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Understanding Your Sexuality: Going Beyond Gender Identity

Gender identity is a hot topic around the globe with the focus usually centering on transgender issues. Your gender identity, however, is but one component of who you are as a sexual person.

Understanding Your Sexuality: Going Beyond Gender Identity

Gender identity is a hot topic around the globe with the focus usually centering on transgender issues. Your gender identity, however, is but one component of who you are as a sexual person.
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This lesson introduces the course and explains how it revolves around watching the video lectures and completing the interactive activities that are included in each lesson. It explains how to navigate the course to get the most out of it. Attached to Lesson 1 are two PDF Files. One is a copy of Dr. Blonna's book, Sex-ACT; Unleash the Power of Your Sexual Mind with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. The other is a copy of Ch 8, Sensuality and Sexuality, from his Human Sexuality textbook, Healthy Sexuality. These two files provide all of the background content you will need to understand the other five lessons.
This section answers the question, "What is Sex?" While the answer may seem simple and obvious, you'll be surprised at the actual complexity of the question. This lesson focuses on one of the key elements of sex, Sexual Identity.
This section of the course focuses on your biological sex (also referred to as biological gender). It looks at all aspects of your biological sex starting with your XX or XY chromosome pairing. It follows biological sexual development from the moment of conception through, prenatal development, birth, puberty, and finishes with a look at menopause. It presents interesting data on the effects of XX or XY pairing on your brain and body systems during these stages of development.
Your gender identity and gender role are two sides of the same coin. Your gender identity is your internal picture of what it means to be a man, woman, both, or neither. It contains your thoughts, feelings, self-talk, and internal images. Your gender role is your external portrayal of your gender identity and revolves around your behavior. Behavior is a broad term that includes everything from how you dress, speak, and move to your choice of a career, sex partner, and place of residence. For most cases, their gender role is consistent with their gender identity.
This section will focus on your Sexual Orientation (also knows as Sexual Preference) and Sexual Behavior. Your sexual orientation is related to who you desire as a sex partner. Your sexual behavior refers to the specific sexual acts you engage in, the nature of your sexual relationships, and your level of sexual interest and activity.
There are several different models for explaining the sexual response. The one I like has six stages; (1) desire, (2) arousal, (3) plateau, (4) orgasm, (5) resolution, (6) satisfaction/dissatisfaction. Your mind and your body interact in a myriad of ways during these six stages and draw from all of the other components of your sexual identity as your sexual encounter plays out. In the best case scenario, all of the other components of your sexual identity (biological sex, gender identity, etc.) work together to strengthen your acceptance and comfort level allowing your body and mind to relax and work together for a satisfying sexual experience.

Who you are as a sexual person is a combination of six key elements of your sexual identity. In this course we'll examine the six components of your sexual identity; (1) your biological sex, (2) your gender role, (3) your gender identity, (4) your sexual orientation, (5) your sexual behavior, and (6) your sexual response. These six components interact to form your sexual identity, how you see yourself as a sexual person. Understanding and accepting your sexual identity are the two most important factors related to your sexual health and relationship satisfaction.

This course is designed for two key groups:

Adults in committed sexual relationships.

Adults are interested in understanding more about their personal sexuality and their sexual relationships.

This course is highly interactive and revolves around key exercises and activities designed to help you explore the six components of your sexual identity. You are urged to share this information with your partner so you can base your sexual relationship on a foundation of honesty and trust.

If you want to understand and accept your sexual identity and take your sexual relationship with your partner to the next level, you need to take this introductory level course.

Requirements

You should be able to use a computer to download course materials and view video training sessions.

This lesson introduces the course and explains how it revolves around watching the video lectures and completing the interactive activities that are included in each lesson. It explains how to navigate the course to get the most out of it. Attached to Lesson 1 are two PDF Files. One is a copy of Dr. Blonna's book, Sex-ACT; Unleash the Power of Your Sexual Mind with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. The other is a copy of Ch 8, Sensuality and Sexuality, from his Human Sexuality textbook, Healthy Sexuality. These two files provide all of the background content you will need to understand the other five lessons.
This section answers the question, "What is Sex?" While the answer may seem simple and obvious, you'll be surprised at the actual complexity of the question. This lesson focuses on one of the key elements of sex, Sexual Identity.
This section of the course focuses on your biological sex (also referred to as biological gender). It looks at all aspects of your biological sex starting with your XX or XY chromosome pairing. It follows biological sexual development from the moment of conception through, prenatal development, birth, puberty, and finishes with a look at menopause. It presents interesting data on the effects of XX or XY pairing on your brain and body systems during these stages of development.
Your gender identity and gender role are two sides of the same coin. Your gender identity is your internal picture of what it means to be a man, woman, both, or neither. It contains your thoughts, feelings, self-talk, and internal images. Your gender role is your external portrayal of your gender identity and revolves around your behavior. Behavior is a broad term that includes everything from how you dress, speak, and move to your choice of a career, sex partner, and place of residence. For most cases, their gender role is consistent with their gender identity.
This section will focus on your Sexual Orientation (also knows as Sexual Preference) and Sexual Behavior. Your sexual orientation is related to who you desire as a sex partner. Your sexual behavior refers to the specific sexual acts you engage in, the nature of your sexual relationships, and your level of sexual interest and activity.
There are several different models for explaining the sexual response. The one I like has six stages; (1) desire, (2) arousal, (3) plateau, (4) orgasm, (5) resolution, (6) satisfaction/dissatisfaction. Your mind and your body interact in a myriad of ways during these six stages and draw from all of the other components of your sexual identity as your sexual encounter plays out. In the best case scenario, all of the other components of your sexual identity (biological sex, gender identity, etc.) work together to strengthen your acceptance and comfort level allowing your body and mind to relax and work together for a satisfying sexual experience.

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Dr. Rich Blonna

Your Guide to Less Stress and Better Sex
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Dr Rich Blonna is a world-renowned expert in understanding how the mind and body work together to reduce stress and have better sex. He is a retired Professor Emeritus from William Paterson University in NJ. For over 25 years he has devoted himself to helping people just like you stress less and have better sex lives. As a Coach (BCC), Counselor (NCC), and Health Education Specialist (CHES) he uses the best practices from each of these disciplines to help people stress less and have better sex lives.  He is a noted author and trainer in the area of Acceptance and Commitment  (AC) Coaching, an approach that helps people become more psychologically-flexible, reduce their stress,  and get the most out of their relationships. Dr. Rich is also certified in Naikan and Morita, two forms of Japanese psychology that use mindfulness and acceptance to help people shift their focus off  of  unhelpful thoughts, feelings, and actions and onto behaving in ways that reduce their stress and enhance their sexuality and their relationships.

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