When discussing paraphilias, it is useful to distinguish between having a paraphilia and having a paraphilic disorder (Blanchard, 2010a). Historically, psychologists and psychiatrists have viewed virtually all paraphilias as disordered behavior; in the DSM-5, however, a distinction has been made between unusual sexual interests that are relatively harmless and those that are actively harmful (Lehmiller, 2017).
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Step 1: Take a moment to think about the direct quotation above, this will be the focal point of your paper, think critically about this as you write your essay.
Step 2: Write your reflection essay. Place the quote at the top of your paper, below the title. Follow the quote by a line space. On the next line begin the body of your paper. In 300 to 400 words ( in meaningful, well organized paragraphs) defend your belief that there is an important truth or lesson, to be gleaned from this quotation. Essentially, your job is to clarify what the lesson to be learned is and to then strongly (and thoughtfully) defend why you think the lesson is vital.
To help you think about your topic and to write a well-organized essay, consider (and answer) these questions:
What truth or lesson is being communicated by this quote?
Why is this truth or lesson so important?
How do your, or others, experiences and observations relate to and support this truth or lesson?
In what ways does this lesson make logical sense to you?
In what ways does this lesson make emotional sense to you?
How might this lesson be relevant to your, or others, life and career?
Why do some fail to live as if this truth or lesson were important?
Why might some suggest this truth or lesson is not important?
How would you defend the truth of this lesson from those who disagree and believe the lesson is not important?
What can we do (at an individual, community, or society) to make this truth or lesson better recognized or practiced?
In the writing of your essay, present your answer to these questions in a sequence of well-developed paragraphs (not bullet points).
You are encouraged to be creative in your reflections. Your reflections may include, when pertinent, links to media, pictures, or other supporting resources.
Step 3: Write a Discussion Question that Would Prompt Further Dialog on the Topic. End your reflection essay with a line space and then post a single, relevant, provocative, open-ended question that you believe would prompt further debate and reflection by readers on the topic addressed in your essay.
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