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Having a level of interest or involvement in sexual activity that is higher than some norm or expectation, often used to indicate that the high level causes problems for the individual, such as personal distress or impairment of social or emotional functioning.

hy′per·sex′u·al′i·ty (-sĕk′sho͞o-ăl′ĭ-tē) n.


extremely or excessively sexual or given to sexual activities


(ˌhaɪ pərˈsɛk ʃu əl)

unusually or excessively active in or concerned with sexual matters.
hy`per•sex`u•al′i•ty, n.
hy`per•sex′u•al•ly, adv.
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In making the diagnosis of hypersexual disorder, it is important firstly to differentiate the disorder from normal sexual behaviour.
These scholars described people of African descent using language such as: emotional/impulsive, negligent, slow, intellectually inferior, lazy, hypersexual, and prone to crime.
Current review of hypersexual disorders research, along with documented evidence offered by treatment providers, demonstrates that the number of researched and reported "cases" of "sexual addiction" now greatly exceeds documented past research and reporting of several sexual disorders currently defined and classified in the DSM-IV-TR (prominent examples include fetishism and frotteurism).
Such imagery implicates you, viewer, in its luridness--for the gaze inexorably gravitates toward the nipples, vaginas, and penises that plainly peep through the transparent clothing in which McCarty garbs her young, hypersexual figures.
Krueger also outlined the proposed definitions for fetishistic disorder, frotteuristic disorder, transvestic disorder, hypersexual disorder, and voyeuristic disorder, as well as sexual masochism disorder.
While she uses a term normally defined as either masculine or gender-neutral, the more widely applied term "mulatto," because of the feminized, hypersexual nature of her narrative, it is clear Walker is self-consciously performing as tragic "mulatta.
Beatty fashions Gunnar's Bildungsroman with an eye toward deconstructing the race man, but also as a way to dismantle configurations of hypersexual black masculinity.
If GHB were used as a date-rape drug, the victim would not necessarily need to lose consciousness to participate in sexual activity with a sexual predator--the hypersexual effect of the drug could act like a "love potion" that would sway an otherwise unwilling person to have sex.
They furthermore reported that men with a history of CSA, compared to men with no such history, were up to five times more likely to report sexuality-related problems, being hypersexual, having difficulty controlling sexual feelings and had more fears about intimate relationships.
In particular she writes, stereotypes about the oversexed, too-strong black women and the emasculated, hypersexual black man continue to influence our behavior as we challenge, and even channel, those myths in sometimes destructive ways.
In spite of its innately camp premise, the novel is as dark, violent, and hypersexual as Barker's best-known work.
Regardless, the dominant group often labels Latinos as hypermasculine (machismo) because their behavior, when judged by hegemonic standards can consist of aggressive and hypersexual characteristics.