Sexuality Library

  • Does Masturbation Cause Blindness?
    The myths that masturbation leads to blindness, or causes you to grow hair on the palms of your hands, or will cause someone to be impotent later in life, or leads to mental illness, have ...
  • Shame: The Quintessential Emotion
    It's the quintessential human emotion, says New Brunswick, N.J., psychologist Michael Lewis, Ph.D., in his writings. All extravagant behaviors are reactions to it, says Philadelphia psychiatrist Donald I. Nathanson, M.D. It's the root of dysfunctions ...
  • Stay Sexy Your Entire Life!
    If you are over 50 and want the best that life has to offer, you probably desire a passionate, stimulating sex life. If you are under 50, you probably wonder what you have to look ...
  • Affairs from A to Z
    Everyone knows someone whose life has been touched by an affair. One researcher reports that 60 percent of marriages are affected by extramarital affairs. Although few of us choose to think about these sobering ...
  • Single and Dating. . . Again!
    In the immortal words of Neil Sedaka, "breaking up is hard to do." But it isn't the hardest thing to do. Finding yourself newly single after an extended romantic relationship and facing that awful question ...
  • Reaching Out to Our Les-Bi-Gay Teens and Young Adults
    The vast majority of mental health professionals, backed by nearly 40 years of research, have come to believe that it is possible to develop a happy and productive life in the context of a lesbian, ...
  • Helping Teens To Become Sexually Responsible Adults
    Let's face it: Children today are exposed to and have more access to adult sexual information and images than at any other time in history. Sex pervades contemporary culture, and is evident in everything from ...
  • An Overview of Sex Addiction
    It is well known among people in the 12-step programs that of all the addictions, sex is the most difficult to master. Far from the notion that sex addiction is the “fun” one, the ...
  • Treatment for Sexual Addiction
    If you are seeking help for sex addiction, there are a number of treatment programs available. The best-known programs in the United States include Sierra Tucson in Arizona, Tulane University's program in New Orleans and ...
  • Self Quiz: Am I Addicted to Sex?
    Answering "yes" to any of the questions below indicates that you might have a problem with sex addiction. The questions are adapted from "Don't Call It Love: Recovery From Sexual Addiction" by P.J. Carnes (1991). ...
  • Is Someone I Know Addicted to Sex?
    Sometimes, it's difficult to know whether someone close to you has an addiction. The addict might hide the addictive behavior or you might not know the warning signs or symptoms. The following behaviors are characteristic ...
  • Is Sexual Addiction a Recognized Disorder?
    The American Psychiatric Association does not currently recognize sex addiction as a mental illness. Therefore, no official diagnostic criteria exist for sex addiction. The APA does, however, have classifications that are helpful for understanding sexual ...
  • If You Think You Have a Problem with Sexual Addiction
    You might find that seeking help for sex addiction is difficult because your addicted brain wants sexual stimulation and pleasure in much the same way a cocaine addict wants cocaine. Addiction tricks your brain into ...
  • Symptoms of Sexual Addiction
    While there is no official diagnosis for sex addiction, clinicians and researchers have attempted to define the disorder using criteria based on chemical dependency literature. They include: Frequently engaging in more sex and with more ...
  • Understanding More about Sexual Addiction
    In a culture obsessed with sex, it might seem surprising that we don't hear more about sex addiction. While there is plenty of information for people addicted to alcohol, drugs and gambling, those addicted to ...
  • What Is Sexual Addiction?
    Sexual addiction is best described as a progressive intimacy disorder characterized by compulsive sexual thoughts and acts. Like all addictions, its negative impact on the addict and on family members increases as the disorder progresses. ...
  • What Causes Sexual Addiction?
    Why some people, and not others, develop an addiction to sex is poorly understood. Possibly some biochemical abnormality or other brain changes increase risk. The fact that antidepressants and other psychotropic medications have proven effective ...
  • Parents Can Help Teens Reduce Sexual Risk-Taking
    Many teens experiment with sex. You may want to believe this is not the case for your teen; some parents (and you know who you are!) need to believe that their teen is holding off ...
  • How Are Heterosexual Men Reached in HIV Prevention?
    Are heterosexual men reached? Yes and no. Many prevention programs in the U.S. have addressed the drug-using risks of heterosexual men, but few have addressed their sexual behavior risks. In the U.S., women have been ...
  • A Parent’s Guide To Protecting Kids with Intellectual Disabilities from Sexual Abuse
    It’s a parent’s worst nightmare. Depending on the study, it is estimated that from 60 to 90 percent of women with an intellectual disability will be sexually exploited or abused in the course of their ...
  • The Birds and the Bees: Talking to Young Teens About Sex
    "Birds do it, Bees do it, Even educated fleas do it. Let's do it, Let's fall in love." -Cole Porter So. How did you learn about sex? My husband tells about coming home from school one day to find a book ...
  • Facts About Sexual Orientation
    In a national random survey on the prevalence of same-sex sexual behavior in the United States, 10% of adult men and 9% of adult women report at least one of the following: (a) currently attracted ...
  • All About Sexual Orientation
    Few areas of psychology have been as controversial as the study of sexual orientation. What percentage of people are gay, and what is the most appropriate criterion for terming someone gay? Why are some men ...
  • Modern Love: Ways Women Can be More Assertive
    It's not long ago that men were expected to do all the chasing and make all the decisions when it comes to dating. But how much has this changed in the 21st century? A survey by ...
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