Things That Block Orgasm: What Women Need To Know About Serotonin Balance

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 by Meg   •   Filed under Sexuality/Relationships


Serotonin does more than keep depression at bay. This neurotransmitter also allows the rest of the brain to communicate with regions responsible for self-control and planning functions. This may explain why serotonin imbalance has been linked to issues from obsessive compulsive traits to substance dependence 1

But a lack of serotonin does more than regulate impulses and alter mood. Serotonin also plays a big role in sexual function. Without enough serotonin, orgasm may not come as quickly, if it comes at all (pun totally intended)....  continue reading

Are Criminals Blameworthy Or Are They Victims? American Justice, Mental Illness and the Illusion of Free Will

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 by Meg   •   Filed under General

Justice. 

It is an uncomfortable topic, particularly once we begin to explore mental health issues within the context of American prisons. There are currently ten times the number of individuals with serious mental illness in jails and state prisons than there are in state mental hospitals1. Prisons are currently our way of housing the mentally ill, de facto institutions when we find ourselves without appropriate healthcare facilities for long-term commitments.

Most prisoners are worse off biologically and emotionally when they emerge, increasing rates for re-offense. Not that this bothers us much; we assume that one who has been put away is a menace to society anyway, an individual who will surely do more harm than good. After all, you have to do something to get locked up. It is that action that we judge in our courthouses. 

But neuroscientist David Eagleman has a slightly different take on the notion of justice in Incognito. Ealgeman argues that it is not simply the act committed that we should look at during sentencing. To judge an individual, we must identify how blameworthy they are. 

And that, my friends, is a more difficult subject than most realize....  continue reading

Repressed: Not All Monsters Wear Masks

Friday, December 09, 2016 by Meg   •   Filed under Books

I am so excited to announce that Repressed is NOW AVAILABLE to the public! CLICK HERE to get it on Amazon and CLICK HERE for Nook). This book was a labor of love and I adored every moment of the process, from the nitty-gritty research to interaction with readers who just COULD NOT WAIT for this book to hit the shelves. 

What readers are saying about Repressed

“Chilling, suspenseful and impossible to put down.”
~Kristen Mae, Beyond the Break

"Wonderful, amazing and leaves you wanting more...gasp worthy, totally took my breath away." ~Heather Holter, Maxed-Out Minivan

"WOW! What a book! (O'Flynn has) amazing ability to captivate an audience and spin a tale." ~Alyson Herzig, The Shitastrophy

"Darkest book yet. Twisted...realistic and haunting." ~Nicole Knepper, Moms Who Drink and Swear

“REPRESSED is O'Flynn's latest and most chilling installment in the Ash Park series. If you weren't already a fan, she'll hook you with this one...and probably slice, dice, and filet you as well. You'd better glue your eyelids open before you start reading because you won't want to look away.” ~Mary Widdicks, A Mutual Addiction

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The Minimalist Guide to Internal Working Models: How Early Experience Shapes Later Relationships

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 by Meg   •   Filed under Sexuality/Relationships

Early life experiences can shape our later relationships and our emotional profiles. 

Upset that you inherited their father's nose? You may have gotten his trust issues as well.

Internal Working Models of Relationships

Your internal working model refers to how you see the world and predict events. An individual's internal working model of relationships is formed in response to the type of care they receive early on. In essence, early attachment changes how you come to see your later relationships and the amount of trust you have for partners. It can also be passed down through generations because it changes how people respond to their own children....  continue reading

On Love. And Hate. And Trump. And Us.

Friday, November 11, 2016 by Meg   •   Filed under General


Trump is the president-elect. I sincerely can’t believe I’m typing that sentence. Because it feels like betrayal. 

If someone called me a “Mexican rapist” and you gave him a hug, I’d not be thrilled. If someone said they have the right to grab me without permission and you give them a job..again, not happy. But I must try to understand. Because this is bigger than me. It’s bigger than any of us.

If you’ve been with me any length of time, you know I’m a liberal, and unapologetically so. But my college-educated, pro-female, anti-bigotry, DEMOCRAT husband’s candidate was Donald “grab-them-by-the-pussy” Trump. Maybe I, for my own sanity, am being forced into a corner. I HAVE to understand. I have to see. Because I know, perhaps better than most people, that not all Trump supporters are bigots and xenophobes. I know, because no way in hell would I marry one....  continue reading

Platonic Friendships, Friends With Benefits and Relationship Complications

Tuesday, November 08, 2016 by Meg   •   Filed under Sexuality/Relationships

In relationship therapy sessions, there is often another individual in the background, underlying arguments and punctuating negative feelings: the platonic opposite sex friend. Often men and women have difficulty seeing eye to eye on this issue. 

But it isn’t their fault. It’s all part of an evolved mechanism that may lead men and women to see these relationships in very different contexts, either subconsciously or right out in the open. But without understanding those elements, it is difficult to work through them....  continue reading