Paraphilia

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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, amongst other things:

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.