This curated website is dedicated to improving professional and public understanding about why some people repeatedly engage in sexual behavior that compromises their safety and personal values despite the knowledge of inevitably problematic consequences and a sincere but repeatedly unsuccessful desire to stop.
Common phrases for this complex behavioral phenomenon include "sex addiction", "compulsive sexual behavior" and "hypersexuality". This site often uses the generic phrase "chronically 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,
- is therefore a useful inter-disciplinary term to describe "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 that supports a continually evolving understanding of this 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, with judicious commentary accompanying almost every item or category. An editorial or descriptive overview provides an orientation for almost every category or "tag" (see below).
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 on this site, it's best to use the "Filter" feature near the top of the screen to find content related to a particular category or topic.
Disclaimer: This site attempts 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.
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This site is curated by Bill Herring, LCSW, CSAT, an Atlanta-based psychotherapist who specializes 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.)