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Abstract: Ten characteristics that can indicate sex addiction.

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Written by: Wendy Moelker, Psychologist in charge, tutor, Emergis center for mental health care, Goes, the Netherlands.
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 22 Jul 2008.

What is sex addiction?


Here are ten characteristics that can indicate sex addiction:

  • Uncontrollable sexual behaviour;
  • Considerable consequences caused by sexual behaviour;
  • Not be able to stop despite these considerable consequences;
  • Persistently pursue self-damaging behaviour or behaviour that carries with it big risks.
  • A continuous wish or attempt to limit the sexual behaviour;
  • Sexual obsession and fantasizing are a primary survival strategy;
  • A need to practice sexual behaviors more and/or more often, because the current level is not enough.
  • Spend abnormal amounts of time to get or have sex or to recuperate from the sexual experiences.
  • Neglect of important activities in the field of work, relations, home front and daily pastime because of sex.
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