All About Masturbation

Even infants, as they learn to explore their bodies, have been known to pleasure seek through masturbation. Over time we learn to stimulate ourselves to reach sexual satisfaction. Read on to learn the latest thinking as well as how common it really is.

Recent Posts on Masturbation

An Unusual Response to a Sex Survey

By Paul Joannides Psy.D. on January 29, 2016 As You Like It
From a man who likes having sex with women but is fascinated with penises, posts photos of his penis online daily, and is aroused by transgender porn and male genital torture.

Evidence Mounts: More Porn, LESS Sexual Assault

By Michael Castleman M.A. on January 14, 2016 All About Sex
Several natural experiments show that as access to porn increases, rates of sexual assault DECLINE.

Saying Yes to Female Orgasm

By Stephen Snyder M.D. on January 12, 2016 SexualityToday
The techniques each woman prefers are so specific that guessing will get you nowhere. A good reminder that sometimes the best way to find out what turns a woman on is just to ask.

Five Strategies to Prevent a Sex Addiction Crisis at Work

Disaster! 6:13 p.m., manager Trisha Woodard stops into her vice president’s office for discussion, interrupting him looking at his iPhone and, well.... Save your company now!

The Khan Academy of the Cl*toris

Is your New Year's resolution - be better in bed? Do you wonder: How do I make her want to have sex more often? What makes a woman have an orgasm? How do I tell him what I like?

Sex Survey of the Week

By Paul Joannides Psy.D. on December 19, 2015 As You Like It
When I first started having sex, I wish I knew how clumsy and awkward it would be

Losing my Erection

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on December 05, 2015 Minority Report
Part of sexual addiction recovery for men is going to feel like they're "losing their erections". Part of it is allowing the body to reset to a healthier sexual baseline.

Shocking Sex Lives

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on December 03, 2015 In Excess
There are many published case reports of autoerotic deaths of people who have died in strange sexual circumstances. This article looks at electrophilia (arousal from electricity).

Masturbation or "Master"-bation

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on December 02, 2015 Minority Report
Clients in recovery from sex addiction invariably ask about masturbation. What is healthy or unhealthy? It can be very confusing, shaming, especially within Christian circles.

The Elephant in Sigmund Freud's Consulting Room

By Rebecca Coffey on November 17, 2015 The Bejeezus Out of Me
Anna Freud may be Patient Zero in the on-gong debate about gay conversion therapy.

Are People More Interested in Sex Today Than Before?

By Paul Joannides Psy.D. on September 30, 2015 As You Like It
Are you more interested in sex than your parents or grandparents were?

Hypersexual Disorder Debates

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on September 24, 2015 In Excess
Sex addiction appears to be a highly controversial area. Given that "gambling disorder" was reclassified from a disorder of impulse control to a behavioral addiction in the DSM-V, there is now no theoretical reason why other behavioral addictions can’t be added in years to come. So why wasn’t sex addiction included in the latest DSM-V?

Will a Pink Pill Make Me Horny?

Will a Pink Pill Make Me Horny? It depends on what kind of sexual problem you are having. By Susan Kolod, Ph.D.

I Was On Ashley Madison

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on August 29, 2015 Minority Report
You are on the Ashley Madison list and the pit of your stomach is churning. You may experience shortness of breath, dizziness, or loss of concentration. Your double life is over and exposed (at least to those who have the list) now you're wonder if you should double-down and continue to lie or face significant consequences for sharing the truth. But where do you start?

Masturbation: Will the Controversy Never Cease?

Not everyone masturbates, but if you do, it’s fine, even daily, even if you're happily coupled.

Redditor to Redditor

Young men are finding new ways to reach out to each other and older generations for advice and mentorship.

In at the Sharp End

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on March 24, 2015 In Excess
Belonophilia refers to the deriving of sexual pleasure and arousal from pins or needles. Although media stories relating to ‘needle fetishes’ appear to be relatively rare, clinical and medical case studies in the academic literature are almost non-existent. So, what do we know psychologically about this apparently rare sexual fetish?

How to Explore Your Sexual Boundaries With Your Partner

One of the best ways to prevent boredom and breathe new life into the bedroom is to explore your sexual boundaries together. Most couples don’t explicitly communicate their boundaries with each other, so a lot of couples don’t actually know where they stand on the behaviors and fantasies they feel comfortable experimenting with.

How the Menstrual Cycle Affects Women's Libido

Unlike dogs and cats, women don't experience "heat," but studies show a libido spike around ovulation.

Do Sex Surveys Pose Any Risk of Harm to Participants?

Surveying college students about their sex lives is often presumed to pose risks to participants, such as psychological distress. However, research finds that sex surveys appear to hold no more potential for harm than general psychological tests.

How does Love Affect Happiness?

Unlike marriage, love seems to increase happiness significantly. This was the conclusion of a seventy-year long longitudinal study of two socially different groups.

42 Signs that You are a Narcissist

Discover your degree of self-centeredness with these 42 signs indicating narcissism.

The NoFap Phenomenon

By David J Ley Ph.D. on March 03, 2015 Women Who Stray
The NoFap movement gets lots of media attention, as they trumpet the dangers of masturbating to porn. But, their claims are based on weak science, and subjective anecdotes. Worse, they are regurgitating old myths about sexuality, which treat male sexuality in reductionistic fashion.

How to Stop Feeling Guilty About Your Lack of Orgasms

Most women who haven’t had their first orgasm are incredibly hard on themselves. They feel ashamed, embarrassed, defeated, anxious, unwomanly, self-conscious, and alone. Learn how you can transform your relationship with orgasm.

Is Sadomasochism a Uniquely Human Form of Sexuality?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on February 25, 2015 Animals and Us
From an evolutionary point of view, the enjoyment of pain would seem to be maladaptive. Is there an animal analog of finding sexual satisfaction in being whipped, poked with needles, or having hot wax dripped on your skin?

Stars In Their Eyes

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on February 24, 2015 In Excess
Celebriphilia has been defined as “an intense desire to have a romantic relationship with a celebrity” and shares many similarities with celebrity stalking. It is also a completely modern, man-made phenomenon. But what do we know about celebriphilia?

Chronic Fatigue in the Context of the History of Medicine

In the way that lives were once ruined with such toxic diagnoses as ovarian hysteria, lives today are ruined by CFS.

How Big are Psychological Sex Differences?

Are Men and Women Psychologically Different?

Childhood Trauma and Masturbation

Often when a child undergoes abuse or trauma there are not sufficient outlets for all the rage, despair and grief that results from the betrayal. Masturbation is one of the most accessible and available forms of numbing out, because you rely only on your own body to produce the intoxicating chemicals that soothe the pain.

When Sex Isn’t About Pleasure

By Rick Miller LICSW on February 05, 2015 Unwrapped
Sexual compulsivity is treatable. That may be one of the most important sentences you will ever hear. If it’s threatening your personal and professional life, there is an alternative.