Monday, September 8, 2008
Apodysophilia or exhibitionism, also known as Lady Godiva Syndrome is a psychological disorder that involves "the need and pattern of behavior involving the exposure of parts of the body to another person with a tendency toward an extravagant, usually at least partially sexually inspired behavior to attract the attention of another in an open display of bare "private parts" — i.e., parts of the human body which would otherwise be left covered under clothing in nearly all other cultural circumstances."
Most of you might have known that I have been a victim of exhibitionism. A few weeks ago while I was getting the mail, a neighbor (who lives a few doors down from us) clear his throat and when I looked over, he was in his birthday suit with his front door open. A friend of mine told me that it is normal because I am in the United States. But that is wrong. Even in this sexually free culture, showing yourself naked to other people is NOT NORMAL.
Back in school, we learned that there are different mental disorders that are sexual in nature. Most of you are probably more familiar with sadism, masochism, bestiality and others however, this form of disorder is quite common and in some cases, harmless. Take mooning and flashing, for instance, most teens love to flash or moon just for the heck of it. In most cases, it is not wrong to do so but you must not cross the line and offend other people.
Exhibitionism only becomes a threat when that person would do anything in his power to gain a persons attention that he/she thinks is entitled to but does not get in other aspects of his/her life.
We reported this incident to the apartment manager and he said that he would look into it. A few days later, we learned that other tenants have also seen him in the nude in broad daylight! Our manager saw this as a sign and informed the person responsible for this despicable act. It is indeed despicable because there are kids as young as 4 years old who live in the apartment complex and they might see him in all his naked glory.
Yesterday, his wife came in and apologized for his behavior and told us that she asked him to leave. She was appalled by what her husband did and didn't want their son exposed to such displays.
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