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20. The Psychology of Sex, Anxiety, and Flexibility with Bridget Freihart

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Bridget Freihart is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on the role of relationships in sexual and reproductive health, with a specific emphasis on physiological attunement and covariation as a marker of sexual satisfaction. Relatedly, her work also centers on developing rigorous psychometric tools in the field of sexuality.

Bridget is also a therapist, and primarily provides couples therapy, sex therapy, and treatment for anxiety and stress-related disorders. In her free time, Bridget enjoys crafting elaborate cheese plates, singing and playing piano, and talking about the Rolling Stones.


Show Notes:

  • Intro: Arman sets the stage and provides background on Bridget and the psychology of sex. [00:15]
  • What has been your favorite thing about the first 6 months of this year? [4:43]
  • The ability to be okay with uncertainty. [5:24]
  • Exposure therapy and cultivating mindfulness. [7:16]
  • Dealing with fear and engaging with it. [11:54]
  • Avoidance strategies as coping mechanisms and how to overcome them. [20:31]
  • What does a healthy sexual relationship look like? [28:32]
  • Communication and intimacy. [32:34]
  • Reproductive health. [34:08]
  • Passion and purpose in entrepreneurship. [50:13]
  • Entrepreneurial work vs creative work. [55:33]
  • The dangers of dogmatic thinking. [01:04:40]
  • Arman shares a personal story about Burning Man and the insight he garnered from that experience. [01:05:17]
  • Psychological flexibility as a skill. [01:07:38]
  • The nefarious effects of social media. [01:12:10]
  • Being conscious of strategies we use to deal with things we don’t want to face. [01:13:00]
  • Beautiful closing thoughts. [1:15:25]

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