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Episode 38: Sex Dreams And What They Mean

Sex and Psychology Podcast
This episode may contain explicit content.
Where do our dreams come from? And what, if anything, do they actually mean? As someone who is a very vivid dreamer every single night, I have always been curious to learn more about the psychology of dreaming (including our sex dreams), so I invited a dream expert onto the podcast to explore what the science actually says. For this episode, I interviewed Dr. Dylan Selterman, a senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland. He is a social and personality psychologist who has published several studies on the topic of dreaming. Some of the topics we explore include: Why do we dream in the first place? Does dreaming serve a purpose? How many times per night do we dream, and what are the most common dream themes? How often do people dream about sex, and why do some people dream about it more than others? Do sexual and romantic dreams reflect our waking experiences? How do dreams influence behavior in waking life, including how we feel about our partners? What do we know about lucid dreams (dreams where you recognize that you’re in a dream)? What do our dreams mean? And is there any value in analyzing them? To learn more about Dylan, follow him on Twitter at @seltermosby and check out his Psychology Today blog titled The Resistance Hypothesis. Follow Dr. Lehmiller on Twitter @JustinLehmiller or Instagram @JustinJLehmiller. To stay up-to-date on the latest sex research and tips, check out

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