Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

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Lust

  • Georgios A. OrfanidisEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-24348-7_200082
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Lust or lechery is generally defined as the intense psychological impulse that instinctively leads the human will to acquire a desired person, object (e.g., money), office (e.g., positions of authority), or anything else. Alternatively, the sense of lust is treated as a case of the heightened sexual instinct/an energy with which mental processes and structures are invested and which generates erotic attachments (libido inside the view of Sigmund Freud) (Rycroft 1995), or sometimes as a degraded emotional type of pure sexual energy (Fisher et al. 2006). However, it is usually thought of as intense or unbridled sexual desire, which is inextricably linked to the impetuous thinking and oppressed fantasy (Long 2006), often leading to an unexpected and widely unacceptable by most socio-religion contexts situation (e.g., fornication, adultery, rape, bestiality) (Lazarus and Lazarus 1994). The feeling of lust may occur at any time in the everyday life of a heterosexual or homosexual social...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Theology, Faculty of TheologyAristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece