How to “Ascertain” Paraphilia? An Etymological Hint
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Do sexologists know their etymology?
Possibly not: I found no reference (in fact, anywhere in the literature) to the earliest attestation of one of their more pivotal words: paraphilia. Popularized without attribution in the DSM-III (APA, 1980, pp. 261, 266), “Paraphilie” was pieced together from the Greek (on the lexical model of paranoia!), and communicated on August 2, 1903, by Vienna-based Slavist and folklorist of erotica Krauss (1903, p. 565). A non-judgmental alternative to the twin phrases “psychopathia sexualis” and “sexual perversion,” it occurs in an apropos to Iwan Bloch’s two-volume Beiträge zur Aetiologie der Psychopathia Sexualis published 1902–1903. One finds it again in Krauss’ editorial to the maiden, 1904, issue of his noted yearbook on erotic folklore Anthropophyteia (1904a, pp. xv, xix) and throughout his richly illustrated 1904 folkloric sequel on women’s beauty, in 14 chapters dealing with all body regions—Die Anmut des Frauenleibes (1904b, p. 14 et passim). The...
KeywordsWhite Matter Abnormality Pedophilia Postural Code Paraphilic Disorder Forensic Psychology
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