Sex Unlimited: The Story Behind Nymphomania
By Armando Ricardo J. Aguado
Before anything else, let me state for a fact that this article may or may not disappoint you, depending on what you’re looking for. An overview of nymphomania is discussed here. An interview with a real live nympho is not. In this article, I debunk what is a common misconception among people (guys especially) that “nymphos” are a great find. On the surface maybe, but in reality, they’re not.
So what really is nymphomania? Many people have a variety of interpretations, but most of them revolve around the idea that nymphomania is a woman who just simply loves sex way too much. You may ask, “what about the men who love sex way too much?” That’s just normal.
Nymphomania is now just one of the terms used to define an intense preoccupation with sex and sexual innuendos. Nowadays, professionals use the term compulsive sexual behavior, and hypersexuality, nymphomania and erotomania are just other similar layman terms.
What does it mean to have compulsive sexual behavior? According to mental health specialists, it is when one has an overwhelming need for sex and is so intensely preoccupied with this need that it interferes with one’s job and relationships. This person may also may spend inordinate amounts of time in sexually related activities and neglect important aspects of his day-to-day life. This person may also find himself failing repeatedly at attempts to reduce or control his sexual activities or desires. Incidentally, compulsive sexual behavior is more common among men than women.
Signs and Symptoms
Here are some of the signs and symptoms of compulsive sexual behavior:
- Having multiple sexual partners or extramarital affairs
- Having sex with a succession of anonymous partners or prostitutes and treating them as objects to be used for sex
- Using commercial sexually explicit phone lines and Internet chat rooms
- Engaging in excessive masturbation
- Using pornographic materials frequently
- Engaging in masochistic or sadistic sex, such as experiencing sexual excitement by inflicting or receiving pain during sex
- Exposing yourself in public
- Often feeling compelled to engage in sexual activity when you're stressed, anxious or depressed
Sexually obsessive behavior tends to be chronic, intense and beyond a person’s control. Although gratification is the primary objective, one is unlikely to achieve fulfillment in the long run.
What causes it?
Many experts believe that other psychological disorders underlie sexual obsessions and compulsions. Compulsive sexual behavior may become what is termed a “maladaptive coping mechanism” for other emotional problems, including mood and personality disorders. In essence, a person may turn to sexual obsessions because of emotional problems, stress or perhaps even a history of sexual abuse.
Person’s who are feeling lonely and depressed may perceive their sexual compulsions as a way of filling the empty spaces in their life. But more often than not, these sexual obsessions and behaviors bring merely temporary satisfaction and it is not long before the negative emotions or influences come rushing back.
There are also cases where the cause of compulsive sexual behavior can be a neurological disorder, such as epilepsy or dementia.
So after all that, you finally have an idea of what the layman’s term “nymphomania” is all about. For the guys out there, don’t go ahead thinking this is a good factor in a girl, because compulsive sexual behavior is anything but mentally healthy. And for the girls, guys who exhibit this kind of behavior may certainly be wonderful for your satisfaction, but don’t forget that such behavior usually has disturbing underlying causes.
Don’t be misled; too much sex just may kill you.