In Search of a Parsimonious Model to Explain Hypersexual Behavior
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Efforts to model biological processes and their associated mechanisms are an essential part of cultivating scientific understanding in the study of hypersexual behavior. An invitation for sex researchers to “transcend existent knowledge and attempt to enhance our theoretical understanding by formulating new or improved model accounts of the topic under scrutiny” has been previously offered (van Lankveld, 2011, p. 2). Subsequently, the review by Walton, Cantor, Bhullar, and Lykins (2017) of the hypersexuality literature and their proposed model—the sexhavior cycle—are to be applauded. Their work nicely captures and explains existing models with respective strengths and limitations. They correctly conclude that, presently, “multiple etiologies and theoretical conceptualizations” exist to predict hypersexuality.
Although there are various theoretical approaches to conceptualizing hypersexual behavior (compulsivity, impulsivity, addiction, etc.), sadly there is a lack of rigorous research...
Rory Reid was the Principal Investigator for the Field Trial of the Hypersexual Disorder criteria proposed for consideration in the DSM-5. The authors report no conflicts of interest and received no financial support directly related to the authorship, and/or publication of this commentary.
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