FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS? Sex Researcher and Developmental Psychologist Dr. Zhana Vrangalova geeks out on casual sex’s effect on mental health. Facts are presented, myths are busted and she sets us straight on whether someone must always gets hurt. PLUS BONUS SEX DUNGEON STORY! Sandra drags a vanilla friend to a kinky theme park. Feelings ensue. TOPICS: Casual Fling, Early Warning Signs, Tiny Breakups, Mental Health Factors, Defining it, F*** Buddies, The Romantic Continuum, Commitment, Positive vs Negative Reactions, Emotional Well Being, Authenticity, Safety, Reasoning, Pleasure, Drunk Hook-ups, Bonding Science, Social Stigma, Self Esteem, Doing it Well, College Dating Shifts, Swingers, Jerks, Pleasure Gap Research, Slut Shaming, Women’s Sexual Pleasure, Orientation Influences on Hook Ups, and SO MUCH DATA.
Zhana Vrangalova is a sex researcher who studies how various expressions of sexuality (particularly casual sex, promiscuity, and nonheterosexuality) are related to psychological health and wellbeing.
She holds a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University. She is currently an adjunct instructor at New York University and soon-to-be a post-doc at the National Development and Research Institutes in New York. She tweets daily about the latest sex research studies published in academic journals and blogs bi-weekly about the science of casual sex on Psychology Today.