Paraphilias-outline - The material and moral ruin of the...

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“The material and moral ruin of the community is readily brought about by debauchery, adultery, and luxury. Greece, the Roman Empire, and France under Louis XIV and XV, are striking examples of this assertion. In such periods of civic and moral decline the most monstrous excesses of sexual life may be observed; these, however, can always be traced to the psychopathological or neuropathological conditions of the nation involved.” Richard von Krafft-Ebing, Psychopathia Sexualis Krafft-Ebing: “Sexual feeling is really the root of all ethics, and no doubt of aestheticism and religion.” The immense power of sexuality: not only the physical sensations, but the urges, the desires, the obsessions. Compare to religious ecstasies: “…the gratification of the sensual appetite promises a boon which far surpasses all other conceivable pleasures, and faith has in store a bliss that endures forever,” (p.11) In sex as in religion, self-sacrifice and even self-destruction may be seen as apt penance for shortcomings. Pain becomes pleasure. ATYPICAL SEXUAL VARIATIONS What is "normal?" PARAPHILIA: Greek: "para" - to the side of "philos" - loving American Psychiatric Association: "Atypical patterns of sexual arousal or behavior that become problematic in the eyes of the individual or society, such as fetishism or exhibitionism" DSM IV: "... recurrent, intense sexual urges, fantasies, or behaviors that involve unusual objects, activities, or situations and cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning." The urges must have been acted upon and feel urgent, compelling, and virtually irresistible. A range
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This note was uploaded on 11/13/2011 for the course EDP 363 taught by Professor Brownstein during the Fall '08 term at University of Texas.

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Paraphilias-outline - The material and moral ruin of the...

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