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Tickling Fetishism    

Tickling Fetishism is a fetishistic disorder or paraphilia in which sexual interest typically centers ontickling or being tickled by another person.Paraphilias are a group of persistent sexual behavior patterns in which unusual objects, rituals or situations are required for sexual satisfaction. Although mild forms of these conditions probably have occurred in the lives of many normal people, a paraphilic person is distinguished by the insistence and relative exclusivity with which his or her sexuality focuses on the acts or objects in question without which orgasm is often impossible.

This disorder is also known as knismolagnia and is the experience of gaining sexual gratification or excitement by the mode of tickling. Erotic tickling may involve the physical restraint of a submissive partner by a dominant partner and both sexual partners may agree upon when to stop tickling. Tickling Fetishism does not normally interfere with the rights of others, except in an incidental way such where the partner has an objection to being tickled.

Different individual derive pleasure from tickling different parts of the body such as the navel, feet, nipples, armpits, ribs, sides, stomach and the genitals. Some individuals may even derive sexual gratification or satisfaction by watching others being tickled.

Treatment:

One of the most prominent problems in the treatment of this disorder is that most tickling fetishists do not seek professional treatment for the condition, but rather receive it only when they have been caught in the act or on request of their sexual partner. Thus, their motivations for change may often stem from a desire to do it for someone else rather than from a genuine desire to change.

Treatments that combine cognitive and behavioral elements have been moderately successful in effecting changes in deviant arousal and behavior patterns of fetishists. Moreover, there is increasing evidence that these treatments can result in significantly reduced rates of recidivism than seen in untreated individuals.

Another key component of treatment involves techniques commonly known as aversion therapy— aversive conditioning to deviant sexual fantasies. Although early treatments tended to use electric shock as the unconditioned stimulus, in the past 15 years greater success has been found using assisted covert sensitization which involves having the patient imagine a deviant sexual arousal scene. At the point where arousal is high, the patient imagines aversive consequences and a foul odor is introduced via an open vial or an automated odor pump to help condition a real aversion to these deviant scenes.

 
 

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