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Notes on the history and current practice of female infidelity
David J. Ley Ph.D.
Porn accountability and filtering/blocking software have no evidence of effectiveness and may expose users to increased shame and security risks.
Is this person wanting therapy for sexuality issues, or are they pretending, so they can exploit a therapist who is just trying to help?
The concepts of trauma bonding and Stockholm syndrome are extremely inconsistently defined.
Polyvagal Theory is the latest in a long string of psychological fads that are popularized in advance of strong empirical data. Here are the potential benefits and drawbacks of using PVT.
Why did so many women stop menstruating when they were put in concentration camps? And why has it taken so long for someone to ask about it?
In recent news, Trump insider Alex Jones is revealed to have sent nude photos of his wife to political adviser Roger Stone. Why do men share nude images of their female partners?
Therapists can sometimes inadvertently violate confidentiality and ethical boundaries through informal conversations with friends and family.
Becoming a sex therapist involves training and education that can impact a therapist's own personal intimate relationships.
Does watching porn make you less likely to get aroused with a real partner? Research testing couples in a lab finds that porn use actually predicts higher sex arousal.
The exploitation of the term "grooming" has risks.
Many persons with disabilities find that seeing sex work providers is an avenue to access often safe, affirmative, and healthy sexual expression.
As discussion of cuckolding has become more mainstream, we are seeing shifts in how it is practiced. Female and sexual minority voices are being empowered.
Erotic hypnosis may offer ways to embrace suggestibility to erotic arousal and overcome shame and disgust.
A growing body of literature suggests that males, most at-risk for COVID, are also at great risk of experiencing lingering sexual dysfunction as result of infection.
Men often have fewer sexual difficulties during solo sex than in partnered sex, but this doesn't mean anything is wrong, broken, or even problematic.
Can trans youth experience sexual response as adults, or does early affirmative treatment affect their sexual development?
When an ex tells you they "need closure," they're often telling you more about their need for control, revenge, and expression of their anger.
New evidence suggests that UK mass killer Jake Davidson blamed porn and masturbation for his celibacy.
Some find their wife's sexual past deeply arousing and request that they share even more.
Telling someone they are attractive changes the dynamics of your interactions. When it's a therapeutic relationship, this can be extremely damaging.
Compelling people who have engaged in infidelity to disclose everything sounds like a good idea. But is it?
When our patients succeed in allowing joy into their lives, therapists also feel tremendous joy, because we know this is the start of a new life.
Research and headlines on the effects of pornography are confusing. How is it possible to sort out what effect it will have on you?
Castration plays a disturbing role in the desperate thinking of many men who fear their sexual compulsions.
Ask not for whom the cancel mob is coming; it comes for thee.
Intrasexual competition and other factors appear to influence who heterosexual women trust.
Giving up the ability to use a safeword in kinky encounters.
Seeing oneself as a perpetual victim, always taken advantage of, may be a stable characteristic.
A British legal ruling challenges the view that puberty blocker medications are completely reversible.
Sex therapists commonly get requests for pretty wild stuff, but this email took the cake.
David J. Ley, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and the author of Insatiable Wives, Women Who Stray and The Men Who Love Them.
Exploring issues of sexual taboos, debunking sex/porn addiction and discussing general trends in psychology and psychotherapy.