08 June, 2009

Emotional intelligence leads to better sex

Women with higher levels of emotional intelligence appear to experience greater sexual satisfaction, according to research.

The study, conducted by the Twin Research Department at King’s College London, suggests that greater emotional intelligence (the ability to monitor and manage feelings and emotions in one’s self and others) is linked to higher numbers of orgasms.

The findings suggest that low emotional intelligence is a risk factor for female orgasmic disorder, one of the most common sexual problems suffered by women - where up to 30 percent of women find it difficult or impossible to reach a climax during sex.

The study, published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, involved a total of 2,035 female twins from the TwinsUK registry, ranging in age from 18 to 83.

Professor Tim Spector, director of the Twin Research Department, said:

These findings show that emotional intelligence is an advantage in many aspects of your life including the bedroom. This study will help enormously in the development of behavioural and cognitive therapies to improve women’s sexual lives.

The TwinsUK registry consists of adult twins who have agreed to take part in studies to investigate the causes of common disorders - using twins makes it possible to disentangle genetic and environmental risk factors.

All participants completed questionnaires giving details of their sexual behaviour and performance and also answered questions designed to test their emotional intelligence.

A significant association was found between emotional intelligence and frequency of orgasm both during masturbation and sexual intercourse.

Women in the bottom 25 percent of the emotional intelligence range had twice the normal risk of infrequent orgasm. Read more >>

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