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Bering in Mind

Bering in Mind

A research psychologist's curious look at human behavior

Hearts of Stone: Sexual Deviants in Antiquity

Paraphilias change with the times—and with the materials at hand. One of the reasons that completely new forms of sexual deviancy continue to emerge, while others vanish, is the fact that, as society changes, so too do the cultural factors upon which sexual imprinting occurs...

August 8, 2013 — Jesse Bering

Erotic Vomiting: You’re So Hot You Make Me Barf

“Erotic” and “vomiting” are not words that appear together often—and fortunately so, for most of us. Orgasms and barfing are strange bedfellows, even natural enemies, you might say.

August 7, 2013 — Jesse Bering

Bromidrophilia: Beauty is in the Nose of the Besniffer

“Coming home soon; don’t wash,” Napoleon Bonaparte once wrote to his wife, Joséphine. It’s unclear from this snippet of a love note if the most famous Emperor in French history had a certifiable case of bromidrophilia—a paraphilia in which the individual finds the natural body odors of attractive people to be the most arousing erotic [...]..

August 6, 2013 — Jesse Bering

Paraphilic Infantalism: The Case of the Old Baby

Autonepiophilia , or paraphilic infantalism, involves impersonating a baby to achieve sexual gratification. You may have encountered such pampered individuals on an old episode of Jerry Springer or some other tabloid venue that paraded them out on stage, but in fact these “Adult Babies,” as they refer to themselves, are not as uncommon as you might think...

July 30, 2013

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