When it comes to sexuality and sexual expression, some of us were raised in traditional families with traditional beliefs and others are much more open and embrace erotic thinking, passionate conversation and want more of that in our lives. Sex, like politics is one of those topics where everyone has an opinion.
Yet unlike politics, what you see is no guarantee of what you’ll get. Many conservative people have non-traditional sex lives (although perhaps with one person over a lifetime) and many liberal people are comfortable with traditional sexual behavior. How someone embraces their sexuality is a matter of personal preference, experience and choice. What can be said across the board is that if a couple isn’t talking about their sex life, it can become dull, boring and stale. Worse, this can happen to couples in happy marriages, who claim to love each other deeply.
Bottom line: love does not equal good sex and deep intimate connections can produce boring sexual encounters. Last weekend I had the privilege (and pleasure) of speaking to one of the country’s top thinkers on sexuality and eroticism, her name is Esther Perel. To say that Esther is a breath of fresh air is an understatement. A New Yorker by experience and a European by birth, Esther has a unique take on the state of our bedrooms today. She isn’t afraid, reticent or bashful about discussing what’s impeding good sexual connections for couples and singles alike. For singles, the topic of good sex is important yet not something every single person takes seriously. Many are having spotty sexual encounters here and there, if they’re having sex at all. From Esther’s perspective, learning how to create an erotic sex life begins when you’re single because early sexual encounters are alive with passion.
Anyone in the therapy or coaching biz can tell you that when someone is unhappy about their sex life, it’s usually because they are looking back and remembering a “better time” often from the beginning of their relationship when lust, passion and heat were easy to come by. Add a few kids to the story, a stressful job or simply life itself, and sexual encounters change. Men and women who are cognizant of the power of passion can create a road-map to return to when passion inevitably wanes later in a relationship. As a married person, this simply wasn’t something we talked about when we were dating, frankly because sex was easy back then. The articles or advice I looked for were on where to meet a good guy, not how to keep one once I had him.
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