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Enjoying porn: Enjoyment of pornography can be an normal means of sexual arousal, and even couples may enjoy viewing pornography together. With the ever-present availability, accessibility and affordability of free porn on the internet, there becomes a risk that a person might become fixated on porn as the primary means of achieving sexual gratification. If so, help from a professional might be considered. ...Read more
Tough question...: Sexual sadism as a paraphilia would involve at least 6 months (or severe consequences/distress) of intense sexually arousing fantasies, urges or behaviors centered on humiliating or causing pain to others. 'sadism' refers more generally to someone who enjoys humiliating, dominating, or harming others, such as a sadistic personality type, with or without strongly sexual overtones. ...Read more
In behavioral theory: Certain object was associated with intense sexual gratification in the past, which makes the object signify intense sexual gratification in the future. Therefore, the person will likely to be aroused afthe the object is presented. ...Read more
No way to know: People have a variety of fetishes or interests. Most do not cause any harm or keep them from living healthy lives with healthy relationships. It's like trying to ask someone "why" they like strawberry ice cream rather than vanilla. Everyone is different. If your fetish does not interfere with healthy relationships, it is not considered a problem. ...Read more
If fetishes, pedophilia, necrophilia, zoophilia and other weird sexual attractions and behaviors are classified as paraphilias, how come gay isn't?
Once upon a time: It was in the past considered a disorder but they correctly recognized that error and now know that it's w/in the normal healthy range of humans. Any unlawful, non-consensual or violent acts apart, those may also be dropped. If the person is comfortable and harms no one - it's not a problem. If it's any of those - it is! Gay is not necessarily weird - sometimes it's even dull! ...Read more
A good thing: Einstein called himself a "natural loner" but was wise and kind in addition to his tremendous achievement. Many loners are similar. Most of the happiness life gives comes from meaningful caring for others, and this need not include a lot of socializing. Different people's brains give them different preferences; not everybody is a party animal. If you're hurting no one, embrace who you are. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A Stigmatizing Term: Gid= now-discarded diagnostic category from american psychiatric association's diagnostic "bible." until recently, gid was used 2 diagnose as "disordered" persons whose gender identity ("i view myself a man/woman or both or neither or other") &/or gender expression ("i look &/or behave stereotypically male/female or both or neither or other") wasn't consistent w/sex they were assigned at birth. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Emotional masochist: This seems quite a collection of words to call someone! and i'm not sure what was meant when they were said. I'd ask the person directly rather than assume. Many people use the term "narcissistic" to mean "self-involved and selfish." "emotional masochist" could be someone who uses suffering as emotional currency in relationships, but without necessarily acting out masochism in sexual behavior. ...Read more
Seek help: Gambling addiction was recently recognized as a serious issues. If you're ready to get help you can start with Gamblers Anonymous. Visit their web page for more information on meetings near you at www.gamblersanonymous.org There are also treatment programs that can work with you as well. There is hope and admitting you have a problem is a big step to getting better. ...Read more
Nonconsensual Acts: Sexual assault refers to any sexual behavior without a person's consent. By definition this includes all sexual behavioor perpetrated by adults toward minors, because children are not considered to be of age to give consent. In addition, forced sexual activity by an older child toward a younger child may be considered to be assault. ...Read more
What causes a desire 4 a specific sex fetish? How do I know if my sexual appetite & desires are normal & ok? Some considered taboo according to society. (EX:Rape fetishes, Dom/sub acting turn me on)
There are a wide: variety of sexual practices. Some would seem bizarre or abnormal, unless you happen to be a sex therapist, which might broaden your understanding in this area. The general consensus is that if a practice involves adults who are willing, not coerced, and is not painful, and can be terminated voluntarily without consequence, then the act is likely to be OK. A sex therapist would be helpful. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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