Justin J. Lehmiller is a researcher in social psychology, primarily studying sexuality and human interactions. He created a blog in 2011 to popularize scientific research around sexuality. In 2020, he started the weekly podcast Sex & Psychology where he interviews researchers in this field. The topics covered are numerous: how a couple can improve their communication around sexuality, how sending sexual messages can teach us more about ourselves, why loss of desire is very common in long-term relationships, how sex and disability are perceived in other cultures, what does the word “compersion” mean and is it possible to feel both compersion and jealousy, what does the term “normal” mean when talking about sex and why it is important to redefine it, etc.
He also wrote Tell me what you want, a book on fantasies based on a study of over 4,000 Americans.
I discovered this podcast at a key moment: I had read / seen / listened to dozens of resources on human sexuality and I must admit that I was starting to go in circles… Until I listened to the first episodes of this podcast. I feel like I’m witnessing first hand the progress of scientific research on sex. And inevitably, listening to some of the interviews, I felt like going further and buying the books written by these researchers.
And the interviews are well conducted: one feels that Justin J. Lehmiller has prepared questions on the subjects where the person is the most competent. It’s a pleasure!
The podcast really fills a need to bridge the gap between scientific research and the general public in the field of sexuality. And it’s fascinating! Iris