Compassion, Dominance/Submission, and Curled Lips: A Thematic Analysis of Dacryphilic Experience

Greenhill, R. and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2015. Compassion, Dominance/Submission, and Curled Lips: A Thematic Analysis of Dacryphilic Experience. International Journal of Sexual Health, 27 (3), pp. 337-350. ISSN 1931-7611

PubSub3130_Griffiths.pdf - Post-print

Download (387kB) | Preview


Paraphilias are often discussed in the psychological literature as pathological problems, yet relatively little research exists that looks into non-pathological paraphilias (i.e., non-normative sexual interests). Empirical evidence suggests that many individuals incorporate a range of non-normative sexual interests into their sexual lifestyles. Dacryphilia is a non-normative sexual interest that involves enjoyment or arousal from tears and crying, and to date has never been researched empirically. The present study set out to discover the different interests within dacryphilia and explore the range of dacryphilic experience. A set of online interviews was carried out with individuals with dacryphilic preferences and interests (six females and two males) from four countries. The data were analysed for semantic and latent themes using thematic analysis. The respondents' statements focused attention on three distinct areas that may be relevant to the experience of dacryphilia: (i) compassion; (ii) dominance/submission; and (iii) curled-lips. The data provided detailed descriptions of features within all three interests, which are discussed in relation to previous quantitative and qualitative research within emotional crying and tears, and the general area of non-normative sexual interests. The study suggests new directions for potential research both within dacryphilia and with regard to other non-normative sexual interests.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Sexual Health
Creators: Greenhill, R. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Routledge for the World Association for Sexual Health
Date: 2015
Volume: 27
Number: 3
ISSN: 1931-7611
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 09 Dec 2015 15:04
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:58

Actions (login required)

Edit View Edit View


Views per month over past year


Downloads per month over past year