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Notes on the history and current practice of female infidelity
David J. Ley Ph.D. on June 2, 2023
BDSM and kink behaviors can and have resulted in criminal prosecution and conviction, even when the behaviors were completely consensual.
David J. Ley Ph.D. on May 10, 2023
Does animated pornography affect sexual development, or reflect sexual interest in children? Research suggests it more likely reflects existing personal characteristics.
David J. Ley Ph.D. on April 22, 2023
As more laws are passed prohibiting the ownership of child sex dolls, what does research tell us about the owners of these dolls?
David J. Ley Ph.D. on March 20, 2023
Jake Paul recently blamed a boxing loss on having a wet dream the night before. Is this plausible? If not, what's really going on?
David J. Ley Ph.D. on February 23, 2023
New research finds that participating in online masturbation abstinence forums may have a negative effect on emotional and sexual health.
David J. Ley Ph.D. on January 30, 2023
Sex workers don't always share their profession with their therapists out of fear of judgment or shame. This is what therapists can do to better support them.
David J. Ley Ph.D. on December 16, 2022
An Italian psychologist went to jail for using EMDR and suggestive techniques to create false memories of abuse. What role did EMDR play?
David J. Ley Ph.D. on November 22, 2022
Porn accountability and filtering/blocking software have no evidence of effectiveness and may expose users to increased shame and security risks.
David J. Ley Ph.D. on November 3, 2022
Is this person wanting therapy for sexuality issues, or are they pretending, so they can exploit a therapist who is just trying to help?
David J. Ley Ph.D. on October 13, 2022
The concepts of trauma bonding and Stockholm syndrome are extremely inconsistently defined.
David J. Ley Ph.D. on September 30, 2022
Polyvagal Theory is the latest in a long string of psychological fads that are popularized in advance of strong empirical data. Here are the potential benefits and drawbacks of using PVT.
David J. Ley Ph.D. on August 19, 2022
Why did so many women stop menstruating when they were put in concentration camps? And why has it taken so long for someone to ask about it?
David J. Ley Ph.D. on August 13, 2022
In recent news, Trump insider Alex Jones is revealed to have sent nude photos of his wife to political adviser Roger Stone. Why do men share nude images of their female partners?
David J. Ley Ph.D. on July 7, 2022
Therapists can sometimes inadvertently violate confidentiality and ethical boundaries through informal conversations with friends and family.
David J. Ley Ph.D. on June 2, 2022
Becoming a sex therapist involves training and education that can impact a therapist's own personal intimate relationships.
David J. Ley Ph.D. on April 26, 2022
Does watching porn make you less likely to get aroused with a real partner? Research testing couples in a lab finds that porn use actually predicts higher sex arousal.
David J. Ley Ph.D. on April 10, 2022
The exploitation of the term "grooming" has risks.
David J. Ley Ph.D. on March 10, 2022
Many persons with disabilities find that seeing sex work providers is an avenue to access often safe, affirmative, and healthy sexual expression.
David J. Ley Ph.D. on January 20, 2022
As discussion of cuckolding has become more mainstream, we are seeing shifts in how it is practiced. Female and sexual minority voices are being empowered.
David J. Ley Ph.D. on January 17, 2022
Erotic hypnosis may offer ways to embrace suggestibility to erotic arousal and overcome shame and disgust.