free sex therapy Paraphilia

Free sex therapy paraphilia



A class of sexual disorder that involves behavior most people find distasteful, unusual or abnormal. They produce clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational or other important areas of psychosocial functioning. Some of these disorders can also be criminal acts. Paraphilias are recurrent, intense, sexually arousing fantasies, urges, or behaviors that are distressing or disabling and that involve inanimate objects, children or other nonconsenting adults, or suffering or humiliation of oneself or the partner. A recent article sources over 500 paraphilias.

The arousal patterns are considered pathologic only when:

They become obligatory for sexual functioning (ie, erection or orgasm cannot occur without the stimulus).

They involve inappropriate partners (eg, children, nonconsenting adults).

They cause significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.

People suffering with a paraphilia may have an impaired or nonexistent capacity for affectionate, reciprocal emotional and sexual intimacy with a consenting partner

The pattern of disturbed erotic arousal is usually fairly well developed before puberty. At least 3 processes are involved:

Anxiety or early emotional trauma interferes with normal psychosexual development.

The standard pattern of arousal is replaced by another pattern, sometimes through early exposure to highly charged sexual experiences that reinforce the person's experience of sexual pleasure.

The pattern of sexual arousal often acquires symbolic and conditioning elements (eg, a fetish symbolizes the object of arousal but may have been chosen because the fetish was accidentally associated with sexual curiosity, desire, and excitement).

Paraphilia are common in males usually. Most of the paraphilia are rare and most of them are rarely seen in a single healthcare professional's career. The most common are pedophilia, voyeurism, transvestic fetishism, and exhibitionism. Some paraphilias are illegal, including pedophilia, and may result in imprisonment and being labeled as sex offender.

As there are over 500 paraphilias, it is not worth to list all the paraphilias on this page but for interested readers i am compiling some of them in a list on the next page.


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