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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 26 (1984) 8, 550 - 563

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Hyperseksualiteit vanuit psychodynamisch perspectief

M. Hebbrecht, R.A. Pierloot

This article describes the most important psychoanalytic concepts regarding the phenomenon of hypersexuality. Unusually frequent heterosexual contact is, by no means, a form of sexual 'supernormality'. Hypersexuality is determined and governed by different intrapsychic needs and reflects a deficient integration of love and sexuality. Stoller's psychoanalytic conceptualization of sexual perversions seems to be the most elaborated theoretical framework. But hypersexuality may also have a specific function in the actual interpersonal context. The psychodynamic concepts and their therapeutic implications are critically evaluated.