Traditional concept is that all conflicts sit in the emotional part of our being - and then sexuality will work itself out. Body and mind are often considered to be two separate entities. An antagonism has evolved from this dualistic perception in which the impulse driven impure body is seen as inferior and in opposition to the pure mind and soul. “Sexological evaluations” in many sex therapy schools are still conducted without including the person’s physical sexual reality. Consequently, sexual problems are primarily understood to be symptoms of psychological conflicts or relationship disorders.
Sexocorporel is based on the fundamental inseparable unity of body and mind and uses a logical concept that everything needs to be learned, including sexuality. This model permits the sexological evaluation of all components that interact in human sexuality and based on this evaluation, clients can be provided with the abilities needed to improve their sexuality in the areas that cause them concern. The Sexocorporel distinguishes and examines the different components that play together in the practice and experience of sexuality. Dividing the inseparable – the human person – into components allows for differentiated working hypotheses. A person’s sexual identity is determined at conception as are the body and its physiology. All other components involved in sexuality are parts of human sexual development. They develop as a result of personal and social learning processes.
Sexocorporel refers to the intrapsychic or relationship conflicts as indirect causes of sexual problems and focuses on the direct causes, taking into account that brain and body are a functional fundamental unit. Within that unity not only mental processes influence the body, but equally as important, bodily states and processes influence the brain, hence our emotions, fantasies, thoughts and perceptions. For example, the arousal mode (the way people physically arouse themselves) directly influences their sexual experiences, as well as their sexual concepts and fantasies. (K. Bischof, www.ZiSMed.ch)