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Relationship Security = Better Sex

06/21/2011 11:02 am ET | Updated Aug 21, 2011

Being secure has never meant so much to the quality of your relationship. According to researchers at the University of the Basque Country in Spain, people who feel secure in their romantic relationship have a more satisfactory sex life than those who are insecure with their partner. Being secure also means having a greater ability to be more attuned with the affection one doles out.

Such findings are based on a sample of 211 long-term couples, ages 20 - 65, who answered questions regarding sexual satisfaction, sexual behavior and care, and their level of conflict in their erotic desire. Participants were divided into two big groups depending on their affective model -- insecure versus secure -- with the former group then categorized as having either an anxious or ambivalent attachment style.

As expected, insecure individuals faired far worse in their relationships than secure people in being less happy and experiencing more conflict in their sexual desire. People described as anxious-ambivalent were more compulsive in their care for their lovers, while those described as avoidant were more controlling and experienced more conflict in their sexual desire.

So what could this mean for your relationship? If you're the anxious type, then it's likelier that you're clinging onto your partner, as well as compulsively caring for your sweetie. If you're the avoidant type, then it's more probable that you're evading the relationship, never truly allowing yourself to own the union. Hence, you're probably experiencing more intimacy problems. And if one of you is anxious and the other is avoidant, then you probably already know well that this disastrous combination is likeliest to end up on the ropes; such couples often end up needing to go to counseling.

In resolving such issues, researchers recommend that each person actively support the other emotionally, e.g., when one is feeling down. Lovers also need to recognize their own need for support and ask for such whenever they feel anxious. The ability to put yourself in what they call a 'position of dependency' allows for a better state of being, ultimately making for a healthier, more secure relationship. And that can make for a better sex life!