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Necophilia Essay

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Running Head: Psychological Effects on the Abnormal Individual.

Necrophilia: And It’s Psychological Effects on the Individual
Shamara Mills

The College of New Rochelle-Rosa Parks Campus
Human Sexuality PSY502 ARDA
Research Paper
Instructor: Nunez

Necrophilia is a type of paraphilia listed in the DSM 5th edition in which the person has a sexual attraction to corpse. In this study I will examine the psychological effects of this disorder on the abnormal individual. I will take a look into different types of abnormal individuals and their personal behaviors. Some of the abnormal individuals I will discuss in this study are: Serial killers, teens with ...view middle of the document...

The necrophile which is usually a man always show similar characteristics of one another. They often have poor self-esteem and are usually afraid of rejection. They usually have also lost a significant person to them. At this point they develop an obsessive fascination of the corpse usually because he desires a sexual partner that can’t reject him. Studies show that majority of nercophiles fail at making sexual connections with the living so they tend to choose a corpse as they mate in a means of having control.
Although. Almost all societies view necrophilia as being a taboo many groups and publications have fought for the legalization of necrophilia acts. The act is referred to as “The NecroErotic”. The Necro Erotic tries to justify their actions by arguing that “all human rights cease the moment a person draws their last breath”. However, to the abnormal individual the sexual urges and arousal they get from the corpse is indeed nothing less than appropriate in their eyes.
There are many different medical treatments for necrophilia. Treatment is not usually giving to the patient until their urges become problematic. Many people suffering from necrophilia learn to simply live life with their fetish and never act on their urges. Once the patient becomes involved in the dysfunctional acts of the disorder they are treated with psychotherapy and medication depending on how advance the condition is. Hypnosis, Drug therapy, Behavior therapy and Psychoanalysis are just a few of the general treatments used to treat necrophilia. Depending on the level of dysfunction usually bought on by guilt and shame will determine if you go to inpatient or an outpatient form of therapy. They also have 12 steps programs available for the necrophile that are designed to help them with their social skills and their sexual addictions.
According to Dr. Philip Resnick and Dr. Jonathan Rosman, there are three main types of what they call “true” necrophilia. The use of corpse already dead for sexual pleasure they refer to as regular necrophilia. Necrophilia fantasy is when you envision the acts but don’t act on them. Necrophilia homicide is murder to obtain a corpse. They did a study of 122 cases (88 from world literature and 34 from unpublished cases), majority of the people fit into the regular necrophilia category with more than half of them working with the dead in some aspect. Rosman and Resnick reported this as their findings of samples of necrophilacs: 68% were motivated by a desire for an unresisting and unrejecting partner, 21% by a want for reunion with a lost partner, 15% by sexual attraction to dead people, 15% by a desire for comfort or to overcome feelings of isolation, 11% by a desire to remedy low self-esteem by expressing power over a corpse (p. 159).
Many serial killers who engaged in necrophilia had a lot of comparison. All of the serial killers who engaged in necrophilia were men. Majority of the men were loners as children and were sexually...

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