6 Interesting Things Sex Does to You (Psychological)
How much do you know about sex? Whether you know a lot or not, there are quite a lot of interesting things sex can do to our minds and bodies that you might not know. In this article, we’ll explore six fascinating ways in which sex can affect your mind and body. Let’s dive in!
1. Sex may help increase your cognitive capacity
According to a study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, simply thinking about a sexual encounter may enhance analytical thinking. The study suggests that when in love, people typically focus on a long-term perspective, which enhances holistic thinking. On the other hand, during sexual encounters, individuals focus on the present and concrete details, which enhances analytic thinking. These different cognitive styles can be automatically activated when experiencing love or engaging in sex, leading to changes in processing modes.
Furthermore, a 2010 study conducted with rats and published in PLOS One found that sexually active rodents had more neurons in the hippocampus, a brain region associated with memory and learning. Interestingly, when sexual activity ceased among the rodents, they lost the cognitive benefits they had gained. These findings highlight the potential cognitive advantages of engaging in sexual activity.
2. Sex may boost self-esteem
Did you know that sex can contribute to boosting your self-esteem? Psychologists suggest that engaging in sexual activity can help increase feelings of self-worth and identity. Psychologist Ryan Anderson explains in Psychology Today that the lack of sex can lead to feelings of angst, self-doubt, and inadequacy. On the other hand, there is strong evidence to support the notion that regular sexual activity is associated with greater self-esteem.
Sexual intimacy can foster a sense of connection and affirmation, which positively influences one’s self-perception. Many sex therapists and marriage counselors agree that couples who engage in regular sex with each other tend to have higher levels of self-esteem compared to…