Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Elucidating Unconscious Drivers in Clandestine Sexual Practices: Means and Methods for Ego-Syntonic Dynamic Sexual Consent
by Hicks, Jessica Maria, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2019, 68; 13807668
Abstract (Summary)

This hermeneutical research presents correlations between unconscious trauma responses and resultant sexual desire and behavior. Trauma reactions include reenactment, repetition compulsion, reverse reenactment, fawning, and dissociation. Clandestine sexual practices are often conducted surreptitiously, may co-occur with sexual paraphilia, and may include: infidelity; anonymous and group sex; pornography, cybersex, and virtual reality sex; sex with dolls and robots; and prostitution, strip clubs, and sex workers. The American Psychiatric Association’s criteria for pathology are explored along with sex-positive psychology’s position on the role of consent in diagnosing paraphilic disorder. Clinical manifestations of sexual distress including paraphilic and physiological disorders, sexually transmitted infections, sexual addiction, and related somatic and mood disorders are considered. Theories of ego-syntonia, ego-dystonia, and sexual consent are examined. Clinical applications include psychoeducation on unconscious trauma responses, a depth psychological approach to sexual content, explication of the original dynamic sexual consent theory and assessment tool, and frameworks for ego-syntonic sexuality.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Mohan, Angela
Commitee: Jacobson, Gioia, Steffora, Thomas
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 58/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Sexuality, Social psychology, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Erotic transference, Infidelity pornography, Kink/BDSM, Sexual consent, Sexual trauma, Trauma responses
Publication Number: 13807668
ISBN: 978-1-392-03648-8
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