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 (păr′ə-fĭl′ē-ə, -fēl′yə)
1. A condition, such as exhibitionism or masochism, in which sexual gratification is derived from activities or fantasies that are generally regarded as atypical or deviant.
2. Such a condition when it causes distress or impaired functioning in the individual or actual or potential harm to others; a paraphilic disorder.

par′a·phil′i·ac n.
par′a·phil′ic n.


(Psychology) a person with paraphilia
(Psychology) of or relating to paraphilia
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The title is Paraphiliac Perversions and it should be released in a few months.
Overwhelming evidence indicates that our current system of treating paraphiliac sex offenders is failing us; indefinite incarceration has proven unsuccessful, considering the high recidivism rates.
In the case of a paraphiliac who is civilly committed under the Sexually Violent Predator laws, the assumption is that this person will not be able to control himself if released into society, just like a wild beast cannot help but kill.
Note: this is behavior that many people might classify as paraphiliac.
Some studies reported a preferential decrease in paraphiliac interests with an increase in conventional sexual interests, although this may be related to placebo or halo effects--patients may have reported an increase in conventional interests because they noticed a decrease in paraphiliac interests.
Among the most notable films shown on the website are Nadia Kamal's acclaimed documentary feature "Salata Balady" (Oriental Salad) and Nick Holt's "Guys and Dolls," a BBC feature about the relationships of single paraphiliac males with their life size, anatomically correct dolls.
Second, the median values of the number of victims per paraphiliac are significantly lower than the mean (average) values, which indicate that a small percentage of paraphiliacs are responsible for a disproportionately large amount of the sex offenses.
In addition, self-reports indicated reductions of actual paraphiliac behavior, fantasies, and urges in the natural environment.
At this time of pedophiliac and paraphiliac scandal within the Catholic Church [G&LR, July-Aug.
This capitulation often ends in the perpetration of a sex crime while the paraphiliac attempts to act out his fantasy.
In the section on Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders, DSM-IV states that "the paraphiliac focus of Frotteurism involves touching and rubbing against a nonconsenting person" (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 1994, p.