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How to Have Good Sex, According to a Neuroscientist

How to Have Good Sex, According to a Neuroscientist

Look anywhere in the media or on the streets of any major city (or suburb or small town, for that matter) and we appear to be wholly focused on pleasure. Invitations to enjoy sex, food, sports, spas, exotic vacations, romantic escapes, and game-ified apps abound, all...

Why Good Sex Matters for Older Adults

I started by interviewing Ashton Applewhite, author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism about some of the more pernicious myths and misconceptions about our sexuality as we mature. Background: Ashton is an old friend up to new tricks. When I met her 20...

How to Use a Vibrator, According to a Neuroscientist

How to use a vibrator is one of the questions I get most often—and most bashfully—in my work as a sex therapist. I began my career as a psychotherapist, becoming a sex therapist and certified relationship expert when I realized that so many of my clients came to me...

Healthy hedonism heals!

Healthy hedonism heals!

The importance of pleasure. The more I see clients, the more evident it has become that the inability to experience pleasure--known as anhedonia--lies at the root of anxiety, stress, depression, and sexual problems.  Let's get busy with cultivating healthy...

Understanding your emotional operating systems

Understanding your emotional operating systems

I believe that having a deeper understanding of our wired-in emotional operating systems frees us to be better regulators of them. As I have heard it said, we always know what's on our mind, but we don't always know what mind we are in. Affective neuroscience gives us...

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