This article has been cited by other articles in PMC. Abstract Sexual motivation is a fundamental behavior in human. For a long time, this behavior has been somehow ignored from psychological and neuroscientific research. In this article — reflecting the collaboration of a clinical psychologist and a neuroscientist — we show that in the current period, sexual affiliation is one of the most promising affiliation context to articulate a debate, a dialog and convergence points between psychoanalysis and neuroscience. Recent data on healthy sexual behavior and its compulsive variant are discussed under the prism of neuroscience and psychoanalysis. We are far from the censure of the early 20th century when kissing scenes were simply cut from cinematographic reels. Sexuality has become recreational, and even imperative.
Is she a nymphomaniac? Filmmaker Lars von Trier is reigniting debate on the subject with his controversial new big screen, Nymphomaniac. The story of a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who recounts her erotic experiences, the film consists of four hours of explicit sex. Publicity posters describe the naked A-list cast in orgasmic release, ensuring controversy prior to its Christmas Day release in Copenhagen. This controversy is bad for women. Leeches, borax and bed rest Descriptions of nymphomania first appeared in the s. The male version of the analysis, satyriasis, was rarely applied; it was hard to imagine men wanting also much sex. But the powerful sexuality of the nymphomaniac posed a danger to civilisation. As the German sexologist, Richard Freiherr von Krafft-Ebbing , acknowledged in : Woe unto the be in charge of who falls into the meshes of such an insatiable Messalina, whose sexual appetite is never appeased.