Anthony Weiner's behavior now arises to Paraphilic Disorder. Update October 2016. Consider DSM-V.
a) now perhaps committing a crime (sexual exploitation of a minor); and
b) furthering that activity using a computer with others' material on it,
c) disregarding the negative likely consequences affecting involuntary third parties.
Effect: These behaviors arise to the level of Paraphilic Disorder according to DSM-V, suggests this Everyman's Observer. Anthony Weiner's disregard of the harsh negative effects of his storing his means of communication on computers where others' information is stored seems to require a strong diagnosis of pathology.
- It is predictable that his behavior would invite legal examination in drawing in a minor, if he did; it is predictable, then, that material of others on his means of communication would then be exposed.
- Did he also back up the other's information there, or did Huma Abedin do that herself, and did she use that computer as a primary sender as to some or all? There is now a serious impact on voters, even if not Weiner's own voters any more.
Sexting diagnoses. What category?
reach the clinical-intervention level of Paraphilic Disorder.
- Descriptive: To some, the Weiner Conundrum Syndrome is exploitive, foisting reasonably anticipated edgy visual and text on others without advance consent; it is a power play. You are worthless, I do what I want, is the communication. Can't catch me. I am beyond accusation. It disrespects women, is clueless, says the wise Pelosi. Keep going: Flawed candidate judgment, self-control, trust diminution. Can one who uses women in this way be trusted to represent their interests against other impositional behavior.
- Pathology: Not necessarily, but with the negative impact by his behavior on his constituents' confidence in his judgment, trustworthiness, the harm he does to himself may tip the descriptive to the pathological.
- And so the media and chatter go on. My interest in what concrete diagnoses from the DSM-V might address Mr. Weiner's situation. The Pope says he will not judge one group of relationships, and Buddha proposes a similar non-judgmental approach: generosity, compassion, wisdom, see http://martinlutherstove.blogspot.com/2013/07/buddha-and-weiner-exposure-disorder-or.html
I. Old DSM-IV.
A. Paraphilia is something like intense arousal to atypical objects or situations, with a spectrum range from the harmless to the threatening. Nobody has found a bright line between unusual or merely out-of-norm sexual tastes and paraphilia. Amateurs head to Wikipedia's Encyclopedia for a reasonable overview -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paraphilia/ Learn that the behavior qualitatively may or may not be illegal-criminal. It may be a mere choice, something that pleases the person. To change the behavior (as when there is harm or other pressure to change), requires long term therapy, and there should be subject to immediate interventions if there is danger to self or others, or the activities may create legal problems for themselves, see http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/guide/paraphilias-overview?page=3
B. Paraphilic Disorder. The behavior-spectrum paraphilia rises to paraphilic disorder as a matter of consequences, not a description of the act itself: Tthe person experiences distress from it, or is impaired by it, or the behavior is or is likely to cause harm to others.
New DSM-V. These two categories, found in the old DSM IV and leading to different conclusions as to treatment, have been combined into one category where both the qualititative description (a place on the spectrum) and the consequences occur or are likely to. That is the new Paraphilic Disorder.
That, in the new DSM-V, leaves the first category, the mere paraphilia, as meaning simply not in the norm. There is no pejorative. A person may have non-normative sexual preferences, but no harm no foul. Paraphilia does not mean psychopathological.
The old qualitative description of Paraphilia of DSM IV, the description; was separated from the consequence side, the old Paraphilic Disorder of DSM IV