The Science of Sexual Fantasy: What Do We Want, and What Do Our Fantasies Say About Us? Presenter: Justin Lehmiller, Ph.D. (8 CEs)


Presented Saturday, January 19 by Justin J. Lehmiller, Ph.D.

Almost everyone has sexual fantasies, and those fantasies serve a number of important functions. Despite the vital role they play in our lives, fantasies are all too often a potent source of shame, embarrassment, and anxiety. A big part of the reason for this is that fantasies remain poorly understood. The goal of this training is therefore to offer an in-depth exploration of the science of sexual fantasy. Dr. Justin Lehmiller, a Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute, will synthesize the latest research on this subject and present the key takeaways for sex therapists. Attendees will not just learn about the immense content and variability that exists in our sexual fantasies, but also what we know about where our fantasies come from, how they are connected to our own unique personality profiles and sexual histories, as well as how and why fantasies vary across different demographic groups.


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Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • List the seven most common types of sexual fantasies
  • Explain which paraphiliac fantasies are truly rare and which are not
  • Describe the difference between a sexual fantasy and a sexual desire, as well as how these constructs overlap
  • Describe at least two factors that contribute to fantasy content and variation
  • Explain how our personalities and sexual histories are connected to the content of our sexual fantasies
  • Describe how sexual fantasies vary across different segments of the population (e.g., gender, age, sexual orientation)

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