Empathy, Self-Esteem, and Autonomy Linked with Sexual Enjoyment

Sexual pleasure among young adults (ages 18-26) is linked to healthy psychological and social development.

Among the young women, measures of self-esteem, autonomy, and empathy are positively associated with the three types of sexual pleasure. “These three developmental assets may enable young women, as well as young men, to experience higher levels of sexual pleasure,” said Galinsky.

Sexual enjoyment in the three areas is consistently associated only with empathy for the young men. “Our hypothesis is that empathetic individuals are more responsive to a partner’s needs, and thus initiate a positive feedback cycle,”

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