A fetish refers to an intense sexual fixation on a generally unsensual object, body part or situation. Some individuals with extreme fetishes, or paraphilias, may not even be able to become sexually aroused or climax without their chosen fetish. According to the American Psychiatry Association, most fetishists are men.
There are all different types of fetishes, ranging from run-of-the mill to over the top. Some of the most common fetishes involve feet, hair, spanking and leather. Fetishes on the more unusual end of the spectrum, however, involve robots, urine, insects, amputees and even cannibalism.
Think you have a fetish? Well, you're certainly not alone. It's estimated that the majority of people actually have some sort of fetish, whether they know it or not. So-called "normal" fetishes - regardless of the object of fixation - typically add nothing more than a little extra excitement to a person's sex life. Although some fetishes may seem odd, most fall within the confines of normal psychological behavior. A fetish may be considered a psychological disorder, however, when it is so overwhelming that it encroaches on a person's everyday activities, causing mental distress and possibly erratic behavior.
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