In our society, sexuality is often looked at with a negative bias. For example, adolescents are warned about the dangers of sexuality (e.g., sexually transmitted disease, unwanted pregnancy). Rather little is said about the potential positive aspects of sexual interactions, such as the fostering of love, or the enjoyment of touch and intimacy with another human being.
Positive sexuality stresses the positive aspects of this life domain and encourages a constructive discussion around issues such as consent, expression of needs, and intimacy in love relationships. It investigates the role of sexuality for well-being and how a harmonious type of sexuality can be fostered, for example in order to strengthen committed long-term relationships. It encourages self-acceptance when it comes to one’s own sexual preferences and expressions.
My collaegues and I are preparing to conduct research about positive sexuality including the development of a scientifically validated questionnaire to measure sexual fulfillment. More information will follow soon.