As far as I know, psychologists have speculated for a long time about the long-term effects of abstinence from sex and of sexual frustration. Some of them, including Wilhelm Reich (I think), have claimed that such abstinence has negative impacts. I wonder how the apparent happiness of Buddhist monks can be explained by such theories. Of course, one may question if they are really happy. But it is often said by observers that monks are cheerful people (see, for example, Professor Richard Davidson's descriptions). And Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, claimed that his teachings aimed liberation from suffering. In his view, suffering is caused by craving and attachment.

At least since the 20th century, western psychologists have shown interest in Buddhism. One can here name like Erich Fromm and Carl Jung, among others, as psychologists who have written positively about Buddhism.

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    $\begingroup$ Buddhism or not, I thought that there is no negative effect on sexual abstinence? $\endgroup$ – Ooker Sep 22 '19 at 4:13
  • $\begingroup$ It all depends on the individual of course, but as @Ooker points out, there can be no negative effect on sexual abstinence. Individual determinants can include spiritual beliefs along with others $\endgroup$ – Chris Rogers Sep 22 '19 at 11:58
  • $\begingroup$ don't mean to single out, but looking at the Christian church I doubt it has very good outcomes. I personally don't think it is in the pay-grade of the rational brain to entirely suppress all sexual desire. Beyond this thin veneer of pseudo sophistication, we're all at the end of the day, animals. Whether we like it or not. I don't think its a good idea to try to restrict the deepest and most hard wired biological urges in an animal and then expect happy outcomes. $\endgroup$ – DMin Feb 8 at 17:27

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