Sex Essential Reads

Women’s Right to Say YES to Sexuality

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on September 21, 2016 in In the Name of Love
Women’s sexual right to say “yes” should be respected, including their right to freely shape their sexual performances, without incurring any social or emotional censure.
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The Strange Link Between Attitudes Towards Sex and Drugs

According to evolutionary theories, people's attitudes to recreational drug use may be influenced by their preferred mating strategies.
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What You Should Know About Transcending During Sex

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on September 16, 2016 in The Empowerment Diary
Do you find that some of your sexual encounters bring you to a magical place or a feeling that you're experience an altered state of consciousness? This can be very transformative.

Age as a Factor in Sexual Orientation and Attraction

By Loren A. Olson M.D. on September 13, 2016 in Finally Out
Sexuality research focusing exclusively on genital sex to the exclusion of attraction, affection and affiliation falls short in our understanding of sexual orientation or identity.

Anthony Weiner Is Not a Sex Addict, Neither Is Anyone Else

By Joye Swan Ph.D. on September 08, 2016 in Up Close and Personal
"Sex addiction" doesn't pass muster in medical research, but you'd never know it by those benefiting from keeping it in the public discourse.

Asexuality Is a Sexual Orientation, Not a Sexual Dysfunction

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on September 05, 2016 in Living Single
A growing body of research suggests that asexuality is a sexual orientation and not a psychiatric condition or a disorder of sexual desire.

Anthony Weiner Is Not a Sex Addict

By Joe Kort Ph.D. on September 02, 2016 in Understanding the Erotic Code
This simplistic label of "sex addict" does nothing to help someone with out-of-control sexual behaviors

Sex Over Time: Keeping the Home Fires Burning

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on September 02, 2016 in Insight Therapy
For most couples, sexual passion fades with time. But some manage to keep it up for years. What’s their secret?

The Virtues of Sexual Generosity in Relationships

Generosity is very valuable for our well-being and health. Is this also true for sexual generosity?

More Evidence Regarding the Causes of Homosexuality

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on August 29, 2016 in Pop Psych
Development of a homosexual preference might have something to due with the maternal environment a male fetus finds itself in

Does a High Sex Drive Make a Partner More Likely to Cheat?

If someone has a high sex drive, are they more likely to cheat?

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.

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.

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.

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.
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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.

Are 'Beer Goggles' Real? Here's the Answer.

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

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.

Compulsive Sexual Behavior

By Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH, Brian L. Odlaug, PhD, MPH, and Samuel R. Chamberlain, MD, PhD on August 05, 2016 in Why Can't I Stop?
Why should we be concerned about compulsive sexual behavior? Pornography, which is just one part of compulsive sexual behavior, is a huge business, and as such, it is here to stay.

The Opposite of Jealousy

By Isadora Alman MFT, CST on August 03, 2016 in Sex & Sociability
Is jealousy a natural part of a romantic or sexual relationship? It doesn't have to be.

Why Young People Aren't Having as Much Sex as They Used To

By Jean M Twenge Ph.D. on August 02, 2016 in Our Changing Culture
Surprise: Young adults today are less likely to be sexually active. What gives?

Why Your Perfect Partner Doesn't Need to Be Ideal

Our partner may not match our ideal preferences, but we employ a variety of psychological techniques to keep us happy with the person we're with.

How Your Personality Traits Predict Your Love Life

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on August 02, 2016 in Insight Therapy
In love and sex, character is destiny; research points to a significant predictive association between the big five personality traits and romantic life.

The Romantic Relationship Challenges of Bisexual Individuals

Bisexual men and women often enter treatment to focus on relationship concerns only to learn that providers don't know how to help them improve in this area.

Four Attractive Stereotypes You Shouldn't Try to Conform To

By Mairi Macleod Ph.D. on July 26, 2016 in Sexy Science
If you act dumb to appeal to men, or you flash your cash to pull women, then don't be surprised if you attract the wrong types.