Paraphilias is a sexual behavior or sexual deviation that is associated with uncommon sexual practices. This behavior is not based on love or affection but deviant sexuality a person engage in to achieve sexual arousal from unusual sexual behavior that may be focus on specific objects, physical and emotional pain, sexual attraction to children, and involving unwilling participants.
Individuals engage in unusual sexual behavior mainly for achieving sexual arousal and sexual gratification. It is normal for individuals to fantasize about paraphilias activity during masturbation or sexual interaction and it is also normal for individuals to engage in such activity among consenting partners. However, this behavior is considered a mental disorder when it causes distress to the individual or harms others in the process.
Mostly men engage in distress sexual behavior and because men are more sexually responsive to visual stimuli it is less likely for women to engage in such behavior. Individuals with this behavior tend to engage in one form of activity that can be manifested into another form of activity and they can be engaging in different activity at the same time.
There is no clear explanation about the root cause of paraphilias but some theory suggest child abuse may be one of the causes where the abused victim developed the behavior later during adolescence year. Regardless of the theory, most men who engage in distress sexual behavior don’t have satisfying sexual relationship and they experience great difficulty relating with the opposite sex.
These types of activity can either be coercive or noncoercive paraphilias. Noncoercive or non-invasive activity does not violate the rights of another individual and does not cause harm to anyone. Men usually engage in this activity alone or with a partner and these may include sexual fetishism, transvestic fetishism, sexual sadism, sexual masochism, autoerotic asphyxiation, klismaphilia, coprophilia, and urophilia.
Coercive or invasive activity violates the rights of
another individual because they involve unwilling participants and cause
harm to the victims. The victims may feel violated and vulnerable to
physical abuse and may be fearful of similar recurrence in future. This
type of activity is illegal and these may include exhibitionism,
obscene phone call, voyeurism, frotteurism, zoophilia, and necrophilia.
Sexual Fetishism Sexual fetishism is a sexual behavior in which an individual develop intense sexual urges and arousal by focusing on specific objects or specific part of the human body.
Transvestic Fetishism Transvestic fetishism is a sexual behavior in which an individual achieve sexual arousal from wearing clothing of the opposite sex.
Sexual Sadism Sexual sadism is the act of achieving sexual excitement and arousal by giving physical or emotional pain.
Exhibitionism Exhibitionism is the act of exposing one’s genitals to unwilling observer.
Voyeurism Voyeurism is the act of achieving sexual excitement by looking at someone who are naked, watching someone undress or watching sexual interaction of others without their consent.
Obscene Phone Call Some people engage in obscene phone call to achieve sexual arousal from the reaction they get from the victims.
Autoerotic Asphyxiation Autoerotic asphyxiation is the act of enhancing sexual arousal and orgasm by reducing the supply of oxygen to the brain.
Frotteurism Frotteurism is the act of achieving sexual pleasure by pressing or rubbing against another in a crowded public place.
Deviant Sexuality People with deviant sexuality engage in unusual sexual behavior to achieve sexual arousal and sexual gratification.
Sexual Addiction Sexual addiction is an intimacy disorder where a person has unusual high sex drive and engages in obsessive sexual behavior that is out of control.
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