For thousands of years, sexual abstinence (and the resulting frustration) has been thought to boost performance and aggression. Both Muhammed Ali and Mike Tyson supposedly swore off sex in the weeks leading up to fights. And there’s that infamous scene in Rocky when Mick tells Rock to “lay off that pet shop dame” because “women weaken legs”.
For years, over a decade, I found myself in an on-again, off-again situationship. In the off times, I’d always evaluate the relationship and ask myself ‘How did we end up speaking again?’ To the young, naive mind, it seemed like his tactics were so slick and smooth that they were hard to decipher.
It’s easy to get caught up in a discussion about someone else’s relationship. Celebrity gossip aside, even digesting the latest juicy infidelity details or relationship problems concerning people in your inner circle may seem like a harmless pass time, but it can actually effect your own perceptions of romance, psychologists claim.