Although commonly tagged as a psychological disorder, if safe, fetishism can be an enjoyable experience for those engaging in the practice, ISU experts say. Fetishism is a type of psycho-sexual disorder where individuals have intense fantasies that involve intense sexual urges or sexual fantasies through non-living objects, said Norman Scott, associate professor of psychology. Scott, who teaches Psychology , an abnormal psychology class, said fetishism is classified under the category of paraphilia, which he described as "an attraction to something that's different. Robert Hensley, graduate student in human studies and family development, said there are a number of ways one possessing a fetish can become aroused by their preferred object. Hensley, who teaches HDFS , a human sexuality course, said those who possess fetishes will usually keep their activities private from others.
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