This is an extraordinarily vibrant time in the fields of sexual health, mental health and public health for discussion about the many complex patterns of chronically uncontrollable, unethical and/or irresponsible sexual behavior that bring terrible consequences to people of all walks of life.
The goal of this site is to provide a comprehensive and dynamic site for curated information about this complex behavioral phenomenon.
There is a lot of information, controversy and misunderstanding about this topic, but what is no longer subject to credible debate is that people can engage in patterns of sexual behavior in ways that are capable of bringing immense devastation to themselves and those around them.
Phrases such as "sex addiction", "compulsive sexual behavior" and "hypersexuality" each have their advocates and detractors. The curator of this site often uses the generic phrase "problematic sexual behavior" (used as a description rather than a diagnosis) since it:
- is broad enough to transcend theoretical limitations without being so vague that it loses all meaning,
- is capable of describing clusters of symptoms and complaints rather than a singular clinical entity,
- accommodates conditions that stem from varying individual, relational and societal sources, and
- is therefore a useful inter-disciplinary term to describe the complex psychological, behavioral and relational markers of "patterns of sexual behavior that are out of control and have problematic consequences" (Bancroft and Vukadinovic, 2004*).
Information about this topic will be curated from every conceivable source and perspective, in order not to privilege one viewpoint over another to the detriment of an informed and expanded knowledge base with which to develop a continually evolving understanding of this extremely important subject. Topics range from rigorous research to irreverent humor, representing the entire spectrum of attitudes, opinions and understanding about this topic. Some items will have lasting significance while others are likely to merit only brief notice.
However, this curation does not focus on mere breadth and quantity of sources with a complete disregard for content. Conscious effort is made to avoid excessive repetiton of content and to separate the wheat from the chaff, and the curator reserves the right to make judicious commentary regarding any item or category. In fact, an editorial or descriptive overview exists for almost every category or "tag" (see below) to serve as an orientation to the topic at hand. This commentary is likely to continually develop and adapt to incorporate new items and understandings.
This site is not designed to promote any specific service or treatment providers; hence there are no direct links to sites that do not contain some relevant information that enhances the knowledge base of the topic.
Due to the volume of information that is available, the absolute best way to utilize this site is to use the "Filter" feature near the top of the screen to view only the articles and resources pertaining to any particular category or topic. Otherwise this site can appear disorganized since most items are not arranged in any particular order. One exception is that time-sensitive items will "lead".
Disclaimer: This site will scrupulously attempt to avoid any copyright infringement by linking directly to all sources instead of reproducing, preparing derivative works, distributing, or displaying them publicly. This site will also not link to any material that appears to be available online as a result of copyright violation.
Feedback, commentary and suggestions for other sources are strongly encouraged and will help build a stronger site. Most of these items link directly to the sources where they appear. If any links become inactive because the source material has moved, please provide that feedback. Readers are also encouraged to "follow" this site by clicking the button near the top right of the page.
This site is curated by Bill Herring, LCSW, CSAT, an Atlanta-based psychotherapist and writer who is a nationally recognized specialist in helping good people maintain consistent, safe and ethical sexual boundaries.
This site was created December 7, 2011.
*Bancroft, J. & Vukadinovic, Z. (2004). Sexual addiction, sexual compulsivity, sexual impulsivity, or what? Toward a theoretical model. Journal of Sex Research: 41(3), 225-234. (Note, this article is easily available online. A direct link is not being provided to it in order to protect copyright.)