Why are so many people drawn to conspiracy theories in times of crisis?
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Notes on the history and current practice of female infidelity
David J. Ley Ph.D.
Sex therapists commonly get requests for pretty wild stuff, but this email took the cake.
Providing in-person psychotherapy right now may be an unacceptable risk for spreading COVID-19. Therapists need to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
Childhood trauma creates wounds and scars. But it may also create pathways that lead to the development of empathy.
Most sexual abuse of children is committed by non-pedophiles. But moral panic seems to attend to the fantastical fears of secret pedophile cabals.
The Falwell scandal is an opportunity for Evangelical Christians to confront, and change, their sexual hypocrisy.
Harem fiction explores male characters with multiple female lovers and wives. The surprising popularity of these books reveals male sexual psychology.
Claims that testosterone is increased by abstinence are based on rather poor science, and seem unlikely to be accurate.
Valuing your partner's sexual needs, even when you can't meet them, reduces the chances they will feel unsatisfied and unhappy in your relationship.
Many men claim that watching too much porn caused them to develop erectile difficulties. But their self-report may be of limited value.
Opening up to kinky gatherings can be done safely, in the days of COVID-19, with accommodations and safety practices.
Part 2: Exploring the therapeutic issues of therapists who make adult content.
Part 1: When your therapist is a porn star, how does it affect therapy?
The intersection between our loneliness epidemic and COVID-19 isolation.
An exposed fake sex doctor returns, yet again promoting himself as an expert in a sensational and critical area of medicine.
Social isolation and solitary confinement erode our personal boundaries in relationships and work.
Years ago, Daniel was a sex addiction therapist. Today, he's a porn star, and still a practicing therapist, though his approach to sexuality has changed radically.
The idea of a quarantine baby boom has intuitive appeal, but the science doesn't really support it.
That moment when your patient shows you a picture of their car and accidentally swipes right!
The conviction of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein serves as a final nail in the coffin for the concept of sex addiction.
Xenophobia in response to fears of infection has a long history in human evolution. To combat racism, let’s use facts, not shame.
Some aspects of our personalities are a bit easier to change than others.
For more than a century, therapists have assumed that deviant sexual interests are uncommon and unhealthy. New guidelines now offer accurate, unbiased clinical ways to help.
Will secrets revealed by genetic testing change our ideas about ourselves, our families, and our heritage?
What (surprisingly interesting) research tells us about yawns.
It's not that video games are bad for you, it's that kids who feel frustrated in life can use video gaming in dysregulated ways.
The idea that people "block out" traumatic memories has been proven wrong over and over. Why, then, do therapists continue to promote it?
Claims that pornography feeds misogyny have limited evidence, but hatred toward women appears rife in those who oppose pornography.
Surprising numbers of webcam users report anxiety over their use—but it's not the sex that has them stressed out.
As licensed clinicians engage publicly in social media debates of politics, healthcare, and sexuality, they take the risk that their right to free speech may be challenged.
If your therapist tells you that you're in denial, it's probably them that has the problem - not you.
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.