Improve Your Sexual Communication Skills

Your ability to talk honestly and openly is key to having a passionate sex life, says Dr. Patricia Love. The skills can be learned and improved, greatly enhancing your sexual satisfaction. Here’s a new program that can give you a boost in this area.

Jennifer Gill Rosier is a doctoral student at Purdue University (my alma mater) and the author of For her doctoral dissertation, she will be testing the effectiveness of a research-based sexual communication training program that she has developed over the last three years. She is currently looking for participants. Below is a brief explanation of the study. You are invited to participate in this FREE trial sexual communication training program—but both partners need to participate. It’s done confidentially through online surveys.

If you find it difficult to talk about sex with your partner, you’re not alone. In fact, research has shown that many Americans have a difficult time talking to their partners about their sex life. Some people fear being embarrassed or embarrassing their partners, while others are scared of being rejected or ruining their relationships. Still others just don’t know how to start the conversation, so they never try. Let’s be real, talking about sex is a very sensitive topic for most individuals. All of these fears are completely natural and expected.

These fears can partly be caused by the minimal focus our society places on communication about sex with your partner. The discussion of sexual desires is not prevalent in our everyday conversations, which leads to us having fewer examples of competent and incompetent messages to model or avoid. If you have minimal practice discussing your sexual likes and dislikes to a partner, you may feel less confident in your abilities.

Contrary to popular belief, understanding how to communicate about sex is not intuitive knowledge, says Rosier. Instead, being able to discuss sexual desires and issues with a partner is a skill that couples can cultivate through communication skill training.

Research-based communication skill training programs, like the one being offered here at no cost, have been shown to significantly enhance the communication skills of individuals and couples alike. The program being offered here was carefully developed by relationship researchers so that your chances of experiencing improved sexual communication skills at the close of the program are greatly increased.

You can participate in the comfort and privacy of your own home. This trial training program is part of a study being conducted at Purdue University about sexual coaching skills. The purpose of this research is to evaluate a communication training program that aims to improve your sexual coaching skills. The study will also examine whether improvements in these skills increase both your and your partner’s sexual satisfaction and relationship satisfaction. The communication training activities that you will participate in during this study focus on enhancing your ability to talk about sex with your partner but do not ask you to engage in any specific sexual activities.

For more information about this opportunity, including information about how to participate, go to and read all about the program.

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