What are the clinical implications of a less functional interplay between sexual arousal and disgust? If sexual arousal is low, then perhaps the disgusting properties of relevant stimuli for pleasurable sex, and the hesitation to approach these stimuli, are not suppressed. This can give rise to sexual problems.
Sexual stimuli are among the strongest elicitors of disgust. So how do people succeed in having pleasurable sex? We tested the idea that perhaps sexual arousal can temporarily reduce the aversive properties of otherwise disgusting stimuli, thereby lowering the threshold for engaging in ‘‘disgusting sex.’’
Detached from its original adaptive function, disgust can be experienced in response to one’s body fat and other bodily aspects. Facilitated by a prevailing objectification of female bodies in today’s society, the experience of disgust towards one’s own body may help to understand why body image disturbances are so persistent.
Last week, Mindwise turned 1 and we are celebrating! In the past twelve months, we’ve shared 74 posts by almost 50 different authors (many of them students), and numerous events and news items. We’ve grown from just having a few dozen readers in the first month, to more than 1,100 readers every month and […]
Having worked in Groningen for nearly five years, as far as I know this is the first year the Heymans Institute went all out and invited everyone to leave not only their offices but also the Department buildings, and travel to Het Kasteel, a nearby meeting venue, for an afternoon of psychology pleasures. There were promises of engaging talks, enthusiastic poster presentations, and excellent prize-winning articles. In full support of the three Ph.D. students who organized the event, I attended the afternoon and left excited.