Hypersexual disorder is conceptualized with the behavioral-cognitive
inhibition (BCI) theory. The current article focuses on the following aspects: (a)
triggers of dysfunctional sexual behaviors and fantasies, (b) dysfunctional
beliefs of excessive sexual behaviors and fantasies, (c) negative
interpretations of triggers of sexual behaviors and fantasies, (d) excessive
sexual behaviors and fantasies as avoidance behaviors, (e) consequences of
excessive sexual behaviors and fantasies vs. healthy coping strategies, (f)
sexual behaviors as inhibitors of distressing memories associated with negative
beliefs, (g) sexual fantasies and other valued memories as inhibitors of
dysfunctional memories associated with negative beliefs, and (h) behavioral
activation of valued activities as inhibitors of sexual behaviors and
distressing memories. Some important issues are discussed.
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