Sex tips that will make your relationship stronger

The INSIDER Summary:

  • A sexologist shared sex tips that can help couples reach a deeper understanding of each other, and thus strengthen their relationship.
  • Developing “erotic intelligence” is important. It’s the combination of knowledge of sex and pleasure with emotional intelligence.
  • She also says foreplay should be all-encompassing.

As a former advice columnist at the Museum of Sex and the founder of theCenter for Erotic Intelligence who made the internal structure of the clitoris famous, sexologist Mal Harrison is undoubtedly capable of giving great sex advice. Yet it’s precisely because of these qualifications that she’s hesitant to make sweeping statements.

“I tend to find tips, tricks, and hot ideas to be somewhat problematic,” she said. “Obviously, we all want to learn as much as possible and we want tips, but knowing who we are and having a really deep understanding of ourselves and the willingness to expand and evolve ourselves, in our own pleasure and in every aspect of life, is what cultivates that intelligence.”

At Cycles + Sex in New York City, INSIDER asked Harrison for sex tips that can help couples reach this deeper understanding in their relationships. Here’s what she recommends.

Develop “erotic intelligence”

Harrison defines “eroticism” as “the interplay of desire and arousal with the daily challenges of loving and living.” “Erotic intelligence” combines knowledge of sexuality and pleasure with social and emotional intelligence to cultivate deeper relationships.

“How do we deal with rejection, how do we deal with shame, how do we deal with things when they don’t go as expected or as planned — those are the ingredients that are really required to explore sexuality,” she said.

Rethink “foreplay”

Harrison is not a fan of the word “foreplay” because it insinuates some kind of necessary step or chore before sex instead of a constant undercurrent of eroticism between partners.

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