I guess that would depend on the fantasy. What I’ve seen is that the combination of casual sex and internet pornography has made more people believe that their sexual fantasies should become reality. I guess if you are single and find others to help you live out your fantasy, it probably doesn’t cause too much harm. However, relationships still do exist. I believe sexual fantasies can cause problems in relationships when it comes time to actually try to live them out. I’ve had many people tell me that they felt pressured to live out their partner’s sexual fantasy or fear losing them to someone else.
This seems to cause a lot of stress and anxiety for some people. What if you don’t share the same sexual fantasy as your partner? Should you do it anyway to please them? What if they promise they only want to try it once, but then afterwards they beg you to do it again? What if their sexual fantasy involves another partner or multiple partners?
It is a hard call. If you love someone and they are asking something of you that makes you feel really uncomfortable, it becomes hard to decide what to do. Should you be selfless even though you don’t feel you can handle what they are asking of you? Should you stand up for yourself even if that means they may eventually cheat on you or leave you for someone else altogether? Compromise in these kind of situations can be really difficult. Someone is going to have to give something up.
My first instinct is to tell someone not to compromise on their values or morals. If something goes against what you believe, it will cause you mental and emotional stress if you follow through with it. In this case I would encourage you to talk to your partner and let them know why you object. If you have strong beliefs, then you will be able to handle it if this person leaves you to pursue their fantasy. If you compromise your beliefs, resentment will build and cause your relationship to endure a lot of stress. Either way, your relationship is going to suffer if you have very different beliefs about sex, and one person isn’t willing to give in.
If your partner is asking you to do something you fear or feel uncomfortable with, then I would ask you to explore the reasons for why you feel this way. Sometimes it is good to face fears to push beyond your comfort zone. It really depends on what is making you uncomfortable. Some people have had bad experiences or abuse in the past, or they are close to someone who has tried the same thing with negative results. This can cause a person to be very reluctant and fearful about trying out their partner’s sexual fantasy. If this is the case, I would encourage you to talk to your partner and help them to understand why you are so fearful. Hopefully they will understand and be patient with you. If they show support and understanding, it may help you to feel more confident exploring new sexual territory despite your fears. If that doesn’t work, hopefully they will respect your fears and be able to keep their fantasy just a fantasy.
If your partner doesn’t understand or feels you are being too selfish, stop and think about your relationship with this person. Are you always giving in to make this person happy? Do they make sacrifices for you? If you feel you are always holding back in your relationship, your partner may feel they have to choose you over themselves too often. You may want to figure out where you can compromise more in the relationship. However, if you find you are always giving in and your partner doesn’t seem to make any sacrifices for you, you may want to consider why this is happening. Relationships are hard, but they shouldn’t be completely one sided. In this case, I would definitely encourage you stand up for yourself and set better boundaries in your relationship. Both people count and should have a say about what happens in their relationship.
I’m all for trying new things and making your partner happy. However, everyone has their limits. It is good to know what your limits are and be able to set boundaries in your relationship, as well as in your sex life, even if that means you risk losing the person. If you want to push beyond your comfort zone, go for it. You can always try something once and if it doesn’t work out, be strong enough to communicate that to your partner and move on. That is usually how we find out what are actual limits are. You may be surprised you can enjoy and be comfortable with more than you think you can.
*Just an added warning* When it comes to sexual fantasies of threesomes and adding multiple partners, think long and hard about following through on this one. If you are in a committed, long term relationship this can cause future problems. Even when both people are open to it, unexpected jealousy and feelings of betrayal can happen. You may think your relationship is strong enough to endure adding sexual partners, but I’ve met with many people who have tried to live out this sexual fantasy only to have it ruin their relationship. Watching your partner have sex with someone else, even if you are involved can really affect you emotionally. I find that many people are still insecure with themselves as well as their relationship. Adding another person into the sexual mix can heighten those insecurities. Jealousy is a strong emotion and it is hard to keep it under wraps.
I believe sometimes it is better to keep a sexual fantasy just that, a fantasy. Real life isn’t a porno movie, just like real life isn’t a romantic comedy. Sometimes fantasies can hurt relationships, more than they help, because they can cause expectations to be too high. Be aware of your expectations in your relationship and try to be more realistic when it comes to living some of your sexual, as well as emotional, fantasies out. Again, sometimes fantasies, which are kept strictly fantasies, are more able to enhance your sex life and your relationship then going after the real thing.