What Is Necrophilia?

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Necrophilia is the term used to describe sexual acts involving corpses (whether directly or indirectly) as well as the sexual attraction to corpses, whether or not one acts upon said attraction. Although necrophilia is currently listed as a mental disorder in the DSM, its classification as such is highly debated by mental health professionals. Many of those who identify as necrophiliacs may attest that their sexual urges do not directly impact their quality of life.

It is currently unknown what causes one to express a sexual interest in dead bodies as little successful research has been conducted on the matter. However, research has been conducted which has given us a glimpse into the sexual preferences that precede necrophilia in the first place. For example, a team of professionals surveyed a variety of self-proclaimed necrophiliacs regarding their perceived reasoning for their preferences. A large majority of applicants stated that they prefer a sexual partner who will not resist their advances. Although we know a bit about necrophiliacs’ sexual preferences, there is still more research to be done.

Is It Normal?

Necrophilia is abnormal in the sense that it is not a common occurrence. While one cannot be entirely sure that those who claim they have no such desires are being completely honest, the amount of the population which admits to having such thoughts is extremely low. On the other hand, necrophilia tends to be viewed more favorably by those outside of the demographic when compared to some other instances of paraphilia (pedophilia, etc.).

You’ll notice that, unlike other paraphilia cases, many countries actually have no federal laws directly banning the act, perhaps suggesting that lawmakers and the general public aren’t outright concerned with such acts. So, while nercophilia isn’t “normal” in the traditional sense of the word, many countries and societies will, at the very least, allow it to take place within the confines of one’s own home. At the same time, other laws (such as those against grave robbing) may make it hard for one to commit such acts in the first place, though this has no bearing on necrophilia’s legality or general acceptance.

Can Necrophilia Be Treated?

Typically, necrophiliacs aren’t likely to seek out treatment, as such sexual desire is unlikely to harm the person in question or those in the person’s close vicinity. However, those who wish to be rid of their sexual urges may seek out treatment to varied success. Although treatment for necrophilia isn’t yet a perfected science, some patients have achieved success through professional treatments.

Through a mix of therapy, drug and hypnosis treatments, a necrophiliac may find that their sexual urges aren’t always mandatory. However, the success rate among such treatments is far from 100%. Future success rates will likely climb as necrophilia becomes more understood by mental health care professionals.

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