Saturday, June 11, 2011

People with Higher Levels of Empathy Enjoy Sex More

Researchers have identified another benefit to working on enhancing empathy skills.

A recent study, published in the June 3rd issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health, found that empathy, self-esteem and autonomy are associated with sexual pleasure among students, aged 18 - 26 though, for men, only empathy was significantly associated with sexual pleasure.

"Sexual health includes sexual well-being, and sexual enjoyment is an important part [of that]," said study researcher Adena Galinsky, of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. "How people interact and their ability to listen to each other and take each other's perspective can really influence the sex that they have."

The study analyzed data from about 3,200 students, ages 18 to 26, who were surveyed between 2001 and 2002 as part of the third wave of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.

The study citation is: Galinsky AM, Sonenstein FL. The association between developmental assets and sexual enjoyment among emerging adults. J Adolescent Health. Jun;48(6):610-5, 2011. Epub 2010 Dec 30.

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