Paraphilia is a word used in sociology and medicine. It is like many other medical terms because it comes from Greek. It means that someone is sexually aroused by people (or by things) that are unable to return their affection. The word can also be used to refer to sexual practices which are bad for the mind or body and is a mental disorder.
When doctors of medicine talk about paraphilia, they usually mean one of the following, among other things:
- Dendrophilia - Sexual attraction to trees
- Emetophilia - Sexual arousal from vomiting or watching others vomit
- Exhibitionism- Wanting to expose oneself to strangers
- Fetishism- Sexual arousal by non-sexual objects, like shoes or tongues
- Frotteurism- Sexual arousal by rubbing against strangers
- Klismaphilia - Sexual arousal from enemas
- Masochism- Wanting to be hurt physically
- Necrophilia - Sexual attraction to corpses
- Pedophilia- Wanting to have sex with children
- Sadism- Wanting to hurt people
- Urolognia - Enjoying urinating on people, and/or having people urinate on him
- Voyeurism- Sexual arousal by looking at strangers doing sexual things
- Zoophilia - Feeling sexually attracted to animals
The respective behaviour is only classified as paraphilia if it is the only means for the person involved to get sexually aroused, for a considerable time.
When normal people talk about paraphilia, they usually mean non-mainstream sexual behaviour.
Homosexuality used to be considered a paraphilia, but this is no longer the case in most of the world.