From 2007, here's a story of an IBM employee who was fired for engaging in sex chat at work who claimed war trauma turned him into a "a sex addict, and with the development of the internet, an internet addict". Accordingly, he cited protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). IBM defended its actions along several lines, including noting that "sexual behaviour disorders are specifically excluded from the ADA"
Polyamory, often abbreviated as poly, is often described as consensual, ethical, or responsible non-monogamy. The word is sometimes used in a broader sense to refer to sexual or romantic relationships that are not sexually exclusive, though there is disagreement on how broadly it applies; an emphasis on ethics, honesty, and transparency all around is widely regarded as the crucial defining characteristic.
(Curator's note: This item is being placed on this site as an entry in the "Normative Assumptions" category, which will be explained in that category's "Curator Commentary" entry.)
This article explores the impact of boredom proneness, social connectedness, and online dissociation in Internet sexually addicted men who have sex with men (MSM). Increased levels of boredom, diminished social connections, and dissociative symptoms while engaged in excessive online sexual activities are conceptualized as components that facilitate and maintain Internet sexual addiction. An overview of the literature pertaining to extreme online sexual behavior among MSM is presented and the constructs of boredom proneness, social connectedness, and dissociation are delineated. Assessment strategies for helping professionals who work with sexually addicted MSM are discussed. Implications for future research are presented.
Affective neuroscience illuminates the neuropsychobiological impact of traumatic early childhood attachment patterns on the affective, cognitive, and behavioral development of sexual addicts and their partners. It also guides therapists to access patients' blunted right hemisphere through awareness of their bodily states and, thereby, to remediate patients' hobbled capacities for establishing genuine relationships, achieving insight, and regulating emotions independently. By enriching the current cognitive-behavioral, task-oriented treatment with attention to the neurobiological causes, and costs, of sexual addiction, we create a recovery protocol that helps patients progress beyond sexual sobriety to achieve previously unattainable interpersonal connection, self-reflection, and internally regulated affective states.
While Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA) is open to women and men of any sexual orientation, race, occupation, marital status or age, the reality of providing safe meetings for teens presents deep challenges. The following article gives a brief history of how the Houston SAA Teen Meeting Intergroup proposed to address these challenges locally and to offer a model for the establishment of teen meetings within the SAA fellowship.
The authors assessed treatment outcomes in 38 self-identified sex addicts who participated in a brief residential, multimodal experiential group therapy treatment program. Significant reductions in overall psychological distress, depression, obsessive-compulsive symptoms, and preoccupation with sex and sexual stimuli were reported by participants immediately following treatment and were stable at 6-month follow-up. Significant reductions in anxiety, intrapsychic conflict regarding sexual desire, and shame felt as a result of acting out on sexual desires were reported by participants from posttreatment to 6-month follow-up. The clinical implications of the present study, limitations of the study, and directions for further research in this area are discussed.
Authors: Bradley T. Klontz, Sheila Garos and Paul T. Klontz
"The homepage of Sex Addicts Anonymous, a 12-step organization helping men and women share their experience, strength and hope with each other so they may overcome their sexual addiction and recover from sexual addiction."
A bibliographic review concludes that "the phenomenology of excessive nonparaphilic sexual disorder favors its conceptualization as an addictive behavior, rather than an obsessive-compulsive, or an impulse control disorder......(but) controlled studies are warranted in order to establish clear guidelines for treatment of sexual addiction."
This paper describes the nature of ritualization and how rituals reinforce maintenance of an addictive cycle that include both sex and drugs. We describe the ways this process is played out in three scenarios: (1) Addicts who isolate as the paramount feature of a particular ritualized pattern of sex and drugs; (2) women who try to manage childhood trauma and domestic violence through addictive rituals; and (3) gay addicts who use ongoing multiple partners as a ritual to maintain intensity. We also present suggestions for clinicians working with these three populations.
Authors: Jennifer Schneider, John Sealy, Richard Irons
This research project proposes to examine the cultural pathways and systemic foundations which have historically in the West problematized female sexuality by investigating women's own perceptions of sexual addiction and their experiences in seeking (or not) addiction treatment. In addition, this research project proposes to investigate the perceptions of therapists (psychologists and psychiatrists) who treat hypersexual female patients, in order to examine their beliefs about the cultural and biological genesis of the disorder, and its appearance in female patients. Theoretically, this project aims to move away from the concept of individualized bodies suffering singularly from (dis)ease and "abnormality", and investigate the ways in which Western cultural notions of "normal" female sexuality shape women‘s self-perceptions and notions about sexual "deviance".
Author: Megan Ashley Douglass
B.A. University of Michigan 2003
(A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in the Department of Anthropology in the College of Sciences at the University of Central Florida)
Curator's Note: Astoundingly comprehensive and valuable addition to this field of study.
This study aimed to investigate the characteristics of those who engage in online sexual activities and who are sexually compulsive according to the Kalichman sexual compulsivity scale. It also aimed to investigate if online sexual activities had changed the sexually compulsive respondents’ offline sexual behaviors. Data were collected in 2002 through an online questionnaire in Swedish.
Sex addiction and sex offending......are increasingly entwined in a growing and dangerous relationship. And yet the fields of sex offender treatment and sex addiction treatment remain fairly isolated from one another. Many sex addicts who get caught up in illegal activities and prosecuted end up in sex offender treatment with their addiction untreated. And many sex offenders who have not yet been caught end up in sex addiction treatment with a provider who has little or no training regarding work with sex offenders.
"I had to know the person a bit before I had sex with him. Maybe women with this compulsion are different from men in that way. I got to know someone first---flirted with him, spoke with him, then I would have sex with him." She continues, "I believe Tiger when he says he really loves his wife, Elin. I get it when he has this expression or tone of voice that the sex with so many women has nothing to do with his love for his wife. It really is a compartmentalized act."
By Cathy Cermol, March 26. 2010, Essence.com ("ESSENCE is Where Black Women Come First for news, entertainment and motivation.")
Curator comment: the formatting of this article lacks paragraphs, making it difficult to read; included partly becaue it features both female sex addiction and an African-American perspective.
For those women married to a pastor who is involved in sexual acting out in a compulsive manner, issues of isolation, support, and confidentiality are very real. Disclosure within the faith community strikes at the very core of their identity and the cost they may personally experience for their husband’s choices is great.......