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Aberration (Latin ab, from or away + errare, to wander), a deviation or wandering, especially used in the figurative sense as:

--http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aberration [Sept 2004]


aberration. (lat. the action or condition of erring on the wrong side) Originally a term used in medieval theology to describe heresy, i.e. "false religious belief". Later applied by doctors to "false sexual behavior". However, since objective criteria do not exist in the realm of human behavior, the term is simply a value judgement and as such unscientific (see also "deviation" and "perversion") --Glossary of Inappropriate Scientific and Professional Terms --http://www2.hu-berlin.de/sexology/GESUND/ARCHIV/GLOSS.HTM [Aug 2004]

Sexual Aberrations (1923) - Wilhelm Stekel [...]

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    The term paraphilia was coined by Viennese psychotherapist Wilhelm Stekel (in his book Sexual Aberrations) in 1925, from the Greek para- (beside) + philos (loving), and first used in English in Stekel's translated works. It was not in widespread use until the 1950s, and was first used in the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" (DSM) in 1980. It was used by Sigmund Freud, as well as by the sexologist John Money. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paraphilia [Sept 2004]

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