Remember the courting process? A young man would show up on the porch of the home of the young girl, asking her father if they could sit on the porch swing under his watchful eye. The dating scene differs greatly today, but a new trend is emerging that is cutting out tradition in favor of going straight to the physical. (more…)
Online romance happens all the time, and sometimes it ends in a storybook marriage. However, it’s just as likely to end in “catfish.” Before you convince yourself that you have met the person of your dreams or that your partner is going to leave you for someone online, you might want to consider “catfish.” (more…)
Following up from our last discussion on intimacy disorders with renowned expert Robert Weiss, we ask about the forces potentially impacting intimacy disorders today, including technology and a prevalent “hook-up culture” among Gen Y women and men. As Robert explains, technology has lifted many of the barriers to intimacy disorders, particularly for men, and that women are increasingly able to compartmentalize or forestall their intimate needs while they focus on other aspects of their life.
Intimacy disorders have been on the rise, particularly as a result of
technology and dating in the digital age. Vixely recently spoke with
Robert as part of a three-part series to learn more about intimacy
disorders, understand the symptoms in women versus men and to help women
form and maintain healthy relationships throughout their lives.
A person’s repeated desire to have sex with someone they don’t know reflects more than risky behavior – it could reflect a long held sexual addiction, an addiction which is progressive in nature and requires professional help for recovery.
While it is often portrayed in ads or movies as raw passion, repeated acts of sex between two people who don’t even know each other may be a symptom of a serious and complex condition, especially when a person continues the behavior despite risks or maintains obsessive thought patterns about it. (more…)
While some college-aged students may boast about sex with several partners, many of their peers don’t think the behavior is respectable or worthy of bragging.A study reported on at the American Sociological Association meeting revealed that about 50 percent of college or university students don’t have as high a level of respect for peers who have sex with multiple people. (more…)
For a person living with seduction addiction, much like sex addiction, the pursuit of intimacy is out. Instead, the endorphins and excitement from getting someone to fall for them, and knowing someone is attracted to them, is definitely in. Once that high passes, the person is on to the next new attraction, and likely never stopping to consider the factors involved or the destructive nature of having seduction addiction.
The similarities between seduction addiction and sexual addiction are numerous, and addiction experts and mental health professionals are examining these complex conditions more closely. People living with the addiction may not know the name for their condition, but they can describe similar symptoms: (more…)
Two separate studies were recently completed on the effects of childhood trauma and how it can affect intimate relationships later on in life. Childhood emotional maltreatment, or CEM, includes physical and sexual abuse, neglect and emotional mistreatment.
Studies suggest that a rough childhood can affect romantic relationships in destructive ways later on in life. Researchers found that that study participants had extremely strong tendencies toward self-criticisms which interfered with their relationships and basically derailed them. (more…)
Healthy relationships need two things: respect and intimacy. Without these key components, any relationship is bound for trouble. A recent study showed that perfectionism starts a viscous cycle involving depression and turmoil in intimate relationships. (more…)
Gender stereotypes breed all kinds of misconceptions, including the belief that good girls don’t cheat. No one is surprised when a man, particularly one who is good-looking and successful, strays in their relationship. But come to find out a woman is unfaithful and the shock and dismay are palpable.
In the past 20 years, women have been catching up to men in their extramarital escapades. Research by a psychologist at Manchester Metropolitan University found that 20 percent of men were having an affair compared to around 15 percent of women. Of course, any attempt at putting science behind cheating relies on self-reporting, which means these numbers are likely much higher for both genders. Some polls suggest that as many as 50 percent of married women have cheated.
What is driving more women into the arms of other men? (more…)