February 2014 – DrZhana

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  • What a Difference a Book Makes

    Almost 10 years ago, back in my hometown of Skopje, an overly ambitious psychology undergraduate embarked on an honors thesis that required way more work than an honors thesis should ever require. I interviewed a few dozen Macedonian gays, lesbians, and bisexuals about their coming-out process and decided to do one of the few (only?) qualitative research theses at the Institute of Psychology at the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius. While researching  the topic of sexual orientation, I read every academic article I could possibly access online without paying the exorbitant prices journals charge for articles (our University library

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  • I’m speaking at CatalystCon East!

    During my academic career, I have been to and presented my work at many academic conferences, where scholars present their research to other scholars in a very scholarly way. This year, I will be going to my first non-academic sex conference, where non-academics (and some academics) present all sorts of sex-related knowledge to mostly non-academics in a less scholarly, more interactive and engaging sort of way. As described by founder/Creator Dee Dennis, CatalystCon is a “melting pot of sexuality that will unite sex educators, sexologists, sex workers, writers, activists, those in the adult industry and anyone with a passion for

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  • Working from Home: Can There Be Too Much Freedom?

    I love working from home, not having a set schedule, or a boss. I really do. I love the flexibility it offers, the casualness of my day, the ability to wake up and go to sleep whenever I want, to stay in my pajamas all day, to get lunch or coffee with whomever I want whenever I want. I love the freedom to work in my home office, a coffee shop, a library, or even from bed. But that can sometimes get isolating. Especially during a winter like this when it’s either too cold or too wet outside to motivate

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What #personality traits predict interest in #consensualnonmonogamy (#CNM)? A new study with a sample of about 100 #LGB people (67% women; 55% in a #monogamous #relationship) identifies two #bigfive factors in particular: openness to experience (appreciation for variety of experience), and #conscientiousness (tendency for self-discipline). Specifically, openness to experience predicts positive attitudes and greater desire to engage in CNM; conscientiousness predicts negative attitudes and less willingness. The takeaway? The practice of #nonmonogamy is common among #bisexual, #lesbian, and #gay individuals, and can be partly explained by personality antecedents.
#relationshipresearch #legitsexscience #sexscience #sexresearch #sexsciencenews
Link to study: ow.ly/IUBr30fSrz7
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