One of the questions I commonly receive about MRI research on pedophilia is: How do we know what causes what? Comparing the brain scans of pedophiles with non-pedophiles gives us a correlation, and correlation does not necessarily mean causation.
It is true that correlation does not equal causation, but that does not mean we are powerless about it either. To understand how to attack this kind of problem, we need to recall a few important (but pretty rarely discussed) principles of science:
14 April 2012
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03 March 2012
So, popcorn in hand, I was expecting a re-telling of a daytime, self-help cliché: abuse in childhood, causing addiction in adulthood, hitting rock bottom, resolved by confronting past abuse. (Probably followed by falling in love for the first time, after finally completing some period of sexual abstinence.) Instead, I saw situations very close to what I do see in therapy.
01 March 2012
Is there a professional term for one who derives sexual pleasure from watching himself masturbate in the mirror? I assume I’m not the only one who sees cases like this (albeit only 2 over the last 5 years—both with totally different personality disorders and sex crimes). Does anyone have a reference for literature on the phenomenon?