5 Ways to Improve Sex and Relationships | The Knowledge Project 140
This episode of The Knowledge Project Podcast brings together key insights from five different episodes, all centered around the theme of sex and relationships.
It explores the dynamics of attraction, the importance of early conversations in a relationship, the concept of ‘bids’ for connection, and the role of sex in relationships, among other topics.
People who’ve experienced safe connection with a parent have a big advantage and research says that they’re more likely to have friends in high school, they’re more likely to have better be better friends themselves and they’re more likely to be empathic with any person they’re dating. – Dr. Sue Johnson
Recognizing Relational Drama
People who have close relationships are better able to tune into the relational drama that is going on in a relationship.
They are more aware of the emotional level of the relationship and are better able to respond to it.
This contrasts with those who are more task-oriented and see relationships as a series of tasks or deals to be made.
In a good relationship, you can recognize what’s happened and you can tune in and you can repair it. Emotional responsiveness is the basis of a secure bond. – Dr. Sue Johnson
Handling Disappointments and Conflicts
Disappointments and conflicts are a natural part of any relationship.
The key is to recognize when they have occurred and to repair them.
Emotional responsiveness is identified as the basis of a secure bond in a relationship.
Early Conversations in Relationships
The types of conversations that new couples should have and how these conversations evolve over the course of a relationship are crucial.
The difficult conversations that couples have later in their relationship are often present from the very beginning.
Role of Sex in Relationships
The role of sex in a relationship varies greatly between individuals and couples, and changes over time.
In the early stages of a relationship, sex is often used to repair any potential damage to the bond.
However, as the relationship progresses, sex can often drop in priority due to other life responsibilities.
Sleep and Sexual Frequency
Sleep has a significant impact on sexual frequency and quality.
An extra hour of sleep can increase the chances of having sex the next night by 10%.
However, the frequency of sex is not a predictor of sexual satisfaction as it varies greatly among individuals.
Expanding the Definition of Sex
The common definition of sex, which typically involves the genitals, penetration, and orgasm, can be expanded to include a broader range of intimate activities.
This ‘sexual menu’ can be diversified to keep the relationship exciting and satisfying.
Alternative Models of Sex
Alternative models of sex start with willingness and end with pleasure or satisfaction.
Satisfaction can be emotional as well as physical, and it’s not necessary for both partners to achieve orgasm or even arousal every time they engage in sexual activity.
Initiation of Sex
While men may typically initiate sex more often due to higher levels of testosterone, the initiator can vary greatly depending on the individuals and their relationship dynamics.
Initiation is more socially constructed than biologically determined.