Personality and Sex
Sexual intercourse and sexuality itself are parts of our lives which demand a plethora of different emotions. We express our personalities, emotions, traits and many different behaviors during sex. Also, our attitude towards sex and our very perception of it can be a mirror of our personality and character.
Thus, this factor is usually very important in diagnosing behavioral problems and personality disorders. Different patients in this area show different attitudes towards sex.
Personality Disorders and Sex
For people who are paranoid, sex is quite an impersonal act. They depersonalize their partners and imagine them not to be human at all. They use sex for anxiety relief and perceive it as a defense breach into other people's territory andvice-versa.
Next are people with avoidant personality disorder and those with schizoid personality disorder. They usually restrain themselves from sex, not wanting to have anything with it, nor with other people. Being asocial in the very core of their behavior, schizoid people desire to be alone, have no interest in the rest of the society and enjoy their ways of life more than anything sex can offer them. Moreover, they do not want relationships with other people. Avoidant personality affects people differently. These people are afraid that other people will criticize them for their personality issues and that they will be rejected. Thus, they prefer the safety of avoidance, not wanting to have anything with other people, let alone sex.
On the contrary, histrionics, which are usually women, are overly seductive. They give their best to attract other people, are very flirtatious and a bit narcissistic. They usually indulge into multiply sexual intercourse cases and have manypartners.
Narcissists and psychopaths react the same, regarding the will to attract others and change many partners. However, while histrionics do this with emotions and desires, narcissists and psychopaths are cold and deprived of feelings.
Finally, people with borderline disorders use their partners in specific ways. Rather, they indulge into sexual intercourse only when they see fit. They can also use sex for punishment of their partners, or for reward in this respect.
On the other hand, codependent people use sex to enslave their partners and are usually prone to submissive, masochistic and experimentalfetishes.
All in all, there are many different sexual attitudes related to different personality disorders. During the diagnosis, this data can be very valuable and is taken into consideration in most cases.