All About Sex

At least for humans, this most basic of acts is anything but basic. As the pioneering sex researcher Alfred Kinsey put it, the only universal in human sexuality is variability itself. Within the universe of intimacy and pleasure that sex affords, however, there's a lot of room for error. From the behavior itself to our sexual identifications and associations, sex never fails to be a provocative topic. Most people are affected by sexual problems at some point in their lives and safety of the body and mind is always a concern. Though the global jury may remain hung over sex's moral and political implications, we can all come to at least one consensus: It's why we're alive today and it's the first thing future generations depend on.

Recent posts on Sex

STI Testing: What Are Teens Concerned About?

By Michele Ybarra MPH, Ph.D. on August 24, 2016 in Connected
1 in 2 new cases of STIs occur among young people. How can we change this?

Money for Nothing, but the Chicks Aren't Free

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on August 21, 2016 in Pop Psych
New research finds that altruists (or at least men) tend to have a greater degree of mating success. As usual, however, the matter is more complicated than that.
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Stephanie: Bisexual Orientation, Lesbian Identity

Stephanie looks back at her process of recognizing her attraction to women. Lesbian novels, a gay pride march, sex and a relationship helped.

Repairing the Damage of Abstinence-Based Sex Education

By David J Ley Ph.D. on August 17, 2016 in Women Who Stray
Only through good, real-world, holistic sex education can our country recover from the damage we've done to teens by promoting abstinence.

How to Turn Friendship Into Love

Is your friendship forever a friendship, or could it turn into a romance? New research can help.

8 Keys to a Loving Relationship

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on August 16, 2016 in Emotional Fitness
Put these eight simple tools to work to improve your love life.

Does Loving Longer Mean Loving More?

Loving longer is associated with lower romantic intensity, but it is also related to profound love. Does loving longer increase or decrease love? It all depends on what love is.

Sex at the Olympic Games? The Truth Revealed

By Kelly Campbell Ph.D. on August 15, 2016 in More Than Chemistry
For years now, hundreds of thousands of condoms have been distributed to athletes at the Olympic Games. But how many are actually being used?

Who Are Psychology's Geniuses? Part 2

I offer a few more nominations for psychologists whose contributions deserve to be called ingenious, and some analysis of what makes them stand out. See if you agree.

5 Secret Ways You Keep Yourself (and Your Partner) Faithful

Have you ever wondered about the unconscious behaviors we perform in order to stay faithful? And to keep our mates faithful? Find out which of these behaviors you perform.

Homophobia Isn't Repressed Homosexuality

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on August 13, 2016 in Pop Psych
Many people find the hypothesis that homophobia results from repressed homosexual urges socially palatable. It's probably wrong all the same.

How to Move a Relationship out of the Friend Zone

Everyone engages in a little fantasizing in which the platonic turns to the romantic. New research shows that these fantasies can become reality under the right conditions.

Consequences of Compulsive Sexual Behavior

By Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH, Brian L. Odlaug, PhD, MPH, and Samuel R. Chamberlain, MD, PhD on August 12, 2016 in Why Can't I Stop?
Individuals with CSB (compulsive sexual behavior) may face a variety of medical complications, including unwanted pregnancies; sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS

How Social Constructionism Created the Sex Addiction Model

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on August 11, 2016 in Standard Deviations
An ideological belief in the malleability of sexuality has given rise to the sex addiction movement.

Olympics May Increase Child Prostitution in Rio

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on August 10, 2016 in Nurturing Resilience
With the Olympics has come more child sexual exploitation. A new film, in development, is focusing attention on what happens to Brazil's child victims when they grow up.

Why Intimate Sex Is the Key to a Successful Relationship

By Lisa Thomas LMFT on August 10, 2016 in Save Your Sex Life
Sex + Intimacy = Mindblowing Experience
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Why Attachment Theory Is All Sizzle and No Steak

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on August 10, 2016 in Standard Deviations
Attachment theory is a helpful research tool, but in clinical practice it imposes arbitrary, moralistic societal standards on relational and sexual desires.

How Men Feel About Their Bodies

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on August 10, 2016 in Cravings
Are you a man with concerns about your appearance? You're not alone!

Cheating and Consensual Non-Monogamy

People can cheat before, during, and after consensual non-monogamous relationships. This cheating can be emotional and/or physical, involving lying or broken safer sex agreements.

A Downside for Trophy Wives: Sexually Diminished Husbands

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on August 09, 2016 in How We Do It
Increasing reproductive problems with age are by no means confined to women. Clear evidence of similar drawbacks for men has been widely ignored. Trophy wives pay a high price!
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Walk in My Shoes, Said the Serial Killer

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on August 09, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
As I discuss "Confession of a Serial Killer" on "Crime and Science Radio" this week, I'm reminded of how complex this 5-year project from a killer's point of view was.

Interview About "Your Friend Forever"

Lincoln's friendship with Joshua Speed reveals all kinds of things about his strengths, his struggles, and his character—and the making of greatness.

7 Behaviors That Ruin a Relationship

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on August 08, 2016 in Compassion Matters
What relationship pitfalls keep us from maintaining the passion, attraction, admiration and closeness we once felt for our partner?

Are Beer Goggles Real?

Plenty of research shows some startling facts behind the beer goggles myth, but why people seem more attractive after a few drinks proves to be even more interesting.

Diagnosing Compulsive Sexual Behavior

By Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH, Brian L. Odlaug, PhD, MPH, and Samuel R. Chamberlain, MD, PhD on August 08, 2016 in Why Can't I Stop?
Is compulsive sexual behavior a new disorder?

College Parents 101

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on August 07, 2016 in Social Lights
Six things parents must discuss with their college-bound kids
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Why So Few Lesbians?

Scholars cite both biological and cultural reasons why so few women identify as lesbian.

The Invisible Sexuality

By Joye Swan Ph.D. on August 06, 2016 in Up Close and Personal
Bisexuals face a unique problem—their orientation is not believed by either hetero- or homosexuals. For bisexual women, "it's just a phase." For men, "they're really gay."

Study: The Male Warrior Hypothesis May Be Real

By Christopher Bergland on August 05, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Why are male athletes more likely to be touchy-feely after a sports competition than their female counterparts? A new study from Harvard University offers some interesting clues.
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Why "Eroticized Rage" Is a Nonsense Concept

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on August 05, 2016 in Standard Deviations
'Eroticized rage' is a popular concept in sex addiction circles, but it is merely biased sex-negative moralism disguised as psychoanalytic jargon.