Paraphilias and Sexual Obsessions Talk w/ Rachael Bell
Air Date: March 9, 2012
Rachael Bell has master’s degrees in both Clinical Forensic and Health Psychology and worked for Time Warner’s Crime Library (previously Court TV) for more than a decade researching, reporting and writing more than 70 in-depth feature stories on major criminal cases, such as O.J. Simpson, the Green River Killer, Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy. She has also worked for more than a decade as a mental health therapist in psychiatric hospitals and forensic institutes in Europe and the United States, specializing in adult, adolescent and teenage male and female sex offenders, as well as with patients with other psychiatric problems. Her vast experience in the realm of abnormal psychology and the legal system has provided her with unique insight into understanding criminal and deviant behaviors.
A sexual obsession can simply begin as a fantasy, which then evolves into a compulsion that the individual believes must be acted upon. Some of these compulsions, like pedophilia and exhibitionism are reasonably well understood ─ and are unfortunately all too common. This story addresses compulsions and fetishes that are much more exotic. In most cases, it is hard to imagine that people engage in them. The sexual obsessions are so weird as to almost be entertaining, except that when they are acted upon, they can lead to serious injury, criminal assault, and death.
As an expert in sexual deviation, Rachael Bell is the perfect writer to address this subject. Not only has she researched this area thoroughly in her work and writings, she has treated numerous people for sexual obsessions. Rachael has written more than 70 major feature stories for Time Warner’s Crime Library, most of which are very serious analyses of major crimes and criminals like the Atlanta child murders and the FBI investigation of the 2001 anthrax attack. Her sense of humor and her appreciation for the absurd, however, infuse her stories about “crimes below the belt.”
- Meet Rachael Bell! (1:20)
- Bell describes how her fascination began in abnormal psychology, and shares her career
- background in crime and paraphilic behaviors. (3:50)
- Paraphilic behaviors and their components are defined by Bell. (7:20)
- The DSM-IV-TR in reference to recurring deviant sexual behaviors and disorders are discussed. (8:40)
- Sex offenders and their culpability are challenged. (12:20)
- Sexually deviant behaviors are discussed in relation to the media, and how it has affected the views by society. (15:50)
- The source of how paraphilias develop are covered, bringing up nature vs. nurture. (16:40)
- A listener calls in to ask Rachael Bell a question. (18:45)
- Neurological disorders, neuropsychology, and endocrinology are discussed. (22:00)
- Bell discusses her excellent book, “Sexual Obsessions Gone Wrong.” (24:25)
- Paraphilia and paraphilic disorders are compared. (30:10)
- Autoerotic asphyxiation is discussed in relation to controversial deaths, such as David Carradine, among others. (32:40)
- Bell shares more insight on some of the obscure paraphilias covered in her book. (35:00)
- Joey and Arie play a game with 3 callers, giving them all a copy of Rachael Bell’s book! Thanks for being a good sport Diane! ( 39:20)
- When paraphilias or sexually deviant behaviors surface in ones life, both men and women, are debated. (51:00)
- Piquerism is defined,… and disturbing. (53:00)
- Sexually deviant behaviors with a violent tendency displayed at a young age are debated, in terms of a possible law enforcement tool for early detection of a serial killer. (55:50)
- The second listener is on air to play a game with Rachael Bell for a copy of her book! Thanks for being a good sport Kim! (61:00)
- Our listener asks Rachael Bell a question. (67:25)
- The final listener to play the game, a personal friend of Arie’s, is on air to win a copy of
- Rachael’s book! Thanks for being a great sport Sandra Alonso! (69:10)
- Rachael Bell shares advice on how parents can detect a paraphilic behavior in their child.
- A listener calls in to ask a question. (82:48)
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