The Link Between Casual Sex and Depression
Study Says, Casual Sex Can Cause Depression
November 25, 2013 | Dr. Gregory Popcak | Patheos | Full Article: here
I need to give a hat tip to Elizabeth Scalia for pointing my attention to this piece.
You’ll recall I asserted this exact same thing in my interview with drive time shock jock Tracy Jones on WLW in Cincinnati several months ago. The researchers seem mystified as to why it is that casual sex causes depression and why this is true for both women and men.
The Christians reading this will probably be face-palming right about now because we accept these facts–for the most part anyway (I think the male casual sex/depression link would surprise a lot of my Christian friends infected with the secular culture’s double standard about men)–as biblical truths. But we have to do a better job of explaining why casual sex is wrong beyond just saying “Jesus said, NO!” (as if he was “Grumpy Cat” or something)
As I assert in my book Holy Sex! the brain is wired to view sex as a sign of intimacy and unity. In fact, the brain responds to break-ups the same way it responds to physical pain. When two people make love, their brains begin to think of the other as part of each self. The lovers literally become wired together. When they break-up, the brain responds to the social wound as if the lovers experienced a physical wound; a broken arm or a broken leg. Now imagine intentionally setting yourself up to get physically wounded again and again. You would call that person “mentally ill” right? Well, that’s what casual sex is–setting your brain up to be wounded again and again. And setting oneself up to get hurt again and again–especially in the name of fun–is a depressing thought.
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