Sleeping Beauty syndrome (Somnophilia )

Somnophilia (from Latin 'somnus' = sleep and Greek φιλία, '-philia' = love), or sleeping princess syndrome[1] or Sleeping Beauty syndrome[2], is a paraphilia in which sexual arousal and/or orgasm are stimulated by intruding on and awakening a sleeping stranger with erotic caresses, but not with force or violence.[1][3] The eye-rolling before fainting may also cause arousal. Somnophilia may also refer to having sex with a sleeping partner or rubbing against the body with the private parts or hands. There is no literal term for the reciprocal paraphilic condition of being the recipient, which more often occurs in fantasy than in reality.


1. ^ a b Butcher, Nancy (2003). The Strange Case of the Walking Corpse: A Chronicle of Medical Mysteries, Curious Remedies, and Bizarre but True Healing Folklore. New York: Avery, p. 134. ISBN 1583331603. OCLC 52107453.
2. ^ Laws, D. Richard; William O'Donohue (1997). Sexual Deviance: Theory, Assessment, and Treatment. New York: The Guilford Press, p. 408. ISBN 1572302410. OCLC 37180958.
3. ^ Flora, Rudy (2001). How to Work with Sex Offenders: A Handbook for Criminal Justice, Human Service, and Mental Health Professionals. New York: Haworth Clinical Practice Press, p. 92. ISBN 0789014998. OCLC 45668958.

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