Beauty may bag you a man – but brains will bring you more fun in the bedroom.
Women blessed with 'emotional intelligence' – the ability to express their feelings and read those of others – have better sex lives, research shows. Those most in touch with their feelings have twice as many orgasms as those who are inhibited. The finding could lead to new ways of counselling the 40 per cent of women who find it difficult or impossible to enjoy sex fully.
More than than 2,000 female twins, aged between 18 and 83, were asked about their sex lives. They were asked to rate their ability to reach orgasm on a seven point scale, ranging from never to always. They also filled in a questionnaire designed to gauge their emotional intelligence and covering traits such as self expression, empathy and contentment.
Those most in touch with their feelings had the most orgasms, the Journal of Sexual Medicine reports.
Lead author, psychologist Andrea Burri, also of King's College, said: 'Emotional intelligence seems to have a direct impact on women's sexual functioning by influencing her ability to communicate her sexual expectations and desires to her partner.'
More than 2,300 women were quizzed about their sex lives for the study, with questions covering the division of time between foreplay and intercourse, and how often the women had an orgasm. Now it is thought that more attention should be given to improve quality and duration of intercourse rather than foreplay.
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