Compulsive Behaviors

Compulsive sexual behavior is sometimes called hypersexuality, hypersexual disorder, or nymphomania. It's an unhealthy obsession with sexual thoughts, urges, or behaviors that may cause an individual distress or that negatively affects their health, job, relationships, or other parts of their life.

Compulsive Sexual Behaviors

Compulsive sexual behavior may involve a commonly enjoyable sexual experience (for example, self-stimulation) that becomes an obsession and becomes disruptive or harmful to you or others. Other compulsive sexual behaviors are ones outside the bounds of commonly accepted conduct (for example, being paid for sex, paying for sex, or having extramarital affairs). These behaviors can cause ditress and could have negative consequences.

Compulsive Sexual Behaviors Involve:

Nonparaphilic compulsive sexual behaviors involve conventional sexual behaviors that, when taken to an extreme, are recurrent, distressing, and interfere with daily functioning. These may include:

  • Compulsive searching for multiple partners
  • Compulsive fixation on an unattainable partner
  • Compulsive masturbation
  • Compulsive love relationships
  • Compulsive sexuality in a relationship

Paraphilic behaviors are unconventional sexual behaviors which are obsessive and compulsive. Some of these are:

  • Exhibitionism (sexual excitement associated with exposing one's genitals in public)
  • Voyeurism (sexual excitement by watching an unsuspecting person)
  • Sexual Masochism (sexual excitement from being the recipient of the threat)

Patrick Carnes popularized the concept of Compulsive Sexual Behavior as an addiction. He believes that people become addicted to sex in the same way they become addicted to substances or other behaviors.

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