Lust: What We Know about Human Sexual Desire by Pamela C. Regan

By Pamela C. Regan

Accessibly written, this interdisciplinary publication stories concept and examine at the features of sexual wish, the person actual and psychological components that effect the event of sexual wish (hormones, age, gender, ideals, mood), some of the accomplice features that incite sexual wish (attractiveness) and the organization among sexual wish and interpersonal, relational occasions and studies (romantic love). The booklet concludes with an exam of the private, interpersonal and societal implications of sexual wish. all through, the authors draw on findings from their very own physique of study on sexual and romantic charm, in addition to on an intensive evaluate of the appropriate social, behavioural and scientific technological know-how

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That is, Joyce may experience sexual desire and attempt to initiate sexual intercourse with John but be rejected by him on the grounds that he is suffering from a headache. Alternately, Joyce may not experience sexual desire and therefore neither initiate nor engage in sexual intercourse with John. In both cases, sexual intercourse does not occur, and a researcher using this behavioral indicant would conclude that Joyce had not experienced sexual desire, was not interested in sex, or had a low sex drive-although in the first scenario, she did in fact experience sexual desire.

Women experience greater variations in circulating hormone levels during their lifetimes than do most men, and for this reason, women make ideal participants for researchers interested in the relationship between hormones and sexual desire. , and menopause--are reliably associated with rhythms, peaks, or changes in sexual desire. The Menstrual Cycle Most women menstruate and therefore experience rhythmic fluctuations in the primary sex hormones. One complete menstrual cycle generally ranges from 21 to 35 days in length, although the majority of women menstruate at approximately 28-day intervals (for a review of measurement techniques and phases of the menstrual cycle,see Regan, 1996a).

I felt that sleeping with this particular person and sharing an intimate moment with him would be a good way to make him attracted to me and to want to go out with me. I wanted to feel loved. [female, age 20] Having sex is enjoyable and I was attracted to this person. Though on some social level, my friends expect and encourage this kind of behavior. Having sex with someone, especially if she's cute, gives you something to brag about and makes you more popular. It increases your self-confidence.

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