MASTURBATION AND HAPPINESS I By Stephen Wise.
Masturbation is the act of sexual stimulation of one’s own genitals for sexual arousal or other sexual pleasure, usually to the point of orgasm. The stimulation may involve hands, fingers, sex toys such as vibrator, or a combination of these.
Often times, our cultural background, moral and religious inclinations have made us to totally condemn masturbation as evil and abominable. We reject and immediately pass judgment to those we caught masturbating. It doesn’t take much to convince someone that masturbation has at least one upside: experience one orgasm and most people are likely to want another (and another, and another…). But while pleasure is arguably worth it for its sake, masturbation has a lot more to offer than toe-curling orgasms. Despite a cultural failure to take self-love seriously, it turns out that regularly getting it on solo can be good for our physical and mental health, our relationships, and our overall happiness.
According to some researchers, up to 95 percent of men and 89 to 92 percent of women across the country report having masturbated (i.e., having touched one’s self for sexual pleasure), and 52 percent of women have used a vibrator. But while nearly equal rates of men and women get down with their own selves, it seems men do so much more frequently. Forty-six percent of women report masturbating less than once a month each year, while their male counterparts engage in regular monthly (or more frequent) masturbation sessions at rates nearly three times as high.
A Google search for “psychological effects of masturbation” turns up 10 pages almost exclusively devoted to sources claiming that masturbation is a terrible sin and promising to help masturbators “cure” themselves. While these sources are hardly the only type of masturbation education out there, they represent a more general cultural failure to take seriously masturbation’s role in sexual health.
Historically, masturbation has been stigmatized as being both a sign and a cause of mental health issues. While modern cultural attitudes make masturbation slightly less a taboo, sexologist and sexuality educator Megan Andelloux, often sees history repeating itself. “As children, many people were shamed or chastised when caught masturbating,” says Andelloux. “If they don’t get taught that sexuality and masturbation are common and can be healthy, then they can’t have those conversations with their own children down the line.” "People may also be uncomfortable talking about masturbation because it’s a private, vulnerable activity," says sex therapist and greatist expert, Ian Kerner.
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Cultural discomfort with the topic of masturbation is further exacerbated by some wild myths, among them the (false) ideas that masturbation will stunt growth, cause blindness or deafness, cause stuttering, cause hair to grow on the palms, make a person “promiscuous,” and even kill people (if that were true, the world wouldn’t have a population problem).
In reality, so long as it doesn’t interfere with a person’s relationships or daily life (or cause serious chafing), masturbation is perfectly safe, says Andelloux. More than that—it’s good for us.
A question was asked, "is it normal to masturbate before puberty?" The answer was "Yes," according to Amy@planned Parenthood. Masturbation is a perfectly healthy activity at any age. Babies explore their bodies and learn quickly that touching their sex organs feels good. It’s not at all unusual for young children to masturbate. Often parents will stop them from doing it in front of other people, but many children continue to masturbate on their own. In fact, experts recommend that parents teach children that it’s normal for people to touch their sex organs for pleasure — but that it should be done in private
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