In a classic 1970 psychology experiment, Stanford researchers offered children a marshmallow treat, but said the kids could have two marshmallows if they waited 15 minutes to eat them. Follow-up studies showed the tykes who were willing to delay their gratification ended up as more successful adults, with higher SAT scores, incomes, and more.
Those patient kids-turned-adults will probably love “edging”—a.k.a., the stop-and-start method: Alone or with a partner, you work yourself up to the very precipice of orgasm… and then you stop.
After you’ve calmed down a bit, you resume sex or masturbation and do it all over again—as many times as you can stand it. It’s the sexual equivalent of the Stanford marshmallow experiment.
What’s the point? “When you finally allow yourself to orgasm, it will feel much more powerful and rewarding,” explains Emily Morse, Ph.D., a nationally recognized sex expert. Edging requires time—and a lot of patience. But there is a payoff at the end, she says.
But not all sex trends are quite so rewarding. Here are four more you may want to try—or not.
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