Sexual Addiction or Simply Cheating?Scott A Johnson*
Licensed Psychologist, Minnesota, USA
- Corresponding Author:
- Johnson SA
Licensed Psychologist, Minnosota, USA
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Received Date: September 01, 2016; Accepted Date: January 27, 2017; Published Date: January 30, 2017
Citation: Johnston SA (2017) Sexual Addiction or Simply Cheating? J Forensic Res 8:368. doi:10.4172/2157-7145.1000368
Copyright: © 2017 Johnson SA. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Sexual addiction has become the catch-all for infidelity, cheating, and promiscuity. The problem is that the experts in the field of sexual addiction have promulgated these misperceptions and misdiagnoses. The wealthy and famous appear to have mental health field in their pocket to use as a get-out-of-jail-free card, to have an excuse for having engaged in affairs or promiscuity or the use of prostitutes. Sexual addiction was defined similarly to how the DSM-5 has defined substance use disorders. Following those diagnostic criteria, as well as how Carnes et al. defined sexual addiction, it appears that the rich and famous do not meet the diagnostic criteria for sexual addiction. They do appear however to meet the criteria for infidelity, cheating, sense of entitlement, and promiscuity. And what about sexual offenders who claim to be sexual addicts? They may or may not have a sexual addition however they are also sexual offenders.