Dreams have been described as dress rehearsals for real life, opportunities to gratify wishes, and a form of nocturnal therapy. A new theory aims to make sense of it all.
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Justin J. Lehmiller Ph.D.
Who has sex with an ex, and why? And are the answers to these questions different for men and women? New research offers some intriguing insight.
A new study sheds light on how common threesomes are and whether experiences differ across age, gender, and sexual orientation.
Multiple orgasms in women are not the result of one specific "recipe." There is a lot of variability in how women come to have more than one orgasm.
Emophilia is the tendency to fall in love quickly and often. New research finds that people with this trait tend to be more attracted to partners with toxic personalities.
Women fantasize about dirty talk more than men. New research helps us to understand why that is—and why dirty talk is arousing to so many people.
Have you noticed any changes in your sexual fantasies since the pandemic began? New research finds that most people have.
How do you see yourself in your sexual fantasies? New research finds that most people change themselves in some way. These changes reveal something about us, and our culture.
A new Kinsey Institute study examining the impact of lockdowns and quarantines on our intimate lives finds that many people are reconnecting with former partners.
New Kinsey Institute research offers insight into how couples can get the spark back in their relationship—and keeping it going through the pandemic and beyond.
The same factors that increase sexual desire in some people can drive it way down in others.
COVID-19 is affecting the amount of porn that’s being produced, the type of porn that’s coming out, what people are searching for on tube sites, and how much porn they're watching.
Fantasies about being 'forced' to have sex are surprisingly common, and they may have roots in our personality, attachment style, and sexual history.
We aren’t experiencing as much sexual pleasure as we used to. How can we fix that? Sex therapist and neuroscientist Nan Wise shares her research insights.
At what age should parents have "the talk" with their kids? And what do parents need to know to successfully navigate this discussion? Here's a brief guide to get you started.
We have a tendency to believe that progress makes everything better, including sex; however, Chris Ryan's new book suggests that this line of thinking may be all wrong.
What are the most common sexual fantasies in America? Research uncovers seven distinct themes, including power, multiple partners, and sexual taboos.
People with ADHD are more open to the idea of being in a consensually non-monogamous relationship. However, open relationships can be a double-edged sword for persons with ADHD.
Porn is more accessible to teens today than ever before. A new CNN docu-series explores the impact this is having on how they think about sex and approach relationships.
ADHD has a wide range of effects on couples but the precise impact differs across gender and sexual orientation lines.
What does your use of emojis say about your sex and dating life? More than you might think, according to new research.
The new book "Three Women" offers a deep dive into how infidelity impacts women, and the degree to which women sex-shame other women.
The new book "Three Women" offers a deep dive into the world of cuckolding, from a woman's perspective.
Is kink/BDSM a serious leisure activity, or is it an innate aspect of your sexuality? Could the answer be different for different people? New research sheds light on the subject.
Gupta traveled the world to learn what other cultures are doing differently. He explores how we can use that information to enhance our health in his new series.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta traveled the globe to learn what other cultures can teach us about living longer, happier lives and he documented his surprising insights in a new TV series.
Two psychologists share their advice on improving sexual communication and maintaining a great sex life. They also debunk one of the biggest myths about sex.
Two psychologists debunk some common myths and share their research-based insights on developing happier and healthier relationships.
Psychologists have labeled many sex fantasies as "paraphilias" or unusual sexual interests. New research suggests that many paraphilias are more common than previously thought.
Fantasies about sex robots aren't as common as you might think. However, men are more likely to fantasize about robot sex than women.
Group sex is one of the most popular sexual fantasies, but not everyone has equally good experiences acting on it. Research finds that both gender and sexual orientation matter.
Justin J. Lehmiller, Ph.D., is a Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University.