maria Gonzalez says:

    I love this woman!!!!!! Talks the hard true talk we all need!!!!!

  • Anna Maria Gonzalez says:

    I love this woman!!!!!! Talks the hard true talk we all need!!!!!

  • P Boyd says:

    thank you Esther. so good.

  • Cassey Swan says:

    I love her!

  • J V says:

    Or maybe marriage or monogamy is not natural. It maybe normal but it will never be natural. This lady needs to listen to conversations with God books.

  • J V says:

    Notice guys how it's only women saying she is great and such in the comments.

  • Andre EWERT says:

    that cute french accent is great..one sexy and brainy lady

  • Bart Dijkstra says:

    Internet political anyway anxious tune international terrorist Internet file combine.

  • Christy Sanford says:

    Wow, awesome. Thanks, Esther.

  • Aakash Jain says:

    her partner must be super Happy with this sensible & intelligent lady. Kudos!

  • sthom146 says:

    She's amazing

  • Eric Houston says:

    14:00 Excellent gloss on why sexuality interests her. I couldn’t agree more.

  • Anna Bogdanova says:

    I like her talks and I like her dress in this video. Anybody knows what label/designer/shop is it from?

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  • Alexander Reid says:

    By simply clearing my mind of thought and focusing on the erotic sex object in my imagination was almost the same as the seeing the real thing. pleasure floods the brain with endorphins and orgasm is intense.

  • MONICA ANICA says:

    Be generous. It serves you best

  • Vintage Black Arabians says:

    Thank You Esther Perel!

  • omarkaya42 says:

    "Your children would prefer you stay together because that's the story they were born into." There it is.

  • Jessica Monroe says:

    "What is self-esteem? It is the ability to view ourselves as flawed individuals and still hold ourselves in high regard. It's anything but perfection. So, welcome your flaws, people."

  • Cathy Bobathy says:

    Erotic intelligence is also about sensual and nurturing intelligence. People who've been nurtured by a responsive, caring and emotionally generous family environment just 'know' how to do this with future mates. And this is the sexiest thing in a mate! It is this inherent understanding and compassion for human needs and the willingness and ability to fulfill those needs in your partner. It is 'primal intelligence' and the ability to meet primal needs without exploitation/dominance.

  • Rosalie T says:

    Don't give the person next to you what you want them to give to you but give to them that which they want. 🙏

  • Marsha Creary says:

    6:31–7:03 Honesty

  • Margo Wiersema-Nicolaï says:

    September third, 2018.

  • Dr. Jennifer Berry says:

    Wow!! I love this conversation! We want Connection AND Separateness. Security AND Adventure. Selfless Love vs. Selfish Desire. It really pricked me when she said do for the other what THEY want not what YOU want. Except for Parenting, I’ve lost touch with sacrifice. It was once a part of my life but I’m not convinced I want it back. Is it necessary? How sacrificial should I be? I want MORE!!

  • Kiliya 108 says:

    Esther Perel brings the wisdom of a goddess to us all. Reveal: Before I was divorced from my last wife (I've been married 2x), we knew there were problems and we were mired in that sell defense mode that a lot of couples go through, however my wife asked me if we could go see a counselor and I with my fragile male ego said no, that we could work it out ourselves. I really wanted to work it out, I loved her as much as ever. She said I wasn't happy and I knew she wasn't either but we could never get the clarity and objectivity to help each other through it.
    I only wish I would have said yes because it took a full 2 years to put myself back together again and although she has gone on to another relationship and I am happy being single it was one of the great regrets of my life. We were together for so long. I still love her but am glad she is happy again (because I do love her) but what if's are not good enough anymore and I appreciate what each day brings. I am happy in my skin. If there was a silver lining that was it. Nowadays I see relationships as problematic from the get go in many cases and know what suffering it might bring but I also know that tearing something down is sometimes the only way to build it up. If you're truly honest with yourself , it can work. Thanks Esther!

  • 1LaOriental says:

    Love you, Esther Perel!!♥️ So brave!

  • Larry B says:

    She is a great speaker and this is a good talk…but to say it is a talk about "erotic intelligence" is just misleading.

  • Adriana NICO Poelstr says:


  • endlessummer says:

    She is simply AMAZING. Brought me too tears with her personal background story.

  • Ilona Schmitz says:

    I'm still in search of intelligence.

  • Su-zane Tomas says:

    Give to the other person what they want. Not what you want to give them! Awesome and so basic. Thank you Esther Perel!

  • Laura Giammattei says:

    Just found you on you tube. I love your talks and I really like this dress ; )

  • Nadia Joseph Dell says:

    I am in awe of her truths about humans

  • Gordon D Krbavac says:

    How do I confirm my partner is a Narcissist ?

  • Yaffa Slurzberg says:

    She’s awesome!!

  • Vladimir Goodness says:

    27:57 we typically give to others what we want to ourself

  • Dr S Ranjan MBBS Acupuncturist says:

    Advice at 28:01 'Give what other want, not what you want' is similar to 5 Love Language of Gary Chapman.

  • tdreamgmail says:

    Pan sexual whore. Of course she's French,

  • Janine Roux says:

    Fantastic dress… On top of everything else!

  • Kyra Gaunt Ph.D. says:

    13:13 the first thing is touch

  • Kyra Gaunt Ph.D. says:

    15:35 performance driven sex vs erotic unproductivity

  • Kyra Gaunt Ph.D. says:

    15:32 marriage and service. We need emotional intelligence

  • Kyra Gaunt Ph.D. says:

    17:42 no problem loving each other. Complete over focus on dysfunction ED. We make love with the whole body not our genitals. …a lot of instruments in this orchestra

  • Stephanie P says:

    damn. that was incredible.

  • Frank Martinez says:

    Me too movement.

  • Bayyinah El-Amin says:

    So many brilliant point of reference to witness🙏🏾 The podcast is phenomenal 🙏🏾
    Self awareness is key….WE statements….self esteem for the pure benifit of humanity’s sharing our flaws is the most transparent gift for self growth….self reflection (asking how may I need to be do & say for healing in love)….asking “what would you like?”….holding sacred space for your beloved….get quality couples therapy and actively do what is necessary for healing your love relationship….give to your partner what she/he desires not what you desire….Erotica is a beautiful poetic space to connect in love!!!!

  • pam rw says:

    Please free the option to add subtitles, would love to translate this talk into Spanish

  • Sam Mohan says:

    The ideas she telling might be little bit hard to understand and to apply in real life. Her explanations about being erotic and having sex only concentrating on genitals without giving enough involvement of other body parts are very true and insightful. There is a book called 'Sex is Love – Rekindling your passion with a Hot Break' by one Sean Moore. It is about enjoying sex patiently and consciously for a wholesome experience. This video of Esther Perel takes me more deeper into the ideas of that book, great!

  • inner strength says:

    good one : https://youtu.be/tO0xgj3kEuI?t=1262

  • Ruy Filipe says:

    The most incredible talk , wish I eard all this 20 years ago . Congratulations .

  • Paul Diamond says:

    She is quite the motivational speaker. She got through to me.

  • svartvist says:

    If I had to counsel in her office I would not remember a thing she said, and have to wash up and change my underwear when I got home. A beautiful woman with a brain, who can articulate meaningful thoughts precisely and cogently, without over emoting. She attributes her career interest and success to her fond relationship with her father. Proof in situ Dr Kyle Pruett knew what he was talking about when he found that fathers who bond with their kids from the moment of birth, nurture them into emotional maturity and sexuality. GREAT JOB, dad! RIP. Would that the world was filled with women of this caliber.

  • Saira T says:

    Here I am! I am so happy to have found this technology. Thank you #mindvalley

  • Jeffrey Bone says:

    How does this get me a girlfriend? Arms wide..

  • Zachary Gillett says:

    Thank you.

  • Harsha Thakkar says:

    Your words are making this world of relating,so easy and heavenly to live in .With just the right and creatively effervescent use of visual and visionary words for the sacred-relating in dynamic and delightful possibilities. Salute! Hats off! Take a bow! and an applaud of awakened hearts! All yours !! for all that you are doing and the ways that you are doing. The world can be a much better place, having known the joys of eroticism (that reads Desire)and the treasures of love.

  • Xaris Xeros says:

    Married for 34 years and has kids aged 23 and 24? Suspicious…

  • Jorge Romera says:

    Wise lady. This world needs more people like her.

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  • Lisa68 says:

    Amongst all that you say this dress is gorgeous.

  • Antoinette Simmons says:

    If only Ester can just say something that inspires people to not be so damn LAZY (I repeat: LAZY) in relationships. She shares so many thought gems with her exceptional command of all the emotional and psychological interplay. But, when I personally meet and talk with couples, often I find that they KNOWWWW what has to change to have a more meaningful pleasure relationship, BUT they see it as WORK…they take no pleasure in doing the “WORK” Taking action requires effort. Then comes the question, “why do you not want to ‘DO’ the work that will change the dynamics of the relationship”? The answers to that question then opens up to another layer…the real reasons why they don’t want to do the work.

  • Antoinette Simmons says:

    When she says “we make love with the whole body…not just the genitals…if we stay focused on just the genitals it’s reductionistic and rather boring…there’s a lot of instruments in this orchestra”. BOOOOM!!!

  • Jeff Davis says:

    She's simply mesmerizing on all fronts. Relevant & worth listening to at least once. Watching maybe more…& by that I mean: watch a passionate person captivate an audience, naturally. Purely. Graciously.

  • Julia ED81 says:

    I had tears in my eyes during this whole video because nobody has ever opened my eyes on these issues before. Thank you for everything!

  • 1asianenigma says:

    I adore her work. Honest, refreshing, thought provoking.

  • MrOliverTube says:

    well, always sell yourself…Mindvalley has mountains to sell.

  • cecilia granados says:

    If we are outcome driven we’re bound for disappointment

  • DJMartin68 says:

    Good talk. There are many good points that I can learn from.
    There was one point that really resonated with me; when Esther states not to treat the other person the way we want to be treated by how they want to be treated. I had come to this realization within the last year or so. Oddly enough, I have tried to communicate this idea to others but that was not well received. Hearing Esther state it makes me confident that I am correct.

  • Diaper Dude says:

    ANOTHER lecture about vaginas and sex?
    Do women study anything else?

  • Jeff Silverberg says:

    What nugget of wisdom? 30 minutes to explain why erotic intelligence doesn’t really have anything to do with eroticism.

  • Jeff Silverberg says:

    I loved what she said at the end. It’s is the spirit of the “Golden Rule”. “Do unto others what you would have them do unto you.” Her change doesn’t seem like a change to me. But rather what “the rule” means. Give unto others what they want or need. Not what you would want or think they need. That I like and that will take communicative intelligence.

  • Kay Kurexi says:

    wrong title. just pure clickbaiting. the shit eating 'first world'.

  • Mickey Mouse says:

    Most of good female partners enjoy the using by the man, because he is much more aroused by her, than by other women.

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