Nice Rack!

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When I think about attraction and courting I laugh and remember family trips to Colorado and watching the Elk mating season in the rocky monitions.  The alpha male is the physically superior but definitely has the biggest rack (horns), The rack needs to symmetrical. If one side is damaged he has trouble attracting mates and usually backs down from the other males.  The Alpha bull can have up to 20 cows and the loser walks away alone. It’s Darwinian breeding live!    Are human females the same?  Do they all want the Alpha Male?  Yes and no….

So for women, like men (and ELK) symmetry has a lot to do with attraction.   Physical prowess is important.  This ensures strong, disease free genes to pass on.   Physical health in mating partners can also mean protection from predators.  Females can’t very well raise young if they are being attacked. Just like in animals human females are attracted sexually to “alpha males” for breeding but after good genes, security is important and in our world that means financial security.  Again you can’t raise off spring properly if you are homeless.  So yes most women prefer men who are financially stable.  Our alpha Male may be the one with the biggest wallet.

In one study attraction was broken down into 3 parts- Proximity – We are most likely to fall in love with someone who we see frequently.     Similarity -We fall for people who we feel share the same level of attractiveness we see in ourselves and share our attitudes, values and interests.   Reciprocity – We fall for people who like us back.  (Bryne, 1971)

So ladies next time you feel that tingle of attraction at whole foods for the hot guy behind you in line, is it just human biology talking?  Or when you see a guy in a nice car is he attractive to you because that means security?  Maybe….  Attraction is complicated but it pales in comparison to what comes next- LOVE!   Stay Tuned

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Author: drmaxmccullen

When Max McCullen first read Alfred Kinsey’s landmark book, Sexual Behavior In the Human Male, he began contemplating why so little is known about human sexuality. Since its publication in 1948 that body of knowledge has grown marginally. Why do we think about sex all the time? How much does sex really influence our behavior? And why do we still know so little about it? He completed undergraduate studies at University of the Pacific and The University of London and then his research led him to the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco. IASHS was founded by Kinsey’s research assistant, Wardell Pomeroy. His initial curiosity soon evolved into a passion, which drove him to acquire his Doctorate of Education in Human Sexuality and Gender Studies. In 2004 Dr. Max began working for GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals (GSK), one of the largest pharmaceutical companies worldwide. This experience contributed to his understanding of medical treatments for male sexual dysfunction. He became familiar with how Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis function on a biological level and their social implications. His expertise naturally transitioned into him working with some of the most prestigious Urology offices in Southern California. These doctors and passionate medical personal, illustrated firsthand the impact treatment of male sexual dysfunction can have on patient care and their overall well being. This experience made him yearn for more direct contact with patients in a clinical setting. So after GSK he worked with Boston Medical Group (BMG), an international, clinic based organization, comprised of board certified Urologists and other specialties. BMG focuses on low libido, erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation and testosterone replacement therapy. With BMG, Dr. Max was not only their spokesperson doing radio interviews and lecturing but worked as the physician liaison connecting patients with doctors for treatment. He also worked as a consultant for University Specialty Urologicals, based in San Diego, meeting with Urologists all over the west coast to train them on various treatments for men and women's sexual health issues, including hormone replacement therapy. During this time he also hosted online webinars for patients with questions; he also has a written and video blog series and does private consultation for patients. Dr. Max McCullen brings a historical knowledge of the human sexuality field together with the reailties of living in a digital age. “The issues that confronted our elders in the 50’s and 60’s are different today - but no more impactful. Where they were learning about their sexuality and beginning to embark into the sexual revolution we are over exposed to the commodification of sex. This makes the navigation of sex and emotional intimacy difficult” Dr. Max McCullen

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