Why is Modern Marriage So Hard?

October 6, 2021 by Justin Lehmiller

Is marriage harder now than it was in the past? Are we expecting too much from our spouses today? I recently interviewed Dr. Eli Finkel for the Sex and Psychology Podcast. He is a professor at Northwestern University, with appointments in the psychology department and the Kellogg School of Management. I asked him to discuss...

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Why is Modern Marriage So Hard?
When Disgust Becomes a Sexual Turn-On
When Disgust Becomes a Sexual Turn-On

September 22, 2021 by Justin Lehmiller

“I felt disgusted, but also very satisfied.”  I just heard this line on an NPR podcast that had absolutely nothing to do with sex—but it really got me thinking because...

Kink & BDSM, Psychology
Are Our Brains ‘Wired’ For Monogamy Or Non-Monogamy?
Are Our Brains ‘Wired’ For Monogamy Or Non-Monogamy?

August 11, 2021 by Justin Lehmiller

Why does monogamy work for some people but not for others? Research suggests that it might have something to do with the way our brains are ‘wired.’ Consider a study...

Dating & Relationships, Psychology
The True Story of How I Became a Sex Educator and Researcher
The True Story of How I Became a Sex Educator and Researcher

March 10, 2021 by Justin Lehmiller

Our professional biographies tend to serve as a “highlight reel”—they only say the great things we’ve accomplished and don’t reveal the struggles, challenges, and uncertainties that went into building a...

Psychology
What Scientists Get Wrong About Relationships
What Scientists Get Wrong About Relationships

January 11, 2021 by Justin Lehmiller

I went to graduate school to study the psychology of romantic relationships. Relationships are one of the most significant and consequential things in our lives, with the quality of our...

Dating & Relationships, Psychology
Announcing the Eighth Annual SPSP Sexuality Pre-Conference!
Announcing the Eighth Annual SPSP Sexuality Pre-Conference!

October 5, 2020 by Justin Lehmiller

I am pleased to announce the eighth annual SPSP Sexuality Pre-Conference! It will be held next February prior to the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology....

Psychology
4 Theories on the Psychology of Prejudice
4 Theories on the Psychology of Prejudice

June 8, 2020 by Justin Lehmiller

I have received several questions from readers recently on the psychology of prejudice. Where does it come from? Why are racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of bias so common?...

Psychology
Fighting Inequality and Injustice: Actions Speak Louder Than Words
Fighting Inequality and Injustice: Actions Speak Louder Than Words

June 5, 2020 by Justin Lehmiller

Events over the last several weeks have got me thinking more about what I can do to make a difference when it comes to fighting against entrenched forms of inequality...

Psychology
How Do You Become a Sex Researcher?
How Do You Become a Sex Researcher?

February 21, 2020 by Justin Lehmiller

‘How do I become a sex researcher?’ I get this question a lot from students who want to know what degree they should pursue in order to enter the field....

Psychology
What Does It Mean To Be Sex Positive?
What Does It Mean To Be Sex Positive?

October 9, 2019 by Justin Lehmiller

What does it mean to be sex positive? This is one of those terms that different people define in different ways; however, at the core of most definitions is the...

Psychology
Why I Deleted My Academia.edu Account and Why You Should, Too
Why I Deleted My Academia.edu Account and Why You Should, Too

September 16, 2019 by Justin Lehmiller

The traditional model of academic publishing restricts access to research by putting it in the hands of private companies. As a result, I’ve had to work hard to make my...

Psychology
Study Abroad With Me in Amsterdam for a Course on Sex and Culture
Study Abroad With Me in Amsterdam for a Course on Sex and Culture

September 13, 2019 by Justin Lehmiller

I’m excited to announce a unique study abroad opportunity in conjunction with the Sexual Health Alliance. We are offering a one-week study abroad program in Amsterdam focused on sex and...

Psychology
How Do You “Come Out” as a Sex Therapist, Educator, or Researcher?
How Do You “Come Out” as a Sex Therapist, Educator, or Researcher?

May 29, 2019 by Justin Lehmiller

Whenever someone asks what I do for a living, I have a decision to make: do I “out” myself as a sex scientist, or do I give a generic answer...

Psychology
How You Can Tell Whether a Sex “Expert” Is Legitimate
How You Can Tell Whether a Sex “Expert” Is Legitimate

March 6, 2019 by Justin Lehmiller

Gizmodo recently published an exposé on Daniel Sendler, someone who presented himself as a sex expert to the popular media and succeeded in getting a lot of publicity for himself...

Psychology
So You Want To Be A Science Blogger? Here’s What You Need To Know
So You Want To Be A Science Blogger? Here’s What You Need To Know

November 9, 2018 by Justin Lehmiller

I’ve been running the Sex and Psychology blog for nearly 7 (!) years at this point. When I started, I didn’t know a whole lot about blogging. I gradually picked...

Psychology
4 Things I’ll Miss About Academia—And 4 Things I Won’t
4 Things I’ll Miss About Academia—And 4 Things I Won’t

September 5, 2018 by Justin Lehmiller

I made a major career move this summer. After working ten years as a college professor, I decided it was time for something new: I left academia to become a...

Psychology

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