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H. Ümit Sayin


Getting High on Dopamine: Neuroscientific Aspects of Pleasure

SexuS Journal ● Winter 2019 ● 4 (11): 883-906

KEY WORDS:  pleasure center, hedonic hot spot, dopamine, glutamate, oxytocin, NMDA, reward circuit, hedonism, orgasm, motivation, sexual drive

 Abstract: Hedonism and pleasure are one of the main goals of human life. Pleasure can be accepted as a reward for the brain, while the major reward neurotransmitters are dopamine, norepinephrine, oxytocin and glutamate. Boost of dopamine in the “hedonic hot spots” creates euphoria, delight, pleasure, contentment and is associated with happiness. The reward circuitry and pleasure centers in the brain involve the ventral teg-mental area (VTA), nucleus accumbens (NA), substantia nigra (SN), ventral pallidum, insula, lateral thalamus, cingulate cortex, hippocampus, amygdala, medial prefrontal cortex and orbitofrontal cortex. Pleasure is a learned enjoyable phenomenon and pursuing the pleasure principle is one of the crucial goals of human life. . …Read the REST


H. Ümit Sayin




Carlos H. Schenck

Neuroanatomy and Neurochemistry of Sexual Desire, Pleasure, Love and Orgasm

KEY WORDS: pleasure, hedonic hot spot, reward, orgasm, sexual pleasure, pleasure center, cingulate, insula, amygdala, hippocampus, hypothalamus, n. accumbens, ventral tegmental area, addiction, dopamine, oxytocin, liking, motivation, sexsomnia, epileptic sexsomnia

SexuS Journal ● Winter 2019 ● 4 (11): 907-946

 Abstract:  Pleasure is a mental and emotional state that humans and other animals experience as positive, enjoyable, satisfying, giving joy and happiness or worth seeking. It may include other mind states such as happiness, entertainment, enjoyment, ecstasy, and euphoria, with peak experiences. According to the “incentive salience model” pleasure has three components: “wanting and motivation”, “learning” and “liking-pleasure”. Different brain regions cooperatively work together for each of these constituents. Since most of the data to establish this model came from animal studies, for human beings a more profound and complex model needs to be established. ….Read the REST


Oswaldo Rodrigues

et al.

What is seen in a Psychosexual Clinic?

KEY WORDS:  Sexuality, Sexual Health, Sex Research, Brazil, InPaSex, GEPIPS

SexuS Journal ● Winter  2019 ● 4 (11): 947-958

 Abstract: In order to be able to offer clinical sexology in a private environment the authors present some of the studies performed in the past four years within the group. Although mainly a group of clinical psychologists dealing with sex therapy and couples therapy, the group developed the practice of researching new frontiers that may be used in the clinic. The psychotherapy approach of the sexual complaints is initiated with erectile dysfunction treatments by means of systematic desensitization in the 1950’s and is developed throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s upon acknowledgment of other sexual complaints, requiring new organizations for diagnoses and treatments.


Osmo Kontula

Monogamy vs Polygamy

KEY WORDS:  Sexuality, Sexual Health, Sex Research, Finland, Monogamy, Polygamy, Polyamory, Single

SexuS Journal ● Winter 2019 ● 4 (11): 959-978

 Abstract: The focus of this chapter is to evaluate how strong the tendency among Finns still is to form only one, lifelong relationship. We will also take a look at the number of sexual partners that those who enter relationships without being in love have had. In addition, we will discuss same-sex sexual experiences and analyze what unites those who have had numerous sexual relationships. Finally, we will summarize the practical significance of love in relationship formation


H. Ümit Sayin


 Asiye Kocatürk

APA’S DSM-5 HDSI Proposal Re-Assessed: Female Perspectives

KEY WORDS:  hypersexual disorder, APA, DSM-5, nymphomania, Kafka, mental illness, psychiatric disorder, HDSI

SexuS Journal ● Winter-2019 ● 4 (11): 979-990

 Abstract:  American Psychiatric Association (APA) revised and updated the DSM-IV into DSM-5 in 2013; DSM-6 is said to be on the way. DSM Manual is globally used for the diagnosis of psychiatric disorders. In 2013 APA was about to define a new psychiatric disorder, enti-tled as “Hypersexual Disorder” (HD); however, many criteria defined by Martin P. Kafka for the proposal were unclear, ambiguous and questionable, which was criticized by psychiatrists and medical doctors fiercely. APA dropped the proposal. ..read THE REST


Carl Anton Paul Ruck


Persia, Haoma and the Greek Mysteries

KEY WORDS:  haoma, lycanthropy, Dionysus, Medea, Demeter, toxin

SexuS Journal ● Winter 2019 ● 4 (11): 991-1034

Abstract: In the mythological tradition, the Greeks traced tribal affiliations with the Persians through Perses, the son of the hero Perseus, and with the Medes through the sorceress Medea’s son Medos. They also traced family ties with the Egyptians through the Argive Greek cow-maiden Io and with Phoenicia through Europa, abducted by Zeus metamorphosed into a bull, and through Perseus’ Phoenician bride Andromeda, and through Cadmus of Boeotian Thebes, and further ties with Egypt through Perseus’ visit to his great female ancestor’s African homeland...read THE REST