Obsessive Selfie-Taking

The taking of selfies has become hugely popular but recent research suggests that some individuals have what has been termed selfitis, the obsessive taking of selfies.

The Psychology of Obscene Telephone Calling

Obscene phone calling has existed for decades yet there has been little research into it. What do we know about it psychologically?

Gambling Sports Advertising

Sports gambling advertising is now commonplace, but there is little research on it. Two studies examine junk food, gender and alcohol in gambling ads.

Gambling On Sports

Gambling on sporting events is an incredibly popular activity, but what evidence is there that this particular type of gambling can be problematic?

The 10 Things I Learned From David Bowie

It has been alleged that David Bowie had many addictions during his career (cocaine, sex). Despite such alleged behavior, David Bowie taught me lots of things. Here are 10 of them.

"Cremainlining" Explained

Over the last 20 years, there have been stories about individuals that have accidentally or deliberately snorted the ashes of another person. But does 'cremainlining' really exist?

Smoking Fetishes Examined

Those individuals with smoking fetishes (capnolagnia) are presumed to be rare but there has been a growing amount of psychological research looking at sexualised smoking behavior.

Psychology, Art, And Body Fluids

The use of bodily fluids as part of art works appears to be on the increase. But what is the psychological motivation and is there an association with mental disorders?

Acuphagia and Eating Metal

There are many reports of pica (the eating of non-nutritive items such as coal, hair and wood). One sub-variant of pica is the eating of metal. But what do we know about it?

Blindness Fetishes Explained

Amaurophilia is a sexual paraphilia where the individual derives sexual pleasure and arousal by a partner who is blind. But what else do we know about this rare sexual behavior?

Obsessive Record and CD Collecting

A personal insight into the psychology of a record-collecting completist.

The Compulsive Online Shopping Scale

A recent scale assessing shopping addiction (the Compulsive Online Shopping Scale) added one word to a previously published scale. So when is a new addiction scale not new?

Excessive Tattooing on Film

Excessive tattooing has been central to many storylines featured in films. This article takes a brief look at the psychological themes of the tattoo obsessives in some of the films

The Psychology of Hoaxing

Hoaxing behaviour is nothing new but there are many types that may or may not have serious consequences for individuals. But what do we know about the psychology of hoaxing?

Sexual Mummification

Some claim that mummification as a sexual fetish is on the increase. But what do we know about this sexual behavior from a psychological perspective?

Religious Self-Harm

Some masochistic behaviours including self-flagellation have religious (rather than sexual) motivations. But what are the psychological reasons that motivate such behavior?

Excessive Rubik's Cube Use

Reports of excessive Rubik's Cube use have continually surfaced over the last 35 years. But is there any evidence that playing a Rubik's Cube can be addictive?

Sex, Footwear, Fashion, and Fantasy

For a small minority of people, shoes can become a sexual fetish either on its own or overlapping with other sexual paraphilias. But what do we actually know about shoe fetishism?

Back From the Dead

Lazarus Syndrome refers to the spontaneous return of blood circulation after the person has been declared dead. But what do we know about this very rare phenomenon?

Excessive Gaming and Pain Perception

Some suggests that use of smartphones and videogames can be addictive. However, there is also evidence that such use can have therapeutic benefits, like reducing feelings of pain.

Genital Drug Injection

Genital drug injection appears to be a rare behaviour but there are a number of recorded cases in the medical literature. But what do we know about this extreme behaviour?

Hyphephilia Explored and Explained

Hyphephilia is a paraphilia in which individuals derive sexual arousal from touching skin, hair, leather, or fur. But what do we know about such tactile fetishistic behavior?

Sex and the Internet

The Internet has enabled people’s engagement in a wide variety of online sexual behaviours. For a small minority, such behaviors may take on addictive qualities.

Tickling Fetishism Explored

Arguably one of the most obscure paraphilias is knismophilia (sexual arousal from tickling). This post explores tickling fetishes by examining online resources about the behavior.

Drug Use And Creativity

A recent systematic review of the psychological literature reviewed all studies that provided empirical data on the relationship between psychoactive substance use.

David Bowie's Life at the Extremes

David Bowie was one of the most interesting people that ever lived. With an ever-shifting persona he sometimes lived life at the extremes (addiction and an interest in the occult)

Sex And Water Fetishes

Water-based fetishes and paraphilias appear to be rare but there are various references to it in both the popular and academic literature. To find out more, read on.

Excessive Knitting and Addiction

Knitting has been the subject of academic interest bit what does the psychological literature say about excessive knitting as an addiction?

Donald Trump and the 'Golden Showers' Allegations

Over the last day or so, stories have cited unverified claims that Donald Trump paid prostitutes to urinate in front of him. But what do we actually know about urophilia?

Hypnosis And Sexual Health

Seduction through mind control (i.e., erotic hypnosis) has a long history in Western culture but what do we know about hypnosis and sexual health from a psychological perspective?