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Current Topics in Sexual Compulsivity Research
The following resources represent research findings and controversies related to the study of compulsive sexual behavior.  Note that there are two other curated sites that may be better places to start depending on your purposes.  One is for professionals seeking a comprehensive overview of this topic.  The other is designed for people dealing with this topic in their personal life.  See below for the links to both of those sites.
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Sexual desire, not hypersexuality, is related to neurophysiological responses elicited by sexual images

Sexual desire, not hypersexuality, is related to neurophysiological responses elicited by sexual images | Current Topics in Sexual Compulsivity Research | Scoop.it

"This study was designed to determine whether sexual desire level alone, or a cluster of symptoms unique to hypersexuality, predict neural reactivity to sexual stimuli."

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Curator comment: This is really three stories in one:

  1. the article itself;
  2. the reaction it has generated in the professional community;
  3. the way it has been sensationalized worldwide in the last week.


There is so much going on in all three of these dimensions that it will take more than one brief note to make sense of it all.  To start from the outside in, here are some headlines appearing the last few days, showing the entire spectrum of reporting:

  • "New Study Questions If Sex Addiction is Real"
  • "Scans of Sex Addixts' Brains Call Diagnosis into Question"
  • "Sex Addicts Not Technically Addicts: Study"
  • "New Study Undermines Sex Addiction"
  • "Brain Scans Suggest That Sex Addiction Doesn't Exist"
  • "Sex Addiction: Not a Disease Any More"
  • "Hypersexuality is Not a Real Disorder"
  • "UCLA Study Says Sex Addiction Isn't a Real Disorder"
  • "Watching Porn Does Not Mean You're a Sex Addict"
  • "Neuroscientists Reveal Why Sex Addiction Isn't a Real Disorder"
  • "Sex Addiction is Fake, Study Shows"
  • "Study Asks If Sex Addiction Real Disorder or Just Some Sleazy Excuse"

Numerous articles have cropped up online with phrases such as:"Listen up, gals. Quit hiding behind that fake diagnosis of sex addiction. It turns out your mother was right all along. You’re just a ho."


One news source put it this way:  "Sex addiction is not a mental illness, as is often believed. Rather, it’s caused by a high libido. This has been proved scientifically for the first time by researchers at the University of California....."


The study "proved" no such thing, nor claimed that it did. In essence, it showed photographs, including those of a sexual nature, to a group of people who self-identified as meeting criteria for a proposed hypersexuality disorder, and found that their EEG readings did not respond as the researchers anticipated.   The entire article is available for review.  


Here's an interview with one of the investigators that goes into the design, findings and conclusions in more depth.


Not surprisingly, critiques that call into question various aspects of the study are beginning to appear. Many of them are happening in professional online discussion groups that cannot be curated.  But others are starting to be available online, with more surely to come.  

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Mindfulness, Emotional Dysregulation, Impulsivity, and Stress Proneness Among Hypersexual Patients

Mindfulness, Emotional Dysregulation, Impulsivity, and Stress Proneness Among Hypersexual Patients | Current Topics in Sexual Compulsivity Research | Scoop.it

"The current study explores relationships between mindfulness, emotional regulation, impulsivity, and stress proneness in a sample of participants recruited in a (DSM-V) Field Trial for Hypersexual Disorder and healthy controls...... Our results show a robust inverse relationship of mindfulness to hypersexuality over and above associations with emotional regulation, impulsivity, and stress proneness. These results suggest that mindfulness may be a meaningful component of successful therapy among patients seeking help for hypersexual behavior in attenuating hypersexuality, improving affect regulation, stress coping, and increasing tolerance for desires to act on maladaptive sexual urges and impulses."


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Bill Herring LCSW, CSAT's insight:

Curator comment:  This just-published article is notable for being the first study lending support for mindfulness as a plausible intervention for hypersexuality.  It's also the first time that the highly reputable journal Clinical Psychology has accepted an article on the topic of hypersexual behavior.  This study lends more support for the DSM-5 conceptualization of hypersexuality disorder.


Reid, R. C., Bramen, J. E., Anderson, A. and Cohen, M. S. (2013), Mindfulness, Emotional Dysregulation, Impulsivity, and Stress Proneness Among Hypersexual Patients. J. Clin. Psychol.. doi: 10.1002/jclp.22027

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Stephanie Anne Nairn's curator insight, July 18, 2013 10:58 AM

"...mindfulness may be a meaningful component of successful therapy among patients seeking help for hypersexual behavior in attenuating hypersexuality, improving affect regulation, stress coping, and increasing tolerance for desires to act on maladaptive sexual urges and impulses".

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Are nonparaphilic sexual addictions a variant of obsessive-compulsive disorder? A pilot study

Are nonparaphilic sexual addictions a variant of obsessive-compulsive disorder? A pilot study | Current Topics in Sexual Compulsivity Research | Scoop.it

"Nonparaphilic sexual addictions (NPSAs)........have been proposed as an obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorder. In the present study we examined the functional differences in repetitive sexual thoughts and compulsive behaviors between patients with OCD (n = 6) and with NPSAs (n = 6). Compared to patients with NPSAs, those with OCD reported significantly more fear and avoidance related to their sexual thoughts. Individuals with NPSAs reported higher levels of sexual arousal associated with their thoughts and a greater degree of sexual pleasure from performing compulsive behaviors. These preliminary findings challenge the notion that NPSAs are related to OCD......."

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Bill Herring LCSW, CSAT's insight:

Curator comment: Some people are keen to recast descriptions of sex addiction as a variant of obsessive-compulsive disorder.  This study disputes that assumption, although the relevance of its findings may be diminished by its small sample size.


Schwartz, SA & Abromowitz, JS, Are nonparaphilic sexual addictions a variant of obsessive-compulsive disorder? A pilot study. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 10(4) 372-377 (2003).


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Dissociation and Sexual Addiction/Compulsivity: A Contextual Approach to Conceptualization and Treatment

Dissociation and Sexual Addiction/Compulsivity: A Contextual Approach to Conceptualization and Treatment | Current Topics in Sexual Compulsivity Research | Scoop.it

The possible relationship of dissociation to sexual addiction/compulsivity (SAC) among childhood sexual abuse (CSA) survivors is explored. In applying a treatment procedure based on functional behavioral analysis to CSA survivors exhibiting SAC it was frequently observed that SAC patterns of behavior were not sexually gratifying, but that clients had been previously unaware of this. These clients often had poor recall of even recent instances of SAC and described a subjective sense of being in a daze, truncated awareness, and absence of a sense of agency during SAC episodes. Repeated detailed description of recent incidents of SAC in session helped clients become less dissociative when subsequently participating in SAC behaviors and gradually reduced the appeal of engaging in them. On the basis of these observations it is argued that recognition of the dissociative quality of SAC behavior in CSA survivors is essential to adequately understanding it, and that targeting the dissociative elements of SAC in treatment is crucial to disrupting it. It is also proposed that in this clinical population SAC can reflect the dissociative disconnectedness represented by re-enactment of CSA experiences, failure to integrate emotional intimacy with sexuality due to insecure or disorganized attachment, association of sexual activity with soothing and validation rather than sexual arousal, or a combination of these factors.


Bill Herring LCSW, CSAT's insight:

Curator comment: There didn't seem to be a way to summarize this abstract so it is presented in its entirety.  The idea of encouraging people who may be acting out their sexual behavior in a dissociative manner (which is not always the case with the broad population of people who repeatedly violate their sexual commitments in a way that feels out of thier control) to repeatedly recall the specifics of such incidents of "truncated awareness" in order to heighten self-awareness seems sound.


(2002). Dissociation and Sexual Addiction/Compulsivity: A Contextual Approach to Conceptualization and Treatment. Journal of Trauma & Dissociation: Vol. 3, No. 4, pp. 59-82.

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Taylor Christensen's curator insight, January 9, 2014 12:17 PM

It is interesting to note that sexual addiction can be linked to this disorder. However, I wonder if the prior exposure to sexual abuse as children had an effect on whether or not this is prevalent in dissociative identity disorder victims. 

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Hypersexual Behavior in an Online Sample of Males: Associations with Personal Distress and Functional Impairment

Hypersexual Behavior in an Online Sample of Males: Associations with Personal Distress and Functional Impairment | Current Topics in Sexual Compulsivity Research | Scoop.it

"The purpose of this study was to investigate personal distress and functional impairment in a community sample of male self-identified “sex addicts” and to explore the associations with related variables."


Bill Herring LCSW, CSAT's insight:

Curator comment: Based soley on the abstract, this study seems to determine that people who self-identify as "sex addicts" generally expreience distress, often in personal relationships, which seems pretty obvious.  It would be nice to see the entire article.


Source: Spenhoff M, Kruger THC, Hartmann U, and Kobs J. Hypersexual behavior in an online sample of males: Associations with personal distress and functional impairment. Journal of Sexual Medicine. Article first published online: 11 APR 2013 (early view).

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Review of the Empirical Evidence for a Theoretical Model to Understand the Sexual Problems of Women with a History of CSA

Review of the Empirical Evidence for a Theoretical Model to Understand the Sexual Problems of Women with a History of CSA | Current Topics in Sexual Compulsivity Research | Scoop.it

"(T)he relationship between hyposexuality and hypersexuality is relatively unexplored....... Because of the lack of information on these sexual problems, the present model was based on the assumption that, at least for some childhood sexual abuse (CSA) survivors, hyposexuality and hypersexuality coexist in the same individual. However, it is also possible that some CSA survivors develop only hyposexuality while others develop only hypersexuality. Future longitudinal studies on hyposexuality and hypersexuality can adequately explain the relationship and the course of these two problems in CSA survivors."


Bill Herring LCSW, CSAT's insight:

Curator comment: It's a pleasant surprise to have free access to an entire article online (rather than just an abstract), especially one as comprehensive as this overview of theories that attempt to explain sexual dysfunction in women with a history of childhood sexual abuse.  Problems of definition and methodology are carefully described, as is the challenge of formulating theories that account for both hyposexual and hypersexual symptoms in women with childhood histories of sexual abuse.


Author: Alessandra Rellini PhD


Source: The Journal of Sexual Medicine, Vol. 5, No. 1, 31-46, January 2008.

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A review of behavioral and biological correlates of sensation seeking

A review of behavioral and biological correlates of sensation seeking | Current Topics in Sexual Compulsivity Research | Scoop.it

"The purpose of this paper is to provide a review of studies related to sensation seeking. A description of sensation seeking and methodology to measure various preferences for sensation seeking is identified. In addition, the relation of sensation seeking with other personality factors is also examined.........."


J.W. Roberti, Journal of Research in Personality 38 (2004) 256–279


Bill Herring LCSW, CSAT's insight:

Curator comment: While this source may initially seem to be far afield of the topic, anyone seeking to develop the most comprehensive perspective on addictive, compulsive, irresponsible and/or high-risk sexual behavior will benefit by having a working knowledge of the general concept of sensation seeking.


(This entire paper can be easily located online, although the location is not being provided here to observe copyright.)

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Attachment, Shame, and Childhood Sexual Abuse and the Acquisition of Sexual Addiction

"The primary purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of attachment, shame, and childhood sexual abuse (CSA) on the development of sexual addiction. This study proposed three hypotheses: (a) anxious and avoidant adult attachment would predict sexual addiction; (b) shame would mediate the relationship between attachment and sexual addiction; and (c) CSA would moderate pathways between attachment and sexual addiction."

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Curator comment: Dissertations dealing with various aspects of this issue are at risk of lingering in obscurity unless their presence is noted in forums such as this.


Author: Ginger A. Gunn, Seattle Pacific University, 2010.

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Is Early Exposure to Pornography a Risk Factor for Sexual Compulsivity? Findings from an Online Survey among Young Heterosexual Adults

Is Early Exposure to Pornography a Risk Factor for Sexual Compulsivity? Findings from an Online Survey among Young Heterosexual Adults | Current Topics in Sexual Compulsivity Research | Scoop.it

"The aim of this retrospective study was to assess the relationship between early exposure to pornography and sexual compulsivity among Croatian young adults. Using online survey data on pornography use and sexual behavior among 1,528 heterosexual women and men aged 18–25, we tested a hypothesis that pornography use at the age of 14 is a marker for sexual compulsivity in late adolescence and young adulthood...........(W)e found no significant association between early exposure to pornography and high sexual compulsivity either among men or women."

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Curator comment: These findings contradict the conventional wisdom that early access to pornography contributes to sexual compulsivity in adults. However, in this study the definition of "early" is age 14, and the unfortunate rality is that much younger children are accessing hard-core pornography..


NOTE: Due to a technical glitch the only way to access this abstract is by following this link.


Source: International Journal of Sexual Health, 20:4 (2008), 270-280.



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Because agency to enjoy one’s own body isn’t a crime.

Because agency to enjoy one’s own body isn’t a crime. | Current Topics in Sexual Compulsivity Research | Scoop.it


"Because hypersexuality isn’t a compliment, nor is it liberating. It’s a racialized, oppressive marking on black and brown bodies that’s been used to degrade us for centuries and I think it’s time we took our bodies back."



Curator comment:  This beautifully powerful rant has been re-posted dozens of times in the last few days. One of the many benefits of maintaining the broadest possible view of this topic is the ability to gain appreciation of the many complex social, religious and political perspectives that shape identity, including this expression of Arabo-Muslim anti-imperialist feminism.


Source: The quote is from "My friend Khadijah on why she’s sex positive and what it means to her", originally posted on AFRICAN GOON ("Yohanna. Atheist. Habesha. Anticapitalist. Post-colonial Feminist. ERITREAN NATIONALIST 4lyf~")

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Moral Dilemma Causes Brain Of OCD Sufferers To Be More Active

Moral Dilemma Causes Brain Of OCD Sufferers To Be More Active | Current Topics in Sexual Compulsivity Research | Scoop.it


"Patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder......worry considerably more than the general population in the face of morality problems."



Curator comment: This recent study finds that people with obsessive-compulsive disorder are exceptionally affected by moral dilemmas.  Since some people with OCD exhibit extreme anxiety about whether they have committed a religously unacceptable or blasphemous sexual act, people who are exceptionally conflicted by the religious dimension of their dysregulated sexual desires or behavior may be exhibiting a form of obsessive-compulsive "moral hypersensitivity".  This assessment must be sensitively and respectfully handled.


The actual research article being cited is "Neural Correlates of Moral Sensitivity in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder", in the Archives of General Psychiatry. (Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2012;69(7):741-749)


Source:  Redorbit.com ("Your Universe Online".)  November 8, 2012.

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Sexual Addiction

What We Talk About When We Talk About Sexual Addiction | Current Topics in Sexual Compulsivity Research | Scoop.it

"(S)exual addiction remains an aporia that helps shape notions of sexuality, morality, and even addiction itself. If we do not pay close attention to what we mean when we say that certain destructive sexual behaviors are “addictions,” we risk losing sight of what we might learn about gender roles and entitlements."

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Curator comment: While I strongly contest several points, this well-written essay represents an important feminist perspective.  There is another post by Alexine Fleck under the "Sociopolitical Perspectives" filter of this site.


Source: Points: The Blog of the Alcohol and Drug History Society ("short and insightful writing about a long and complex history"). April 27, 2012.

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Disorderly Consumption and Capitalism: The Privilege of Sex Addiction.

Disorderly Consumption and Capitalism: The Privilege of Sex Addiction. | Current Topics in Sexual Compulsivity Research | Scoop.it

"(W)e as social subjects of capitalist culture tend to internalize the constant manipulation of desire disguised as need.........The emergence of the myriad forms of behavioral disorders only bears this out. Ultimately, as social subjects we often consume ourselves as subjects of disorders in order to maintain a precarious......normalcy in continual crisis."

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Curator comment: This is heady stuff, addressing the concept of compulsive sexual behavior as an inevitable consequence of capitalist culture.  Careful consideration of entries such as this will reward the reader with a deeper appreciation of the complex sociopolitical dimensions of this behavioral syndrome.


Source: Falla, J. (2001), Disorderly consumption and capitalism: the privilege of sex addiction. College Literature 28(1).

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Perceived “Out of Control” Sexual Behavior in a Cohort of Young Adults from the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study

Perceived “Out of Control” Sexual Behavior in a Cohort of Young Adults from the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study | Current Topics in Sexual Compulsivity Research | Scoop.it

"Out of control sexual behavior, also known as compulsive sexual behavior or sexual addiction, has not been studied in a representative sample of the general population. At age 32 years, 940 (93%) of 1,015 members of the birth cohort of the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study responded to a series of questions about sexual behavior........ Nearly 13% of men and 7% of women reported out of control sexual experiences (OCSE) in the past year...... Few believed that OCSE had interfered with their lives (3.8% of all men and 1.7% of all women in the cohort). Only 0.8% of men and 0.6% of women reported that their actual sexual behavior had interfered with their lives...... In conclusion, this population-based study has provided the first empirical estimations of the occurrence of OCSE and its relationship to a range of sexual behaviors in a representative sample.

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Bill Herring LCSW, CSAT's insight:

Curator comment: Measures of the prevalence of the disordered behavior under scrutiny have been scarce and potentially subject to various forms of sampling bias and other methodological limitations, which is part of what makes the Dunedin Longitudinal Study particularly useful.  The fact that its results reflect substantially lower numbers than the "3 - 6%" prevalence which is often cited in various literature may be as least partially indicative of cultural differences between New Zealand and the United States, pointing to the almost non-existent studies of international variability in the professional literature.


Authors: Skegg, K., Nada-Raja, S., Dickson, N. and Paul, C

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Source: Arch Sex Behav, 2010 Aug;39(4):968-78.


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What Is Dopamine for, Anyway? Love, Lust, Pleasure, Addiction?

What Is Dopamine for, Anyway? Love, Lust, Pleasure, Addiction? | Current Topics in Sexual Compulsivity Research | Scoop.it


"Dopamine is the one neurotransmitter that everyone seems to know about. Vaughn Bell once called it the Kim Kardashian of molecules, but I don’t think that’s fair to dopamine."

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Bill Herring LCSW, CSAT's insight:

Curator comment: While this article doesn't directly address sexual compulsivity, the explanations and links it provides can be useful to someone who is grappling with all of the emerging studies about brain chemistry and behavioral addictions.  And the Kim Kardashian comment is priceless.

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Methodological Review of Treatments for Non-Paraphilic Hypersexual Behavior

Methodological Review of Treatments for Non-Paraphilic Hypersexual Behavior | Current Topics in Sexual Compulsivity Research | Scoop.it


"Despite several attempts to explore treatments aimed at attenuating the symptoms of non-paraphilic hypersexual behavior, the findings from this review indicate that much of the outcome research in the field contains significant methodological limitations."


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Bill Herring LCSW, CSAT's insight:

Curator comment: Therapists who treat the various manifestations of chronically problematic sexual behavior, no matter what degree or discipline, have not exactly set the world on fire with well-designed, empirically-based outcome research, and the subject has not yet attracted a sizable number of behavioral health investigators (which is one reason why some of the same names consistently appear in higher-tier journals).  This article appears to substantiate this conclusion and point the way toward improving the quality of research the field is capable of producing.


Methodological Review of Treatments for Non-Paraphilic Hypersexual Behavior. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy. . doi: 10.1080/0092623X.2012.751075

(Posted online June 14, 2013)


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Mindfulness and Addictive Behaviors

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"This study examined the relationship between mindfulness and various addictive behaviors (i.e. alcohol abuse, pathological gambling, sex addiction, and compulsive buying) in a community sample. A short but comprehensive composite measure of mindfulness was constructed...... Inverse correlations emerged between the nonjudgmental attitude and alcohol abuse, pathological gambling, and sexual addiction, ......The findings of this study support the use of mindfulness as a treatment for substance abuse and suggest the possible usefulness for the treatment of other addictive behaviors."

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Bill Herring LCSW, CSAT's insight:

Curator comment: "Mindfulness", a state of nonjudgmental self-awareness, has become a popular topic in the field of behavioral health, and this article continues that trend.  The authors used the Compulsive Sexual Behavior Inventory (CSBI) to measure the sexual dimensions of their study.  It would have been nice if they had shown more consistency by avoiding using the phrases "sex addiction" and "sexual addiction" interchangeably and if they had defined the term other than via the CSBI (which does not use either term).  The "Composite Mindfulness Questionnaire" (which is included) is interesting.


Note: This article is currently available in its entirety through Open Access, which is always nice for those without university or other institutional access.


AMA cite: Spinella M, Martino S, Ferri C. Mindfulness and Addictive Behaviors. J Behav Health. 2013; 2(1): 1-7. doi:10.5455/jbh.20120908033138

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Scrupulosity: Where OCD Meets Religion, Faith, and Belief

Scrupulosity: Where OCD Meets Religion, Faith, and Belief | Current Topics in Sexual Compulsivity Research | Scoop.it

"Triggers for scrupulosity can be any thought, image, feeling, place, person, etc., that cues an obsession. For example, seeing an attractive person at church may result in sexual thoughts, which in turn trigger an obsessive desire to “undo” that thought in an effort to be pure, holy, and clean. If the scrupulous individual upholds an exaggerated belief that lustful thoughts in and of themselves will automatically result in eternal condemnation, the cycle begins."


Bill Herring LCSW, CSAT's insight:

Curator comment: Reading this article along with such entries as "The Brain of Someone With OCD is More Active When Faced With a Moral Dilemma" and "The Roles of Shame and Guilt in Hypersexual Behavior" will result in an appreciation for the strong influence of guilt in the cycle of repetitive engagement of unwanted sexual behavior.  This supports the finding in "A Treatment-Oriented Typology of Self-Identified Hypersexuality Referrals" that sexual guilt is a powerful influence on the decision of some people to self-identify as needing treatment for some asepct of hypersexuality.  It can be instructive to also read "Sexual Orientation Obsessions in OCD" to gain even more insight into the complex relationshio between guilt, fear and obsession which can be especially prevalent in certain forms of compulsive sexual behavior.  


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Bipolar Disorder and Hypersexuality | bphope

Bipolar Disorder and Hypersexuality | bphope | Current Topics in Sexual Compulsivity Research | Scoop.it

"Though hypersexuality may present itself as just one aspect in a constellation of problems, it is often the most destructive and challenging part of bipolar disorder—troubling families of young children suffering from juvenile hypersexuality, ruining marriages, generating life-threatening health problems."


Bill Herring LCSW, CSAT's insight:
Curator comment:This is a valuable perspective of an under-diagnosed issue.


Source: written by Sara Solovitch, this appeared in BP Hope Magazine: "advice and care to help those suffering from Bipolar Disorder symptoms."

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Grace Adams's comment, January 21, 2013 6:22 PM
Very interesting. My personal experiences have often made me wonder if there's a connection.
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Relationships of masculinity and ethnicity as at-risk markers for online sexual addiction in men

The goal of this study was to ascertain if ethnicity and endorsements of higher levels of traditional masculinity predict as at-risk markers for online sexual addiction in men. A sample of 1,441 male students from three universities located in the Southern part of the United States was surveyed.......to determine if statistically significant relationships existed between levels of traditional masculinity combined with ethnicity and at-risk behaviors for online sexual addictions. A Pearson r correlation was conducted, indicating that levels of traditional masculinity and at-risk behaviors for online sexual addictions were significantly correlated. A one-way ANOVA was conducted, indicating that statistically significant traditional masculinity and ethnicity with at-risk behaviors for online sexual addictions. An additional analysis indicated a significant relationship among African/Black Americans levels of traditional masculinity with at-risk behaviors for online sexual addictions. Although statistical significance was found in answering the three questions of the study, small effect sizes suggest that caution should be exercised in interpreting these findings.

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Curator comment:  Some of the wording in this dissertation abstract could benefit from greater clarity.  There is very little research that addresses any racial dimensions of this construct, so it would be useful if the entire dissertation was available for review.


Note that a variation of this dissertaion is published in: (2011). Exploring Relationships of Masculinity and Ethnicity as At-Risk Markers for Online Sexual Addiction in Men. Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity 18(4): 243-260.


Author: Michael D. Becerra, Texas A&M University, Commerce.


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Men with sexual compulsivity: Relationship between adult romantic attachment styles and sexual behavior types

"This study explored the relationship between adult romantic attachment styles and sexual behavior types in men with compulsive sexual behaviors.......The study found a significant, positive relationship between attachment styles and sexual behavior types........"

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Bill Herring LCSW, CSAT's insight:

Curator comment: This 172 page dissertation (only chapter summaries available at this link) reported that seventy percent of the males  with sexual compulsivity in this study had insecure attachments.  This has some important implications for designing useful therapeutic interventions.


Author: Latoya B. Brooks

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Sexual addiction and marriage and family therapy: facilitating individual and relationship healing through couple therapy

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"This article (a) presents a synthesis of the research on the impact of sexual addiction on the addict, the partner, and the couple; (b) outlines the process of healing for each based on the research synthesis; and (c) discusses the role of marriage and family therapy in facilitating both individual and relationship healing from sexual addiction."


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Bird, M. H. (2006), Sexual addiction and marriage and family therapy: facilitating individual and relationship healing throughcouple therapy. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 32: 297–311.


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Hypersexual Behavior in Hasidic Jewish Inpatients

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Although no published studies explore rates of sexual symptoms among mentally ill Hasidic Jews, anecdotal observations led to the lead author's hypothesis that male Hasidic Jewish psychiatric inpatients often demonstrated hypersexual behavior.



Curator comment: This abstract concludes by suggesting "a link between culture and symptom presentation", which is a topic that needs to be explored along virtually every dimension of this behavioral disorder.



Authors: Needell, N. and Markowitz, J.C.,

Source: The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease (2004), 192:3 243-246.

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How porn rewires your brain, hijacks your libido, and threatens your sex life (and just might improve it, too)

How porn rewires your brain, hijacks your libido, and threatens your sex life (and just might improve it, too) | Current Topics in Sexual Compulsivity Research | Scoop.it


"The drive behind ordinary usage of pornography is mostly just normal sexual motivation. But someone who is struggling with addiction not only has that normal sex drive but also has another powerful motivation. He may be trying to recover from something, such as events in his life that have left him feeling degraded, and when he uses pornography he creates a fantasy in which he overcomes that degradation."

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Curator comment: Very balanced and thorough.  People are starting to get it.


Source: Men's Heath. October 16, 2012.

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Nymphomania: The Historical Construction of Female Sexuality

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"An examination of the medical history of nymphomania allows us to observe the tensions and contradictions inherent in nineteenth-century assumptions about female sexuality during a period of contention over the nature of femaleness."

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Curator comment: This is a meticulously annotated treatise on the development of "major shifts in perception, diagnosis, and treatment that begin to occur in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as nymphomania was transformed from a biological to a psychological disease."


Source: Groneman, C. (1994), Nymphomania: The Historical Construction of Female Sexuality. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 19(2): 337-367.

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