People fantasize about a lot of things: a no-expenses-barred vacation in Bora Bora, finally getting promoted to the corner office, one full day where no one wants or needs a single thing from you... And fantasizing about those things are fun, because you just might get them one day. But you shouldn't take your sexual fantasies so literally.

As intense as sexual fantasies may be, "we may not actually want to do them," says Cyndi Darnell, a clinical sexologist based in New York City. "Instead, these fantasies can offer a portal into aspects of our non-sexual emotions that we're trying to reconcile in our day-to-day lives."

And, sometimes, those fantasies can be a little troubling—like, say, fantasizing about having sex with someone besides your partner. But imagining being naked with a stranger doesn't necessarily mean you're looking to cheat or in you're in the throes of an emotional affair. "What makes a fantasy powerful is the fact that it is just that: a fantasy!" says Darnell. "Its purpose is to help you process things, and is not a reflection of any latent erotic desire."

Confused about what your sexual fantasies might mean? These are a few of the most common ones.

Read the full story here: 8 of the Most Common Sexual Fantasies


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