Sex Essential Reads

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

Do Strong Sexual Desires Universally Predict Cheating?

If you (or your partner) have a high sex drive, is there more risk of infidelity?

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?

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.

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 too, character is destiny.

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.

Why Are We Attracted to Our Friends?

Three new scientific papers reveal why we are prone to fall for our friends, and explain why so many of us try to remain friends with an ex.

What Explains Demographic Gaps? Simpson's Paradox

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on July 25, 2016 in Rabble Rouser
Racial, gender, and other gaps do not always reflect discrimination

The Marketing of Mindfulness

Mindfulness for mind-blowing sex?

Is Honesty the Best Policy in the Bedroom?

Research on close relationships recommends that you be honest with your partner. Does this honesty extend to your sexual past as well?

The 70 Year Itch

Sex for women in the seventh decade? No way!

The Role of 'One-Sided Sex' in Relationships

Peace-inducing sex is one-sided sex intended to maintain industrial peace within one’s relationship. Is it beneficial? Yes and no.

Why Women Are More Depressed Than Men

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on July 05, 2016 in Pop Psych
To understand why women are more depressed than men, you need to understand the adaptive function of depression

8 Common Myths (and 1 Truth) About Intimacy in Relationships

Without your realizing it, your beliefs about intimacy may be based more on myth than reality.
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How Many Straight People Are There?

Regardless of whether it’s sexual identity, attraction, or behavior, fewer women than men say they’re straight.