The Psychology of Sex (The Psychology of Everything)

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The Psychology of Sex plugs the gap between conventional wisdom about sex and what we know about sex and sexuality from academic theories and research in this area. It draws on psychology in its broadest sense, arguing that for a complete understanding of sex we need to study the history of human sexual behaviour, and the social context in which it happens, as well as researching individual human experience and the way the body and brain work. The book teases out the ways in which psychology and sexology have influenced our understandings of sex, as well as exploring how current academic work can helpfully inform our thinking about sex.

The book draws the reader in by taking as a starting point for each section some of the main misunderstandings that people commonly have about sex: misunderstandings that psychology and sexology have often perpetuated or reinforced in the past. Each chapter explores two of these misunderstandings, how they are commonly put across, the impact that this has, why it is useful to question them, and what we can learn from the wider psychological evidence on these topics.

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Dr. Meg John Barker is a public engagement academic at the Open University specialising in sex and relationships. They are one of the co-editors of the major journal in this field, Psychology & Sexuality (Taylor and Francis). They are also an internationally recognised researcher in the area, having published numerous academic books and papers on related topics including bisexuality, non-monogamy, sadomasochism, sex advice, sex therapy, and psychotherapeutic practice across gender and sexually diversity. They recently published the Palgrave Handbook of the Psychology of Sexuality and Gender (Palgrave, 2015, with Christina Richards).

Meg John’s focus is on public engagement and they have now written several books for the general public including Rewriting the Rules (Routledge, 2013), The Secrets of Enduring Love (Penguin RandomHouse, forthcoming 2016, with Jacqui Gabb), Introducing Queer Theory (Icon Books, forthcoming 2016), and Sex: A Practical Guide (Icon Books, forthcoming 2017, with Justin Hancock). Meg John also regularly speaks on these topics in the media, including a popular TED talk and being featured in the Independent on Sunday Rainbow List. They are a popular invited speaker, and are also involved in running many public events on sexuality and relationships themselves, including Sense about Sex, Critical Sexology and Gender & Sexuality Talks. They regularly blog about sex and relationships on

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