When Are Fetishes Considered Normal, Abnormal, or Dangerous?
Fetishes were never normal to begin with, so fetish disorder can never be considered normal. Fetishes are always considered abnormal by definition. Getting sexually aroused from unusual objects is already abnormal in itself.
A fetish is considered dangerous if a person harms other people or inflicts self-harm. Unfortunately, it is a fact that some people get sexually aroused by doing self-harm and hurting others.
Moreover, animal fetishes are also considered dangerous since people can get sick when they perform sexual acts on animals. Parasitic worms can make their way inside the human body and cause cysts in the lungs, brain, heart, kidney, and spleen. If this is not treated, it can adversely affect the health.
How Does Fetish Disorder Develop?
Fetishes usually develop from the beginning of traumatic experiences, but there are also other causes as well. Many fetishes start to develop during childhood.
Examples of Fetishes
There are many fetishes that exist. Some of the most common ones are:
- Foot fetishes: This type of fetish is most common in men. When people have a foot fetish they get sexually aroused by the sight of feet and enjoy performing sexual acts on the feet such as licking, touching, or sucking.
- Bondage and Discipline, Dominance and Submission, Sadism and Masochism (BDSM): This type of fetish includes power exchanges between sexual partners. What this means is there is one person who is dominant and the other one is submissive. In addition, objects used in bondage are common in BDSM fetishes.
- Animal fetishes: There are some people who get sexually aroused from animals, and sadly, some even perform bestiality.
- Other body parts: This includes hair, hands, toes, etc.
- Non-living objects: This includes shoes, underwear, other undergarments, and objects made out of leather or rubber.
Can Fetish Disorder be Cured or Outgrown?
Fetishes can be treated by seeking help from professionals. Some common treatments for fetish disorder are psychotherapy, aversion therapy, and cognitive-behavioral therapy.