In psychology, what does the term "perversion" refer to?

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Michael Ugulini eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In psychology, the term "perversion" refers to a socially disapproved or unpermitted kind of behavior. More particularly, it usually refers to sex-related conduct. Psychology is a scientific discipline. It studies psychological and biological process in humans. It also studies this in animals. Sexual behavior (in psychology) is regarded as pathological by its deviation from "normal" sexual desire. 

Typically, perversion chooses aberrant sexual behavior. This term, most used normatively, implies statistical abnormality as well as psychological disorder, deviance or unnaturalness. The Psychology Dictionary defines abnormal as all things atypical, unordinary, or considered outside of the norm. In essence, perversion is defined as deviation from the normal way of behavior, whether it be sexual or some other behavior.

Sexual deviation is sexual conduct or sexual fantasy outside of that which is morally, biologically, or legally sanctioned. However, philosophical writings on sexual perversion confirms the struggle or complication of differentiating the uncommon from the perverted.

For scores of individuals, sexual psychological completeness as well as communicating emotions sexually do comprise an ideal. In contemporary society, psychologists typically refer to non-traditional sexual behavior assexual deviation. In addition, in cases in cases where the specific object of arousal is unusual, psychologists refer to this a paraphilia. Paraphilia is a condition in which an individual's sexual arousal and gratification rely on imagining or fantasizing about and involving in sexual behavior that is atypical and extreme. 

zumba96 | Student

In Psych the term perversion is referring to being a pervert. Other people do not see this as a normal behavior and doctors or psychologists refer to this as people who find sexual pleasures in what would not be considered normal or thinking something is sexually stimulating when in fact it isnt normal and this is creepy