Refers to the phenomenon in which an individual has difficulty in, or is unable to, manage their sexual behavior. Despite the negative consequences.  It has also been called ‘sexual dependency, and ‘sexual compulsivity.’ Sex addicts engage in distorted thinking, often rationalising and justifying their behavior and blaming others for problems. They generally deny they have a problem and make excuses for their actions .

  Generally, a person with a sex addiction gains little satisfaction from the sexual activity and forms no emotional bond with his or her sex partners. In addition, the problem of sex addiction often leads to feelings of guilt and shame. A sex addict also feels a lack of control over the behaviour, despite negative consequences (financial, health, social, and emotional) .

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