The Psychology of Financial Dominatrixes

There have been an increasing number of media reports about women who demand money from men who in turn get sexual pleasure from the activity. But why?

Workaholism and Psychiatric Disorders

There has been an increasing amount of research into workaholism but was is the relationship between work addiction, ADHD, OCD and depressions?

The Psychology of Animal Torture

Why would anyone want to deliberately inflict pain on a defenseless animal?

Mechanophilia Exposed and Explained

In a society where more people are spending more time with technology and machines, is there evidence that some people are sexually aroused by machines?

The Rise of Daily Fantasy Sports

Fantasy sports have changed dramatically over the last few years and now include daily versions where people pay to play. But is it a form of gambling or a game of skill—or both?

Box Set Bingeing (Revisited)

Research into 'box set bingeing' (watching a whole TV series in one sitting) has grown over the last few years and now there is a new psychometric scale that assesses it.

Halloween and Fancy Dress

Halloween is around the corner and many people will be in fancy dress on October 31st. But what do we know about the psychology of dressing up more generally?

Can Cycling Be Addictive?

There has been an increasing amount of research into exercise addiction and it's sub-types. One such type is 'cycling addiction' but can it really be classed as an addiction?

A Brief Look at Medical Student Syndrome

There is some empirical evidence that some particular sub-groups of people appear to suffer hypochondria-related disorders relating to the medical conditions they are studying

Poetry as an Addiction

It was recently argued that the act of writing poetry can potentially meet some of the criteria for addiction and has been termed 'poesegraphilia.' This post takes a closer look.

Can Thumb Sucking Be Addictive?

Thumb sucking is a common behavior in young children but a small minority carry on the behavior into their adulthood. Is this problematic and could it be described as addictive?

Is the Concept of "Internet Addiction" a Misnomer?

Internet addiction is now a widely studied phenomenon. However most research shows that a minority of people have addictions on the internet but rarely to it.

Screenagers and Technology Use

There has been a lot of debate about how much time children should spend in front of screens. I argue content and context of screen time is more import than the amount of time.

Are Olympians Addicted to Exercise, Work or Neither?

Olympic athletes are dedicated to their profession and spend hours every day training and exercising. But are Olympic athletes addicted to exercise, their work, or neither?

The Truman Show Delusion

Watching reality television shows do not cause psychotic or delusional episodes. However, those with underlying illnesses (e.g., schizophrenia) may develop a Truman Show Delusion.

Addicted to Gossip?

It's often said that everyone loves to gossip. But are there people who gossip a bit to much? Are there individuals that are actually addicted gossip?

Internet Gaming Disorder vs. Internet Addiction Disorder

In the DSM-5, Internet Gaming Disorder is seen as synonymous with internet use disorder (IUD) and internet addiction (IA). Empirical evidence clearly shows this is not the case.

The Search For Happiness

"Beware of Destination Addiction - a preoccupation with the idea that happiness is in the next place, the next job and with the next partner" (Robert Holden)

Sexual Trophies, Murder, And Addiction

When it comes to the collecting of ‘sexual trophies’, most research relates to more criminal sexual deviance. But what does the literature say and can it be addictive?

Gambling, ADHD, OCD and Kleptomania

Papers in psychiatric journals have claimed that many of the characters in the Star Wars movies have underlying psychopathologies including pathological gambling, OCD and ADHD

Nazi Fetishism

Examples of Nazi fetishism can be found in both musical content and films but what do we know about it from an academic and psychological perspective?

Erotic Lactation

Lactophilia is a sexual paraphilia where individuals (typically male) derive sexual pleasure from watching women lactate. But what do we know about this sexual behaviour?

Gambling, Sex, And Gaming In Virtual Reality

There is little scientific evidence (as yet) that individuals have become addicted to virtual reality (VR) applications. However, could the new VR applications be addictive?

Can Quilting Be an Addiction?

There is academic research on the psychology and sociology of quilting and online reports of the quilting hobby being "addictive". This article separates the fact and the fiction.

Sports Betting Via Smartphones

Mobile phone betting provides convenience and flexibility, and from a gaming operator’s perspective, provides gambling on the move. The future of sports gambling is here already.

Crush Fetishism And 'Animal Torture Porn'

A crush fetish is where individuals derive sexual arousal from watching someone of the opposite sex crushing things (including animals). But can people really be turned on by this?

Excessive Email Use and How to Curb It

Email use and excessive checking of emails has become an integral activity in many people's lives. This blog is my guide to curbing email use to make it more manageable.

The Myth of the Addictive Personality

The concept of 'addictive personality' is often used to explain addictive behaviour. This article argues that the concept of addictive personality is a complete myth.

Eating Disorder, Sexual Paraphilia or Something Else?

Zoophagia is the practice of eating live animals and/or drinking their blood. But what do we know about this rare human behaviour?

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?