Is a paraphilia simply an atypical sexual attraction, or is there more to it?
It was my understanding that a paraphilia will tend to have at least some of the following characteristics:
- Developed in early childhood or as a result of a traumatic childhood experience
- Recurring fantasises
- The attractive is of a greater intensity then is considered normal
- Paraphilias can be considered treatable
There are perhaps other characteristics I have not considered here. The point is that paraphilias seem to be defined by more than just a sexual attraction, bur are rather a sexual attraction in combination with one or more defining characteristics.
I think this quote from the wiki page on paraphilia is relevant:
A 2012 literature study comparing homosexuality with paraphilias confirmed that homosexuality was sufficiently dissimilar from the paraphilias as to be considered an unrelated construct.
So, does a paraphilia have more symptoms (not sure if this is the correct terminology) than a sexual orientation? Or is it just a matter of definitions and classification?