Essential Reads

Letter to Dads of Daughters on a Sexual Misconduct Epidemic

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in Curious?
I wanted to write a letter to dads of daughters everywhere on the sexual misconduct mayhem that is being revealed daily.

Sex, Lies, and Autism Research—Getting Value for Our Money

By John Elder Robison on November 12, 2017 in My Life With Asperger's
In the past decade, we’ve spent over a billion dollars studying autism. Yet precious little has changed for autistic people. An autistic adult asks why, and offers some advice.

What Is the Link Between Sex and Power in Sexual Harassment?

Men who are feeling more powerless over an extended period but then experience new heightened power, are the most likely to sexually harass.

Are Men Socialized to Prey on Women?

By Melissa Burkley Ph.D. on November 06, 2017 in The Social Thinker
Research shows the common men-as-predator and women-as-prey metaphor of dating may encourage men's sexual misconduct.

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Roy Moore's Systemic Danger to Our Democracy

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in Intentional Insights
Concerned about Roy Moore? This post shows how his accusations are a systemic danger to our democracy.

Oh No! Not Louis C.K.! A Star Admits to Sexual Misconduct

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in Laugh, Cry, Live
Louis C.K. is a talented and lauded comedian. What makes a good guy behave like a bad guy? And how can we come to terms with his grossly inappropriate sexual impositions on women?

Sexual Variety

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in The Human Beast
There is an astonishing amount of variation in sexual behavior around the globe and over time. Many of these differences can be explained as adaptive responses to the environment.
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Why Don't Victims of Sexual Harassment Come Forward Sooner?

No wonder victims of sexual harassment keep quiet. It is time we supported them, rather than question them.

Masturbation: Self-Abuse or Biological Necessity?

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in How We Do It
Masturbation has slowly lost its evil reputation from previous centuries. Human studies and primate research both indicate that it brings benefits rather than health risks.
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The Nine Ingredients of Great Sex

By Michael Castleman M.A. on November 15, 2017 in All About Sex
It's not that difficult to enjoy great sex. Just incorporate these nine elements into lovemaking.

Is Your Sexuality Harmonious or Obsessive?

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on November 15, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Research suggests that distinguishing between harmonious and obsessive passion is a useful psychological re-frame and associated with different outcomes.

Beyond the Casting Couch: Part 1

How to help victims of sexual abuse begin to take back their lives.

Cosmo Writer: Sex With Other Women Made Me a Better Lover

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in Standard Deviations
Sex writer Sophie St Thomas reveals how she became a better lover by sleeping with women.

Old Marshmallow Experiment Illuminates Trump's Weaknesses

By Rebecca Coffey on November 13, 2017 in The Bejeezus Out of Me
What does research into "delay discounting" tell us about Trump's "Achilles heel?"

Are Sexual Predators and Harassers Everywhere? Yes!

Tragically, those with power and control over others will often use their influence to exploit. We all must do our part to make sure they don’t ever get away with it. Are you in?

Thinking About Non-Monogamy?

By Samantha Joel on November 13, 2017 in Dating Decisions
Emerging research suggests that non-monogamous relationships can be just as satisfying as monogamous ones.

Some People Truly Don’t Feel Jealousy

Some people in long-term polyamorous relationships initially report that they do not feel jealousy, but over time many of them encounter jealousy triggers in their relationships.

Mindful Sex Is Mind Blowing Sex

By Laurie Mintz Ph.D. on November 12, 2017 in Stress and Sex
Have you ever had your mind wander during sex? Most people have! Here's how to use mindfulness to bring yourself back to the moment and focus on sensations.
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MeToo: A Watershed Moment

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on November 12, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
Collection of bold narratives from a range of writers, male and female, documents the social movement against sexual assault.

The Wandering Eye and the Green-Eyed Monster

By David Ludden Ph.D. on November 11, 2017 in Talking Apes
New research shows that when people fantasize about illicit affairs, they often project their guilty feelings onto their partner.

Roy Moore, Sex, Republicans, and Religious Conservatism

By Stanton Peele Ph.D. on November 11, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Roy Moore embodies an arrested sexual development common among fellow Republicans and conservative Christians.

A 12-Year-Old Is Watching Porn

By Nick Luxmoore on November 11, 2017 in Young People Up Close
If, realistically, we have little control over children watching porn, how do we help them understand what they're watching so that they're not damaged when it comes to real life?
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Four Psychological Traits of Sexual Harassers

By Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D. on November 09, 2017 in How to Be Yourself
What psychological traits make someone more prone to sexually harassing others?
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Strange Motives for Serial Murder

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on November 09, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
Despite stereotypes and overdone plotlines, we still see some unique angles in the motives of some serial killers.

How to Love Someone Again After Infidelity

By Stephen Snyder M.D. on November 08, 2017 in SexualityToday
Couples that stay together after infidelity fall into three categories: sufferers, builders, and explorers.

Why Do People Hate Smart Women?

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on November 06, 2017 in Feeling Our Way
How much of parenting literature makes complicated what is actually quite simple.

Close The Disconnect Between Women’s Self & Partner Pleasure

By Laurie Mintz Ph.D. on November 06, 2017 in Stress and Sex
To close the gendered orgasm gap in partnered sex we need to close another disconnect: the way women pleasure themselves alone and the way the receive pleasure with a partner.

Top Ten Tips to Re-Ignite Romance

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on November 05, 2017 in Emotional Fitness
There are many ways to re-light the romantic torch, it make take a little energy, and you may feel a little uncomfortable at first, but these tips are some of the best.

The Minds of Powerful Sexual Predators: How Power Corrupts

Three factors that propel powerful people to outrageous behavior.

When Food Is Food, When Sex Is Sex

Symptoms and behaviors that attempt to deal with emotions and replace relationships abound.

Think You’re Not a Virgin? Consider This

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on November 02, 2017 in Living Single
People with no romantic relationship experience often feel shame. They shouldn’t. In other times and places, they probably wouldn’t.

Sex and the iPhone

By Charles S. Jacobs on November 01, 2017 in Management Rewired
What do sex and iPhones have in common?

Same-Sex Relations in the Bible

By Neel Burton M.D. on November 01, 2017 in Hide and Seek
Many traditional attitudes to same-sex relations have come down from the Bible.

If the Woman You Love Gets Sexually Assaulted

By Michael Castleman M.A. on November 01, 2017 in All About Sex
Sexual assault leaves survivors traumatized. How men can help them cope and recover.