Sexual anorexia: A look at inhibited sexual desire.


Describes a severe inhibited sexual desire classified as sexual anorexia. Comparisons between anorexia nervosa and sexual anorexia are made and definitions and illustrations are presented of the 4 most significant characteristics of this self-perpetuating disorder both from intrapsychic and interpersonal levels: (1) control—overt personal control and covert relationship power; (2) fear—fear of losing control and fear of personal sexuality; (3) anger—passive and active expressions of anger based on devaluation; and (4) justifications—an elaborate system of denial, delusion, and misperception. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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