The “Msychology” of Hypersexuality: A 40-year-old Bisexual Man’s Use of Online Chat, Pornography, Masturbation, and Extradyadic Sex
Sex addiction characterizes “a persistent pattern of failure to control intense [and] repetitive sexual impulses or urges, resulting in repetitive sexual behavior over an extended period that causes significant distress or impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational, or other important areas of functioning” (Kraus et al., 2018, p. 109). The condition is also described as hypersexuality, hypersexual behavior, sexual impulsivity, and compulsive sexual behavior (Cantor et al., 2013; Kafka, 2010). More recently, compulsive sexual behavior has been proposed as an impulse control disorder for inclusion in the International Classification of Diseases, 11th ed. (ICD-11), with Internet field trials and clinical studies planned to test its validity (Kraus et al., 2018; Walton & Bhullar, 2018).
Hypersexuality is a complex and heterogeneous condition that involves various underlying mechanisms (e.g., high propensity for sexual arousal), subtypes of sexual...
Matty consented to publication of his deidentified survey responses. He provided online consent prior to undertaking the prescreening survey and daily diary. The authors acknowledge and value Matty’s contribution to assist researchers and health professionals to better understand why some people struggle to regulate their sexual behavior. This study was approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of New England, Armidale, Australia.
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