Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Wanting and Having Sex - Primitive Biological Drive or Whole Brain Experience?

Brain diagram. Credit: dwp.gov.uk
Some aspects of brain research are far more interesting than others. Take, for example, the research on the brain's role in sex.

In a very scientific sounding article entitled, "Functional Neuroanatomy of Human Cortex Cerebri in Relation to Wanting Sex and Having It", researcher Janniko Georgiadis of the University of Gronigen, the Netherlands, tells us what we believe about which parts of the brain are predominantly involved with sexual responsiveness "ain't necessarily so".

According to Georgiadis, 

"Neuroanatomical textbooks typically restrict the central nervous system control of sexual responsiveness to the hypothalamus, brainstem and spinal cord."

It turns out, however, that sexuality in humans is far more complex and rich than previously believed. The process related to the sexual pleasure cycle template - wanting sex, having sex, and inhibiting sex - is truly a whole brain affair. Each of the sexual response phases requires shifts between functional cortical networks. These same regions also are involved in instances of sexual dysfunction.

And which region of the brain is involved in all three phases? The cerebral cortex, the outer layer of neural tissue in humans and other mammals. It seems our cerebral cortex can conduct the symphony orchestra of sexual pleasure.

What Does This Mean for Us?

So, what does this mean for us? It means we have more conscious connection to the sexual pleasure cycles than we may have believed. We know from other research that thoughts can create physical changes in the brain. 

Thoughts literally change us physically, emotionally and spiritually. As I often remind my clients, "every thought is a prescription and a prayer. 

Upping Your Inner Game

So we at Stress Solutions recommend you up your Inner Game. Engage your powers of imagination to create special moments of intimacy, first in mind then your physical world. Your thoughts, words, touches, and a sense of spiritual connection with your partner light up your brain and body. 

Remember, optimum sexuality is a whole brain - mind - body - spirit experience. For maximum stress relief, take the podium and direct your orchestra often.

Warm blessings,


Stephen Carter
CEO, Stress Solutions, LLC

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Janniko Georgiado, "Functional Neuroanatomy of Human Cortex Cerebri in Relation to Wanting Sex and Having it". http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ca.22528/epdf

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