Thursday, January 11, 2007

Sex and Stress

"Forget learning lines or polishing jokes - having sex may be the best way to prepare for giving a speech. New Scientist magazine reports that Stuart Brody, a psychologist at the University of Paisley, found having sex can help keep stress at bay." [BBC News via James Governor]

I have often noticed that politicians have busy sex lives. There are many possible explanations for this, including the attractions and opportunities of power and of living apart from their spouses. There are people (rival politicians and journalists) who are happy to expose any embarrassing activities or unsuitable relationships. There may even be people who deliberately lure politicians and other powerful people into compromising situations.

See earlier posts Achilles Heel (Jan 2006), Identity Theft (Jan 2006), Mr Prescott Regrets (April 2006), Mr Prescott Remains (May 2006).

But Brody's research suggests that the causal link may be the other way around. If the people with the busiest sex lives are the best public speakers, then highly sexed people have an advantage at the hustings, as long as they don't obviously offend against public morality. After all, Jimmy Carter's interview with Playboy magazine (in which he admitted to lusting after other women, committing adultery in his heart) did not stop his becoming president.

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