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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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Has anyone formally tested Josh Pellicer's theory on human sexual behavior?

Bottom line: No, Josh Pellicer's work is not based on science, not tested, nor peer-reviewed. However, I will qualify this statement slightly below. Many years ago, I listened to a few episodes of ...
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What is the effect of viewing pornography on children?

Pornography laws are a relic of the Victorian era, and not based on any science. Research that can conclusively determine the effect of pornography on children is hard to come by due to the resultant ...
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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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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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How to predict romantic attraction

You are quite astute to have noticed the difference between your stated preferences and actual preferences - most people don't. Yes, there has been a fair bit of research on prediction techniques and ...
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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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Do men have a higher sex drive than women?

The most straight forward ways to quantify people's sex drive, and hence determine if there's any empirical /objective truth to this disparity, are to measure their self-reported interest in sex (...
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What it is called when a mother has sexual desires towards her son?

Jocasta complex syndrome is what you are referring to. In psychoanalytic analysis, the Jocasta complex is the incestuous sexual desire of a mother towards her son. SOURCE
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What are the effects of hebephilia?

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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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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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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What are the effects of casual sex on men versus women?

One factor that should be considered is the culture surrounding casual sex and the social judgments that men and women may experience as a result of casual sex. Conley, Ziegler, and Moors (2012) ...
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Do we repress aggression the same way we repress sexual urges?

There is at least one somewhat influential theory according to which inhibition of sexual urges, aggressive urges, and many others (such as inhibition of racist behaviour for prosocial reasons) depend ...
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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 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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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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How long does physical attraction typically last in a permanent relationship?

I'm not sure I can give you the data purely for physical attractiveness, but what has been intensively researched is passionate love, which includes physical attraction. Passionate love is usually ...
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How important is eye contact for attraction between a man and woman?

While eye contact is certainly important in social interaction I think you should beware pseudoscientific dating advice based on manufacturing "attraction" between men and women. Since this site is ...
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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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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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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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What causes fetishes? Are they sexual disorders?

Having one or more fetishes is very widespread, and thus rather normal. The prevalence of fetishism is not known with certainty.[21] The majority of fetishists are male.[21] In a 2011 study, 30% ...
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Do female victims of rape have an increased risk of becoming a sex offender?

Our social constructs play a big role in influencing how we respond. As with most common cognitive mechanisms - confluence of environmental triggers meet a biological predisposition. Regarding ...
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