Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 46, Issue 8, pp 2257–2259 | Cite as

Moving Forward on Hypersexuality

  • Drew A. KingstonEmail author

Walton, Cantor, Bhullar, and Lykins (2017) provided a comprehensive review of hypersexuality and in so doing presented myriad issues, such as definitional properties of the construct, prevalence rates, common criticisms surrounding attempts at pathologizing hypersexual behavior, as well as commonly studied features and correlates. Other comprehensive reviews of hypersexuality have been conducted in the last two decades (Gold & Heffner, 1998; Kaplan & Krueger, 2010; Kingston, 2016; Kingston & Firestone, 2008; Montgomery-Graham, 2017). In addition to their general overview, however, Walton et al. introduced the “sexhavior cycle,” a descriptive model outlining the initiation and maintenance of hypersexual behavior. In this Commentary, I focus on the definition and conceptualization of hypersexuality and then I apply core epistemic values in the evaluation of their proposed sexhavior cycle.

Defining and Conceptualizing Hypersexuality

Hypersexuality has proven to be an elusive concept to...



I would like to thank Martin Lalumière and Tony Ward for useful suggestions and comments on a draft of this Commentary.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Integrated Forensic ProgramRoyal Ottawa Health Care GroupBrockvilleCanada
  2. 2.School of Psychology and PsychiatryUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada

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