Aberrant sexual practice; Abnormal sexual activity; Algolagnia; Exhibitionism; Fetishism; Pedophilia; Voyeurism; Zoophilia
The term paraphilia refers to any sexual interest greater than or equal to normophilic sexual interests. Paraphilias primarily concern an individual’s sexual activities (e.g., sadomasochistic practices or nonconsensual sexual activity) or an individual’s sexual targets (e.g., interest in nonhuman animals, phenotypically abnormal or physically immature humans, or inanimate objects). Paraphilias and paraphilic disorders are not synonymous. To rise to the level of a paraphilic disorder, the paraphilic interest must be associated with distress or impaired functioning for the individual, or the act of satisfying the paraphilia must result in harm to self or others.
Paraphilic Disorders encompass a group of mental illnesses in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th ed.; DSM-5; American Psychiatric Association 2013...
References and Readings
- Balon, R. (Ed.). (2016). Practical guide to paraphilia and paraphilic disorders. Cham: Springer International Publishing.Google Scholar