What is Perversion

Perversions are defined as unusual sexual urges or behaviors that are recurrent and sexually arousing and involve unusual activities, objects or situations and cause marked distress to self and others.

Is it abnormal ?

The perversions are considered abnormal when the fantasies, sexual urges or behavior causes marked distress to self and others. Often in abnormal cases, such activities leads to disturbance in routine work like education, occupation and other areas of social interaction.

What causes Perversion ?

Following social factors have been attributed to such problems :

  • Childhood sexual abuse and trauma.
  • First shared sexual experience.
  • Social restrictions and prohibitions.
  • Examples set up by parents and media.

Besides this it has also been found that persons with such problems also have abnormal levels of hormones and other neurological problems like epilepsy, etc.

The Problem

The exhibitionism

Exhibitionist repeatedly indulges in sexually arousing behavior that involves exposure of one’s genitals to an unsuspecting stranger. The person suddenly exposes himself and watches the reaction of the victim which may be a surprise, disgust or fright. Such persons also indulge in similar sexually arousing fantasies. The problem is more common in men. This problem often lead to fights with strangers and legal hassles and despite this they are not able to leave this habit.


In this the person derives sexual pleasure from non-living objects that are intimately associated with human body, for example female undergarments, shoes, gloves, etc. Usually the problem starts around adolescence and tend to run life long.

Frotteurism In this the person derives sexual pleasure by rubbing his penis against the body parts of a fully clothed, non-consenting women. They carry on such acts in the crowded places like buses, cinema halls, etc.


Pedophiles have intense sexual urge towards children (usually under 13 or younger). Most of the time the act is heterosexual usually by a man against a girl. Alcohol is an important contributing factor.

Sexual Masochists

A masochist has a recurrent preoccupation with sexual urges and fantasies involving the act of being humiliated, beaten, bound, or otherwise made to suffer. This problem is found in both the sexes but is more common in men.

Sexual Sadism

This involves recurrent, intense, sexually arousing fantasies or behavior involving acts in which the psychological or physical suffering of a victim is sexually exciting to the person. Some sadist-rapist even kill there victim for sexual gratification (lust-murders).


Such persons derive sexual pleasure by observing an unsuspecting person who is naked or in the process of disrobing or engaging in sexual activity.

When one should seek treatment ?

One should seek help if 

  • If the problem is causing marked distress to self and others.
  • When there is impairment in social and occupational life.
  • If one wants to leave it but is not able to do so
  • When directed by court of law.

Whom to Visit ?

A qualified Psychiatrist is the best person to deal with such problems.