“Emotional affair” may sound harmless, but it’s actually a precarious situation. Men and women can certainly be friends, but it’s important to know where to draw the line. Without clear demarcation it’s all too easy to slide from friendship to an emotional and sexual affair. (more…)
On the surface, it sounds like a compelling topic for a café conversation: can it be called cheating if there is no physical intimacy? The question gets at some of the most challenging issues for couples: after the teenage dreamy romance stage is over, to grow with someone into a rich and fully realized relationship means confronting this issue. And for some couples, doing so happens too late, after a boundary has been crossed and feelings are terribly – sometimes irrevocably – hurt.
For most, physical intimacy (including sexual intimacy) is a line in the sand not to be crossed. But what if there is no physical contact, yet all the other trappings of an affair are involved? Is that cheating? (more…)
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…)