apotemnophilia love


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A compulsion to become, or appear to be, an amputee.


Coined in a 1977 paper by J. Money et al. in the Journal of Sex Research,, from Ancient Greek ἀπό (apo-, "away") + τέμνω (temno) +‎ -philia. (Wiktionary)


  • Smith has elsewhere speculated that apotemnophilia is not a psychiatric disorder but a neuropsychological one, with biological roots.

    A New Way to Be Mad

  • But just what counts as apotemnophilia is part of the problem in explaining it.

    A New Way to Be Mad

  • If sexual desire, even paraphilic sexual desire, can be directed toward one's own identity, then perhaps it is a mistake to try to distinguish pure apotemnophilia from the kind that is contaminated with sexual desire.

    A New Way to Be Mad

  • Smith, in agreement with many of the wannabes I have spoken with, believes that apotemnophilia is closer to gender-identity disorder, the diagnosis given to people who wish to live as the opposite sex.

    A New Way to Be Mad

  • Clinicians and patients alike often suggest that apotemnophilia is like gender-identity disorder, and that amputation is like sex-reassignment surgery.

    A New Way to Be Mad

  • His example is the disorder called apotemnophilia, whose sufferers are so obsessed with the belief that one or more parts of their body are not supposed to be there that many eventually attempt to amputate the offending parts.

    Historical ideations of starvation and amputation.

  • In 1977 the Johns Hopkins psychologist John Money published the first modern case history of what he termed "apotemnophilia" — an attraction to the idea of being an amputee.

    A New Way to Be Mad

  • The amputation version of this is called apotemnophilia, it is often compared -- inaccurately, I have come to believe, and apparently I'm not the only one -- with gender dysphoria, and it is considered a frequently contagious condition which has on many occasions spread as an idée fixe through media such as internet bulletin boards, where idle visitors have read about the "condition" and thought to themselves, "Aha!

    I learn from US TV (gasp!) and even more from my E ticket ride.

  • Whether apotemnophilia or its healthy converse is a low-level or high level function probably varies.


  • To say that it's akin to apotemnophilia, the desire for limb amputation when the body-image is defective, is technically true, but highly misleading.



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.