Sexual Desire

Updated: FEBRUARY 3, 2020

Sexual desire pertains to a person's interest or motivation to engage in sexual activities. It may be a wish, need, or drive to interact with the object of sexual desire. Desire is subjective. Cues that trigger sexual desire are different for each person. In the same, reaction to desire varies per person. It is not always followed by overt sexual behavior.

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According to American psychologist Stephen B. Levine, desire manifests differently in each person. This manifestation is represented in a spectrum that ranges from disinclination to passion. He suggest that sexual desire is driven by three components: wish, which is ebbed by cultural and social norms; motivation, which is psychological; and dive, which is physiological. This suggests an ability to control sexual desire as long as a a person understands what drives it.


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