'What is a nymphomaniac? Anyone who has sex
more than you do.'
(attributed to Alfred Kinsey)
Is nymphomania a credible psychological disorder or just a healthy appetite for sex? Human sexual libido's are diverse and always changing. Who is to say what is normal sexual behaviour? What is excessive? The word 'nympho' tends to refer to females. Our Christian Western society depicts female sexuality as something shameful outside of heterosexual marriage. Is nymphomania an attempt to control and degrade female sexuality?
In the past women were called nymphomaniacs if they masturbated and were subject to all sorts of barbaric genital treatments (including shock therapy). Now, many evolutionary studies are showing that women and men have evolved strategies for both promiscuity and monogamy. See our webpage on Evolution & Promiscuity.
Below you will find some academic studies on nymphomania. I am interested to further explore how our biology and culture affects our understanding of nymphomaniacs.
From the website: 'The term 'nymphomaniac' comes from the Greek word 'nymph' who were known as overtly sensual and sexual women in Greek folklore who actively pursued men for sex.
Nymphomania or Hypersexuality (as it is clinically known) is defined as sexual behavior at significant levels, or above 'normal' sexual frequency. However, because individual sex drive varies, it is a debated condition even from a clinical standpoint. Low libido is actually treated more frequently than an excessive sex drive.
Today, it is suspected the causes of nymphomania are mostly linked to a lack of impulse control in the brain. Some experts do believe that psychological and neurological conditions such as bipolar disorder and dementia or even trauma to the brain can cause hypersexuality. Neurological research is ongoing to determine if there is a correlation between the impulse control in the brain and a person’s sexual activity. Though most people believe sex drive is linked only to hormone levels, some believe the brain plays a large role in sexual behavior. The causes of nymphomaniacs’ behavior may never be completely known, but hypersexuality is a rare, but clinically accepted diagnosis for extreme sexual behavior.'
Page Title: 'Nymphomaniacs: What is a Nympho? Evolution &
Male Female Teenage Sex Addiction, Sluts, Studs, Libido, Erotic Stories'.
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Analyse any human emotion, no matter how far it may be removed from the sphere of sex, and you are sure to discover somewhere the primal impulse, to which life owes its perpetuation. ... The primitive stages can always be re-established; the primitive mind is, in the fullest meaning of the word, imperishable. ... Mans most disagreeable habits and idiosyncrasies, his deceit, his cowardice, his lack of reverence, are engendered by his incomplete adjustment to a complicated civilisation. It is the result of the conflict between our instincts and our culture. (Sigmund Freud)
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