Sneezy Does It

There are reports in the medical/psychological literature dating back to the 1890s of sexually induced sneezing in both men and women. But what more is known about the phenomenon?

Obsessive Teeth Whitening and Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Teeth whitening has become a popular cosmetic procedure, but there are anecdotal reports of obsessive and addictive teeth whitening and as a symptom of body dysmorphic disorder.

Tattoos and Sexual Attraction

Scientific studies on women’s tattoos tend to show that most people view them negatively. But does that include sexual attraction?

Vorarephilia and Being Eaten for Sexual Pleasure

Vorarephilia is a sexual paraphilia in which people are sexually aroused by the idea of being eaten. But what do we know psychologically about this rare sexual behavior?

Gaming to Death

Over the past 18 months, there have been a number of gaming-related deaths. But what is it that makes gaming so compulsive and addictive?

Suffocation Roulette And Childhood Choking Games

The ‘choking game’ (known as the ‘fainting game’ and ‘suffocation roulette’) is an example of self-asphyxial risk-taking behaviour. But how prevalent is it and what do we know?

Are You 'Addicted' to Chaos?

The term 'chaos addiction' has been used repeatedly in populist articles but has not been studied empirically. But is it just another term for workaholism or something different?

Addiction to Suicide Websites

In 2011, William Melchart-Dinkel was convicted of persuading two people he met online to commit suicide and of having a “suicide fetish.” But is it really an addiction or fetish?

Shopaholic Frolics

Although shopping is a necessity in life, it is also a leisure activity that can be addictive. But how prevalent is compulsive buying according to the psychological literature?

Addiction and Mindfulness

Mindfulness has increasingly been used in the treatment of a wide range of psychological disorders. But what is the evidence that they can help in treating behavioral addiction?

Eproctophilia Explained

Olfactophilia is a paraphilia in which individuals derive sexual arousal from odours such as eproctophilia (sexual arousal from flatulence). But what is known about this behavior?

Can Playing Pinball Be Addictive?

Does pinball addiction exist? Only one academic paper has ever been published on pinball addiction (a case study) and this blog takes a look at that paper in more detail.

Addiction to Studying

There is little research and no generally accepted definition of study addiction but such behaviour has been conceptualized within research into workaholism.

'Addiction' to Fortune Telling

A recent case study in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions reported the case of a woman ‘addicted’ to fortune tellers. Can such a behaviour really be classed as an addiction?

Can You Be 'Addicted' to Water?

There are various accounts of individuals being aquaholics ("addicted to water). This article examines the literature on psychogenic polydipsia, hyponatraemia, and ‘aquaholism'.

Can Crying Be Sexually Arousing?

There's more to dacryphilia (sexual arousal from crying) than you may think.

Psychology, Monetization, and Video Gaming

Some people appear to become ‘addicted’ to buying virtual assets for gaming. Why do they buy?

Betting To The Beat

The effect of music has been studied extensively in commercial contexts but what does the psychological literature tell us about the effect of music on gambling behaviour?

Psychology And Competitive Gaming

If a player can make a career from video gaming, this raises interesting questions about whether such excessive activity could be a gaming addiction or workaholism.

Shocking Sex Lives

There are many published case reports of autoerotic deaths of people who have died in strange sexual circumstances. This article looks at electrophilia (arousal from electricity).

Loving The Alien

Exophilia refers those individuals who derive sexual arousal from extraterrestrial, robotic, supernatural, or otherwise non-human life forms. These types of sexual preferences could be described as totally impractical as the chances of making love to such entities are arguably negligible. However, some might just be aroused by the fantasy - so does exophilia really exist?

Gambling Advertising And Marketing

Over the last few years there has been a great deal of speculation over the role of advertising as a possible stimulus to increased gambling, and as a contributor to problem gambling (including underage gambling). But can gambling advertising and marketing be done in a more socially responsible way?

Can Bargain Hunting Be Addictive?

A growing number of articles in the print media have claimed that bargain hunting can be addictive for a small minority. But what does the scientific literature say and isn't this just another form of 'shopaholism'?

Can Flying Be Addictive?

There are a few papers in the academic literature that have proposed the idea of ‘binge flying’ and ‘flying addiction’. But can constant flying ever be viewed as a genuine addiction?

Why Do We Like Watching Scary Films?

Why do we love to watch scary horror films? Some psychologists claim people go to horror films because they want to be frightened or they wouldn't do it twice. You choose your entertainment because you want it to affect you. But what else does the literature tell us about the psychology of horror movies?

Dhat Syndrome Explained

One of the more unusual 'culture bound sundromes' is dhat syndrome, typically located in the Indian sub-continent (India, Sri Lanka, Bangladash). Dhat syndrome comprises various psychological, somatic and sexual symptoms particularly psychological distress and anxiety related to perceived semen-loss. But what else do we know about it from a psychological perspective?

10 'Bad' Habits That Can Sometimes Be Good for You

All of us have bad habits, and from time to time feel guilty about them. But some might actually have benefits for psychological or physical well-being. Here are my top 10

Senile Squalor and Hoarding

Diogenes Syndrome (DS) that is sometimes referred to as ‘senile squalor syndrome’ (as it typically occurs in elderly individuals). Hoarding is often a consequence of having DS, and those with DS often live on their own in severe domestic squalor and unsanitary conditions. But what else is known about this rare syndrome?

'New Syndrome' Syndrome

In the 1980s and early 1990s, there seemed to be a real upsurge is the naming of "new syndromes" in the medical literature including many relating to excessive use of technology and other leisure activities. This article takes a brief look at some of the strange medical side-effects of various excessive behaviors that have made their way into the medical literature.

Hypersexual Disorder Debates

Sex addiction appears to be a highly controversial area. Given that "gambling disorder" was reclassified from a disorder of impulse control to a behavioral addiction in the DSM-V, there is now no theoretical reason why other behavioral addictions can’t be added in years to come. So why wasn’t sex addiction included in the latest DSM-V?