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Dimensions of Sexual Orientation

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Sexual Orientation::

The direction of an individual’s sexual and romantic attractions, desires, behaviors, and fantasies.

Sexual Behavior::

The physical expression of sexuality that can be experienced alone, with another individual(s), and/or with an object(s).

Sexual Identity::

An individual’s self-conceptualization of their sexuality. It describes how an individual defines or labels their sexuality to others/society, and it can be subject to change over time.

Sexual Attraction::

The desire for sexual intimacy or sexual activity with another individual(s) and/or object(s).

Romantic Attraction::

The desire for an intimate, though not necessarily sexual, relationship and the development of a strong emotional bond with another individual(s) and/or object(s).

Sexual Desire::

The motivation for, or interest in, engaging in sexual activity with oneself, with another individual(s), and/or with an object(s).

Sexual Fantasy::

A pattern of thoughts, recollections, or imaginations...

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Barry, C., Barry, J., Chivers, M.L. (2022). Dimensions of Sexual Orientation. In: Lykins, A.D. (eds) Encyclopedia of Sexuality and Gender. Springer, Cham.

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