Shrink Rap: Why Some Women Despise Valentine’s Day

A Telluride local, Dr. Paul Hokemeyer is an internationally recognized expert on treating the clinical issues that arise at the intersection of relationships and behavioral health.  (Scroll down for more on Dr. Paul.)

Dr. Paul was recently interviewed by Alisa Hrustic of Men’s Health about “…Why Some Women Actually Despise Valentine’s Day.”

Dr. Paul Hokemeyer

Dr. Paul Hokemeyer


Read this before you splurge on those diamond earrings…

Men will spend an average of $217 on Valentine’s Day gifts and dates to please their partners this year, according to a new survey commissioned by Groupon.But before you load up your cart, get a load of this: 41 percent of women in a relationship actually dread Valentine’s Day more than any other holiday, according to a recent survey commissioned by epi24, a sex toy company.That’s because for some women, Valentine’s Day just doesn’t feel genuine, says relationship therapist Paul Hokemeyer, Ph.D. With its hearts, flowers, chocolate, and champagne, it can feel as authentic as Cheese Whiz.

Plus, Valentine’s Day is loaded with high expectations, says New York-based relationship expert Jane Greer, Ph.D, author of What About Me? Stop Selfishness From Ruining Your Relationship. You probably figure she wants a diamond ring paired with a five-course Italian meal; she might assume you want the hottest sex you’ve ever had—but in reality, neither one of you feels like forcing an epic night of romance. In fact, 34 percent of women would rather watch TV than have sex on Valentine’s Day…

Continue reading here for more from Dr. Paul.

More about Dr. Paul Hokemeyer:

Dr. Paul is frequently quoted in a host of media outlets including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He serves on the panel of experts for the “Dr. Oz Show” and is a Fox News analyst. Dr. Paul served on the board of directors for the New York Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and received his certification as a clinical trauma professional. He also holds a law degree.

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Susan Viebrock

Susan Viebrock

Susan is Telluride Inside… and Out’s founder and editor-in-chief, the visionary on the team, in charge of content, concept and development. For 19+ years, Susan has covered Telluride’s cultural economy, which includes non-profits and special events. Much of her writing features high-profile individuals in the arts, entertainment, business, and politics. She is a former Citibank executive specializing in strategic planning and new business development, and a certified Viniyoga instructor.

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