Category: Paraphilia

Sexual Masochism

Individuals with this paraphilia enjoy inflicting or experiencing pain for sexual gratification. Here are some fast facts about sexual masochism:

  • Slightly more men than women identify themselves as being sexual masochists
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  • The pain the masochist craves may be inflicted by a partner or self-inflicted.
  • An individual with this disorder wants to submit to the will of another, and the  types of activities he or she can become involved with range from mild to  life-threatening.
  • When the masochist is interacting with a sadist, he or she may be restrained  with ropes or chains, paddled, spanked or whipped. The partners may act out a  scenario where one person is in a position of authority over the other, such as  a slave and master, or teacher and student.
  • A masochist may also enjoy being burned, bitten, cut or shocked by electricity.
  • The individual with a sexual masochism disorder may inflict the pain on him or  herself by cutting, burning or self-mutilation.
  • Hypoxyphilia, or near-asphyxiation, may also be attempted. In this activity, the  masochist may place a plastic bag or noose around his or her neck to experience  a lack of oxygen to the brain.

Any sane person is capable of enjoying sex by normal means. I guess role playing could be fun but being burned and electricuted is definitely not a turn-on in my book.


Treatment for Paraphilias

CBT: This type of therapy involves applying behavioral therapy techniques to modify the patient’s sexual deviations by altering distorted thinking patterns and making patients cognizant of the irrational justifications that lead to their sexual variations. This therapy also incorporates relapse prevention techniques, helping the patient to control the undesirable behaviors by avoiding situations that may generate initial desires.

Another technique employed by therapists is that of orgasmic reconditioning. In this approach, a patient is reconditioned to a more appropriate stimulus by masturbating to his or her typical, less socially acceptable stimulus. Then, just before orgasm, the patient is told to concentrate on a more acceptable fantasy.

Social skills training: Because many believe that paraphilias develop in patients who lack the ability to develop relationships, many therapists and physicians use social skills training to treat patients with these types of disorders. They may work on such issues as developing intimacy, carrying on conversations with others, and assertive skills training.

Twelve-step programs: Many physicians and therapists refer patients with paraphilias to 12-step programs designed for sexual addicts. Similar to alcoholics anonymous, these programs are designed to give control to group members, who lead most of the sessions. The program incorporates cognitive restructuring with social support to increase awareness of the problem.

Group therapy: This mode of therapy involves breaking through the denial so commonly found in people with paraphilias by surrounding them with other patients who share their illness. Once they begin to admit that they have a sexual divergence, the therapist begins to address individual issues such as past sexual abuse or other problems that may have led to the sexual disorder. When these issues have been identified, beginning Gestalt-type therapy (with the victim, if any) may be desirable to help patients get past the guilt and shame associated with their particular paraphilia. The goal of this type of therapy is to lead the patient to a “healthy remorse.” These patients require lifetime therapy in order to reduce the likelihood of relapse.

Individual expressive-supportive psychotherapy: This type of therapy requires a psychologically minded patient willing to focus on the paraphilia. The therapist should not set high goals but needs to break through the denial. Countertransfence and avoidance of the patient can be a problem with this form of therapy.


  • Antidepressants
  • Long-acting gonadotropin-releasing hormones (GnRH, ie, medical castration)
  • Antiandrogens
  • Phenothiazine
  • Mood stabilizers

I live my life according to the Bible and firmly believe that people with paraphilias have an unclean spirit on them. But not to mix spiritual faith and science, if these are tools that work, then that’s all that matters.


I recently watched a video on youtube that gave some very great insight on this paraphilia. The woman in the video described models who pose naked on magazine covers and women who do not wear panties as possibly suffering from a psychological disorder (exhibitionism). I found this to be interesting. I guess exhibitionists are not just perverts exposing themselves to unsuspecting strangers.

Causes of Paraphilias

Almost all paraphilias are male. People with paraphilias often have more than one paraphilia. It is suggested that male vulnerability to paraphilias is closely linked to their greater dependency on visual sexual imagery. Sexual arousal in men may perhaps depend on physical stimulus features to a greater degree than in women, whose arousal may depend more on emotional context, such as being in love.

I guess it’s true what they say,women fall in love their ears and men fall in love with their eyes.


Zoophilia is the practice of sexual activity between humans and non-human animals or a preference for, or fixation on such practice. Interestingly enough, this practice is not outlawed in some countries. In most countries though, it is illegal under animal abuse laws or laws dealing with crimes against nature. Earnest Bornemann coined the term “zoosadism” for those who derive pleasure from inflicting pain on an animal, sometimes with a sexual component. It’s pretty dangerous, health wise, to engage in sexual activity with non-human animals. Infections that are transmitted from animals to humans are called “zoonoses”. Some examples are Brucellosis, Q fever, leptosporosis, and toxocariasis. Below is an article about a man wh o was arrested for having sex with a donkey.

Pedophilia Defined

Most people are familiar with the paraphilia known as “pedophilia”. This website just gives a brief overview of what pedophilia is.

Necrophilia Video

This is a youtube video that talks about necrophilia in a comedic way. (Fast Fact: One of America’s famous serial killers, Jeffrey Dahmer, was found out to be a necrophiliac.)

Types of Paraphilias

Pedophilia (children)

Voyeurism (peeping toms)

Exhibitionism (exposing one’s genitals)

Fetishism (specific objects; pantyhose, rubber,etc.)

Sexual Sadism (pain or humiliation of others)

Transvestic Fetishism (dressing in clothing worn by the opposite sex)

Frotteurism (rubbing against strangers)

Sexual Masochism (pain or humiliation of self)

Telephone Scatologia (making obscene phone calls)

Necrophilia (corpses)

Partialism (exclusive focus on specific parts of the body)

Zoophilia (animals)

Coprophilia (feces)

Klismaphilia (enemas)

Urophilia (urine)

What is a paraphilia?


Paraphilia is a medical or behavioral science term for what is also referred to as: sexual deviation, sexual anomaly, sexual perversion or a disorder of sexual preference. It is the repeated, intense sexual arousal to unconventional (socially deviant) stimuli (

DSM-IV Criteria

  • intense, recurring, sexual fantasies, sexual urges or behaviors
  • inlvolve non-human objects, children or non-consenting adults, suffering or humiliation (to self or to others)
  • behavior has lasted at least 6 months
  • causes clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of life