Are Childhood Attachment Issues A Precursor To Erectile Dysfunction In Adulthood?

Are Childhood Attachment Issues A Precursor To Erectile Dysfunction In Adulthood?

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is one of the most common sexual difficulties in men. Because the prevalence of it increases so much with age, ED is a sexual problem that most people tend to think of as having a biological basis, thus necessitating biological treatment (e.g., Viagra, or other ED medications). However, such a view of ED overlooks the important role that psychology plays in this sexual difficulty. Indeed, research has found that a wide range of psychological variables can trigger and/or exacerbate ED, from depression to poor body image to stress. In this article, we will take a look at one specific psychological risk factor for ED that, to date, has received relatively little empirical attention: early childhood attachment disruptions.

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Sex With Your Ex: Is It Always A Bad Idea?

Sex With Your Ex: Is It Always A Bad Idea?

Welcome to the wonderful world of ex sex. It’s hot, it’s naughty…oh yeah, and it’s a really stupid idea. – Cosmopolitan Magazine 

Most articles I have seen on the topic of “ex-sex” (i.e., having sex with a former spouse or partner) categorize it as a universally stupid and unhealthy idea. The gist of these articles is that having sex with your ex can only make you feel worse because it will remind you of a failed relationship and make it harder for you to ever move on with your life. But is this true? Is ex-sex as psychologically damaging as the popular media suggests? Let’s take a look at what the research says.
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Men Who Lack A Sense Of Smell Have Fewer Sexual Partners

Our sense of smell has long been known to play an important role in sexual attraction. Indeed, the multi-billion dollar perfume, cologne, and deodorant industries are founded on the premise that smelling good is one of the keys to finding and maintaining a relationship partner. However, those artificial scents aren’t the only thing driving attraction. More and more research suggests that human beings subtly communicate with one another through pheromones, chemicals naturally secreted by the body that can be picked up through our noses. As some particularly compelling evidence of the importance of having a functional set of nostrils, a new study reveals that lacking a sense of smell appears to have implications for one’s sex life.
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Do Our Sexual Fantasies Differ When We Feel Insecure?

Sexual fantasies exist to serve many different functions, from enhancing sexual pleasure to expressing hidden desires (for a few fantasy examples, see A Top Ten List of Women’s Sexual Fantasies and A Top Ten List of Men’s Sexual Fantasies). Having fantasies is considered to be a normal and healthy part of human sexuality. In fact, research has found that frequent sexual fantasizing is linked to having a more satisfying sex life [1]. To date, most research on sexual fantasies has focused on describing common fantasy themes, while very little work has considered where sexual fantasies actually come from and why fantasy content varies so much from person to person. A new set of studies has found that at least part of our fantasy content may stem from attempts to deal with personal feelings of insecurity [2].
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