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1. Having the capacity to compel: a frightening, compulsive novel.
2. Psychology Caused or conditioned by compulsion or obsession.
A person with behavior patterns governed by a compulsion.

com·pul′sive·ly adv.
com·pul′sive·ness, com′pul·siv′i·ty (kŏm′pŭl-sĭv′ĭ-tē, kəm-) n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.compulsivity - the trait of acting compulsively
trait - a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
obsessiveness, obsessivity - extreme compulsiveness
workaholism - compulsiveness about working
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Treating quadruple diagnosis in gay men: HIV, sexual compulsivity, substance use disorder, and major depression--exploring underlying issues.
Building on these findings, use of online cruising sites has also been shown to facilitate sexual compulsivity and distract some men from daily activities (Grov et al., 2008).
Those in the at-risk group do not have histories of sexual compulsivity. These individuals might never have a problem with sexual compulsivity if it were not for the Internet.
It has been suggested that BDD and OCD share similar features, including perfectionism, compulsivity, and avoidance (Allen & Hollander).
The authors present an overview of sexual addiction and explore the relationship between Internet use and sexual compulsivity. The role of Internet use in gay men's sexual behavior is described.
Recent research has suggested that men who frequent the Internet may demonstrate greater levels of sexual compulsivity (Cooper, Delmonico, & Burg, 2000; Cooper, Putnam, Planchon, & Boise, 1999; Halkitis & Parsons, 2003).
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By abstaining from all sexual compulsivity, Anne was able to understand that her lack of desire for a baby represented her attempt to stop the transmission of pain and shame to subsequent generations.
An SSRI may be a better first choice when the aggressive response to provocation is less rapid-fire and where there appear to be elements of compulsivity and difficulties with self-control, he said.
The Sexual Goals Questionnaire, the Behavioural Inhibition System/Behavioural Activation System Scale, and the Sexual Compulsivity Scale were also completed concurrently with the MFOS, and yielded results that supported the MFOS's convergent and discriminant validity.
Patrick Carnes for the treatment of sexual addiction and sexual compulsivity. IITAP also administers the Certified Multiple Addiction Therapist (CMAT) for therapists who complete the task-centered curriculum for more than one addiction.
But such behavior is also characterized by the compulsivity of all the neurotic styles.