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The Truth About Hypersexuality

The Truth About Hypersexuality

Since its inception, hypersexuality—also variously known as sexual compulsivity, problematic sexual behavior and “sex addiction”—has referred to a grab bag of various symptoms, including excessive masturbation and porn viewing, cheating constantly and frequent visits to sex workers and strip clubs. But what is hypersexuality, truly? Despite the fact that we hear so much about hypersexual behavior in the news (I’m looking at you, Scott Disick, Anthony Weiner and Ozzy Osbourne), sex researchers are still in the process of fully understanding what drives these behaviors. Now, a new study in the Archives of Sexual Behavior aims to help explain why people are hypersexual, from the psychological, personality and sexuality perspectives. The online study recruited 510 self-identified hypersexual people (267 of whom were male) through Facebook, web-based self-help forums, sexual health clinics in Australia and research participation web sites for universities in the United States,…

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