Nothing undermines a relationship more than infidelity. It’s one of the most common reasons given for divorce (55 percent). Until recently, infidelity was mostly associated with a sexual encounter or emotional connection with a person other than one’s partner. But since the booming of the Internet and social networks like Facebook, practices such as cybersex and cyberflirting have appeared. Online infidelity is perceived by the betrayed partner to be as traumatizing as actual infidelity. [Read more…]
As mentioned in a previous blog, the clinical definition of sexual offending is nonconsensual sexual behavior. This differs from the legal definition, which varies by jurisdiction. For purposes of this blog, we will utilize the clinical rather than the legal definition when discussing sexual offending and offenders.
Typically most people think about sex offenders as violent rapists or “snatch and grab” child molesters. In truth, only a small minority of sex offenders fit either of these media-driven stereotypes.
Exhibitionistic disorder is a mental health condition that centers on a need to expose one’s genitals to other people (typically strangers caught off guard) in order to gain sexual satisfaction. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) classifies the condition within a larger group of illnesses called paraphilic disorders. All people with exhibitionistic disorder have a pattern of sexual conduct called exhibitionism; however, not all exhibitionists qualify for a diagnosis of exhibitionistic disorder. The specific criteria for such a diagnosis are contained in the new fifth edition of an APA reference guide called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. [Read more…]
Fetishistic disorder is a mental health condition that centers on the employment of inanimate objects as a source of sexual satisfaction or the fulfillment of sexual fantasies or urges. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which provides the basic roadmap for diagnosing mental illness in the US, includes this condition along with a group of illnesses called paraphilic disorders. The latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, known in the mental health community by the abbreviation DSM 5, partially redefines the symptoms that qualify for a fetishistic disorder diagnosis. DSM 5 also differentiates between fetishistic disorder and fetishism, a pattern of sexual behavior that doesn’t necessarily qualify as a mental disorder. [Read more…]
It has famously been written that men are from Mars and women are from Venus. The way we communicate and how we think is completely different. These gender differences also translate into our sexuality. [Read more…]
Sex addiction, like compulsive gambling or dependence on substances, is real – and researchers are looking more closely than ever at who may be living with the complex disorder. They are seeking to understand how they compare to people who may engage in a great deal of sexual activity without the life-disrupting symptoms of the addiction. [Read more…]
The bare bones about sex addiction are straightforward. Sex addiction includes repeated actions that are connected to sex – including obsessive thoughts, obsessive use of pornography, and compulsive use of paid services or obsessive masturbation. [Read more…]
Movies have ratings for a reason. Some suggest there be parental guidance (PG) for young viewers while others restrict (R) those younger than 18 years of age. Violence, language, and sex are usually the reasons for movie ratings. Researchers at Dartmouth College recently conducted a study that validates the importance of parental guidance and awareness in movies their children are watching. [Read more…]