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Within psychiatry, how is homosexuality discussed or classified?

In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) removed the diagnosis of “homosexuality” from the second edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) (Jack Drescher, 2015). Theories of ...
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Within psychiatry, how is homosexuality discussed or classified?

Whilst there have been arguments for the idea that homosexuality has a genetic base or a result of malformations of human development, today's consensus is that homosexuality is a normal variant of ...
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Do women have fetishes?

For a non-clinical sample in a study on paraphilic sexual interests, Dawson et al. (2016) report that Fisher’s exact test of proportions revealed that a significantly greater proportion of men ...
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Why are trans-women more common than trans-men?

Short answer: It might be genetic. Human sexual behaviour, especially where stigma and taboos are involved, is notoriously difficult to study, so the real answer is that we just don't know. However, ...
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Is Maslow's hierarchy of needs really accurate at labeling sex as a physiological "need"?

This is a trickier multi-part question to adjudicate than you might think. Is Sex A "Need" (Physiological or Otherwise)? Definitions of "Needs", "Motives", etc., are dime-a-dozen. Though I don't ...
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how can the development of sexual preferences be influenced?

A bit of background on me: I’m a clinical psychologist and have worked with many sexual disorders, ranging from paedophile, to gender identity disorder. I am however no expert in any of these, so my ...
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What are the effects of hebephilia on victims?

I thought I would edit to add a bit of information. First of all for those who don't know, (I didn't until I looked it up when I saw this question for the first time), the term hebephilia has been ...
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Within psychiatry, how is homosexuality discussed or classified?

The idea that homosexuality is disadvantageous from an evolutionary perspective is, in my view, an example of how cultural bias is confused with biological process. While there is evidence that ...
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Why are trans-women more common than trans-men?

Exactly like you, I would like to begin by saying that I have no animosity nor prejudice against anyone. What I am saying below is not meant to be offensive to anyone, it is just an honest account of ...
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Within psychiatry, how is homosexuality discussed or classified?

Not by the standards of the DSM-IV-TR. Other answers discuss the case of homosexuality specifically, but the general principles of psychiatric diagnosis also rule out the idea of homosexuality as a ...
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Within psychiatry, how is homosexuality discussed or classified?

To add to these great answers, I'll go on and link to this article. It discusses the DSM (as mentioned in other answers), but also includes a discussion of the homosexual classifications in the ICD (...
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Why are we so possessive of our significant others?

The big hot potato here is the evolutionary hypothesis that men are more sexually jealous whereas women are more emotionally jealous. Contrast Harris (2003) totally dissing it (but also giving a nice ...
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Can hocd change sexual orientation?

First of all, it is important to note that the current version (5th Edition) of the DSM — Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, published by the American Psychological Association (...
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Are there gay and transgender hunter-gatherers?

Yes, there are many known hunter-gatherer communities that include transgender and/or gay individuals. See for instance this research paper: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24091924/ (Please be aware ...
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What hormones stimulate non-sexual intimate behaviour?

But I'm wondering if any of these hormones are linked with physically intimate non-sexual behaviour, like hugs, kisses and cuddles. Kissing is a little messy because it could be characterised as ...
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Are there empirical studies showing that one sex is more sexually selective than the other?

As noted above, evolutionary theories suggest that (heterosexual) females should be more choosy than males, because they typically invest far more resources in raising offspring (men have enough time ...
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Is an avoidance of incest/inbreeding learned or instinctive?

This is not my field, but I gave it a quick search. This article seems to speak directly to this question, summarizing and comparing multiple theories to each other. In light of these theories, the ...
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Psychological effects of statutory rape - differences by gender?

The following is a culmination of research I have conducted over a long time on the very subject. The term "statutory rape" This is a generic term and some consider it to include just victims under ...
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How many genders are there?

The subject of gender can be a very personal subject and the subject of gender is discussed among the LGBTQIA+ community. The LGBTQIA Allyship is the practice of confronting heterosexism, sexism, ...
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Can a person be persuaded to become gay?

The article you linked (Hamer, et al. 1993 [Open Access PDF]) was cited in Mills (2019) [Open Access PDF] which states, Work in the 1990s isolated a relationship with the Xq28 region on the X ...
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Effects of treatment versus psychotherapy on mental health of transgender people

TL;DR: There's many studies which point to better mental health outcomes as a result of treatment, such as hormones and surgery, of transgender individuals. It's also important to consider that there'...
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Effects of treatment versus psychotherapy on mental health of transgender people

Johns Hopkins did stop doing gender reassignment surgery and one of their psychiatrists apparently says that The suicide rate among transgendered people who had the surgery is 20 times higher He ...
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How does a female measure her own attractiveness?

From p. 207 of Geoffrey Miller (2001). The mating mind: how sexual choice shaped the evolution of human nature. Anchor Books. ISBN 0-385-49517-X In our research on mate search strategies, colleague ...
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Is there research into why people use piercings or tattoos for personal reasons?

This question is far too broad for this forum. In fact, entire books have been written on this topic. An extensive review by Wohlrab, Stahl, & Kappeler (2006) "Motivations for getting tattooed ...
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Do straight people exist?

The article you link to mentions that the sample used in the research was women, there is a passing mention of males having slight pupil dilation when shown images of male masturbation. However, the ...
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Has there been research on the impact of gay parents on the sexual orientation of adopted children?

Farr, R. H., Forssell, S. L., & Patterson, C. J. (2010). Parenting and child development in adoptive families: Does parental sexual orientation matter?. Applied Developmental Science, 14(3), 164-...
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Within psychiatry, how is homosexuality discussed or classified?

For something to be a disorder, it must of itself cause a negative outcome for the individual. (As an aside: "...there is a recurring theme among men who live a homosexual lifestyle that they had an ...
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What are the effects of casual sex on men versus women?

My point I find that it is fair to say men benefit from casual sex encounters more than women. Evidence In the Penguin publication the "Red Queen" by Matt Ridley, he writes: Throughout our ...
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Is homosexuality a psychological illness or a natural disposition of a person's sexual orientation?

Disclaimer, we're in the fuzzy zone of psychology where nothing is certain, only likely to be certain, and "likely" is not that close to 100%. Is homosexuality ... A psychological illness? No (...
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Is an avoidance of incest/inbreeding learned or instinctive?

The answer is that we don't really know. It is understandably difficult to conduct experiments on humans in this field, so many theories remain speculative. The two competing forces (nature and ...
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