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Posted by drmarkgriffiths. In the film American Psychothe anti-hero Patrick Bateman played by Christian Bale contains a scene in which while having sex with two female escorts, looks at himself in the mirror admiringly. Even when one of the escort girls tries to attract his attention, he seemingly prefers to look at himself rather than the women he is making love to. Quite clearly a narcissistBateman may have also been a kataptronophile.
According to Dr. However, I examined this in a blog and most credible sources state that spectrophilia relates to those who derive sexual arousal and pleasure from having sex or sexual thoughts about ghosts. It may include activities such as having sex in front of mirrors, masturbating in front of mirrors, enacting other paraphilias in front of a mirror, having an orgy in front of a mirror, or enacting stripping fetishism in front of mirrors.
Enacting katoptronophiliac fantasies may involve constructing environments for erotic activity in which one is completely surrounded by mirrors, sometimes including even on the ceiling. On first look, katoptronophilia appears to be a sub-type of voyeurism where the key distinguishing feature is the use of mirrors as part of the voyeuristic act.
Technically, kataptronophilia is a sub-type of scoptophilia sometimes called scopophilia. The condition in which a person is dependent on looking at sexual organs and watching their coital katoptronophilia disorder in order to obtain erotic arousal and facilitate and achieve orgasm. It is not surreptitious, as in voyeurism. The reciprocal paraphilic condition is sometimes also referred to as scoptophilia; or by its own name, autagonistophilia.
Just complicate things a little further, many online definitions of mixophilia which as in the definition by Dr. Pranzarone above appears to be another word for scoptophilia often mention mirrors in the definitions. This is katoptronophilia disorder to the definition for mixophilia in the online Gay Slang Dictionary that notes:.
Usually this means watching themselves perform in a mirror. InMark Pendergrast published his cultural history of mirrors Mirror, Mirror: A History of the Human Love Affair with Reflectionbut did not specifically examine katoptronophilia although did mention the sexual use of mirrors.
The one thing I learned was that the Etruscans [an ancient Italian civilization originating around what is now known as Tuscany] often featured sex scenes painted on the back of their mirrors. In relation to why katoptronophilia exists, one online snippet I came across claimed that:. It is a combination of narcissism and degradation and a feeling of over powering dominance. Many people enjoy having sex in front of mirrors and have mirrors in their bedrooms in which they can watch themselves have sex. They sometimes engage in this activity for their personal enjoyment.
Aggrawal A. DeMure, K. Word of the week: Katoptronophilia. Lust Puddle, November 6. Forbidden Light Katoptronophilia: Love for mirrors. Journals of an Intelsexual, December 4. Milner, J. Paraphilia katoptronophilia disorder otherwise specified: Psychopathology and theory. New York: Guilford. Pendergrast, M. New York: Basic Books. Pranzarone, G. The Dictionary of Sexology. Bookmark the permalink. Pingback: Mirror, mirror on the wall: A brief look at katoptronophilia! You are commenting using your WordPress.
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