Sexually Addictive Behaviors According to Levels of Severity* Level One:
  • Masturbation
  • Affairs, chronic infidelity, romance addiction
  • Sexual relationships with multiple partners
  • Pornography use and collection (with or without masturbation)
  • Phone sex, cybersex
  • Anonymous sex
  • Prostitution – strip clubs
Level Two:
  • Illegal prostitution
  • Public sex (bathrooms, parks, etc.)
  • Voyeurism – online or live
  • Exhibitionism
  • Obscene phone calls
  • Frotteurism
  • Stalking behaviors
  • Sexual harassment
Level Three:
  • Rape
  • Child molestation
  • Obtaining and viewing child pornography
  • Obtaining and viewing rape, snuff pornography
  • Sexual abuse of older or dependent persons
  • Incest
  • Professional boundary violations (clergy, police officers, teachers, physicians, attorneys,
  • etc.)
*Severity relates to cultural and legal standards regarding violation


  1. Could you qualify the behaviors in Level 1 and 2? Obviously, masturbation is normal, and there is, presumably, a normal level of porn use, voyeurism, etc. When do these behaviors qualify as “addictive” or pathological?

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