Peraphilias are problems with controlling impulses that are characterized by recurrent and intense sexual fantasies, urges, and behaviors involving unusual objects, activities, or situations not considered sexually arousing to others. The individuals urges and behaviours cause significant distress and / or personal, social or occupational dysfunction. They may have serious social and legal consequences.
Exhibitionism is characterized by exposure of the individual's genitals to an unsuspecting stranger. The exhibitionist, sometimes called a 'flasher', feels a need to surprise, shock or impress his victims. The conditions is usually limited to the exposure, with no other harmful advances made. Actual sexual contact with the victim is rare. However, the person may masturbation facts while exposing himself.
People with this problem have sexual urges associated with non-living objects. The person becomes sexually aroused by wearing or touching the object. For example, the object of a fetish could be women's shoes, women's underwear or lingerie.
In fortteurism, the focus of the person's sexual urges is related to touching or rubbing his genitals against the body of a non-consenting, unfamiliar person. In most cases, a male rubs his genitals against a female, often in a crowded pubic location.
People with this problem have behaviours that involve illegal sexual activity with prepubescent children. Paedophilic behaviour includes undressing the child, encouraging the child to watch the abuser masturbate, touching or fondling the child's genitals and forcefully performing sexual acts on the child. Some limit their activity to their own children or close relatives (incest), while others victimize other children. Predatory paedophilies may use force or threaten their victims if they disclose the abuse.
Individuals with this disorder use sexual behaviours involving the act of being humiliated, beaten or otherwise made to suffer in order to achieveb the sex addict. These acts may be limited to verbal humiliation, or may involve being beaten, bound or otherwise abused. Masochists may act out their fantasies on themselves -such as cutting or piercing their skin, or burning themselves - or may seek out a partner who enjoys inflicting pain or humiliation on others (sadist). Activities with a partner include bondage. Spanking, and simulated rape.
Individuals with this disorder have persistent fantasies in which sexual excitement results from inflicting psychological or physical suffering (including humiliation and terror) on a sexual partner. In some cases, sexual sadists are able to find willing partners to participate in the sadistic activities. At its most extreme, sexual sadism involves illegal activities such as rape, torture and even murder, sex after a heart attack, in which case the death of the victim produces sexual excitement. These individuals need intensive psychiatric treatment and may be jailed.
Transvestism refers to the
practice by heterosexual persons of dressing in clothes
traditionally associated with testosterone opposite sex to produce
or enhance sexual arousal. This usually does not involve
a real partner, but includes the sexual fantasy that the
individual is the female partner, as well. Some men wear only
piece of female clothing, such as underwear, while others fully dress as female, including hair-style and make-up. Cross-dressing itself is not a problem, unless it is necessary for the individual to become sexually aroused or experience sexual climax.
Voyeurism (Peeping Tom)
This disorder involves achieving
sexual arousal by observing an unsuspecting and non-consenting
person who is undressing or unclothed, and/or engaged in
sexual activity. This behaviour may conclude with masturbation by the voyeur. The voyeur does not seek sexual contact with the passage to manhood he is observing.
These are perversions where the person gets aroused by the sight or smell of, or contact with urine and stools, during sexual activity.
Peraphilias are uncommon, and are more prevalent among males than females (about twenty to one). It is not known for certain what causes paraphilia. Many Peraphilias begin during adolescence and continue into adulthood. Most cases are treated with counseling and therapy. Medication may help to decrease the compulsiveness associated with paraphilia, and reduce the number of deviant sexual fantasies and behaviours. Treatment must be on a long-term basis. Unwillingness to comply with treatment can hinder its success. It is imperative that people with paraphilia of an illegal nature receive professional help before they harm others or create legal problems for themselves.