Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 45, Issue 4, pp 777–782 | Cite as

Sexual Arousal and Sexual Activity Frequency: Implications for Understanding Hypersexuality

  • Michael T. Walton
  • Amy D. LykinsEmail author
  • Navjot Bhullar
Letter to the Editor


Some research indicates that sexual arousal, rather than scores on existing hypersexuality measures, may better explain higher levels of sexual activity (Steele, Staley, Fong, & Prause, 2013; Winters, Christoff, & Gorzalka, 2010). Specifically, sexual arousal may be a better a predictor of hypersexuality because self-report measures of hypersexual behavior typically rely upon an individual’s self-perception that their sexual behavior is out-of-control, rather than these measures also assessing an individual’s frequency of sexual activity to independently confirm the veracity of their perceptions. In addition, Ariely and Loewenstein (2006) suggest that, for some individuals, high states of sexual arousal may impair their decision-making to engage in sexual behavior that they may otherwise avoid when their sexual arousal is low, and also to engage in sexual behavior inconsistent with personal beliefs and values. However, to date, the evidence is mixed regarding whether...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael T. Walton
    • 1
  • Amy D. Lykins
    • 1
    Email author
  • Navjot Bhullar
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Behavioural Cognitive and Social SciencesUniversity of New EnglandArmidaleAustralia

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