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Two Unusual Psychosexual Syndromes: Erotomania and Frottage

Two Unusual Psychosexual Syndromes: Erotomania and Frottage

Two Unusual Psychosexual Syndromes: Erotomania and Frottage

Dr Louis Franzini PhD
Dr Louis Franzini PhD

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Launch date: 06 Sep 2016
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Last updated: 21 Dec 2018

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This course presents two of the most unusual human sexual behavior disorders. Each syndrome is a relatively rare, yet an extraordinarily intriguing pattern of behavior. These men and women have fashioned highly unorthodox means of gratifying their basic needs for love and attention. These syndromes are typically ignored or receive only mere mentions in most abnormal psychology textbooks. Yet, these individuals could very well appear in mental health professionals’ practices as inpatients or outpatients. They have clear forensic implications as well.

As Guarnaccia and Rogler (1999) recommended, “Clinicians who serve an increasingly culturally diverse population need to know more about such syndromes.”

Each syndrome is presented with a full description of its typical symptoms, relevant case histories, brief theoretical descriptions from the psychodynamic and behavioral perspectives, and the recommended treatments according to the best available current knowledge.

The Syndromes

Erotomania: Lonely individuals who imagine being loved and cherished by a rich, famous, or powerful lover. Their delusions reach levels of true paranoia and often include excessive preoccupation with matters sexual. This syndrome of obsessive loving can include dangerous stalkers, such as depicted in Glenn Close's suicide and stalking victim Michael Douglas' 1987 movie “Fatal Attraction.”

Frottage—Males, and very rarely females, who experience sexual arousal, sometimes to orgasm, by surreptitious rubbing against strangers in public places. This is a paraphilia, which can be defined as assault under the law. It typically occurs in crowded situations, such as subways, popular bars and clubs, or elevators. Sometimes the victim is unaware of the sexual implications of the contact. And sometimes not.


Guarnaccia, P. J., & Rogler, L. H. (1999). Research on culture-bound syndromes: New directions. American Journal of Psychiatry, 156, 1322-1327.


Objective 1:
To define erotomania and de Clerambault syndrome.
Objective 2:
To distinguish primary erotomania from secondary erotomania.
Objective 3:
To describe the implications for therapists of the “Tarasoff decision.”
Objective 4:
To define the primary characteristics of “borderline erotomania.”
Objective 5:
To describe the role of hallucinations in erotomania
Objective 6:
To name helpful strategies that a therapist can recommend to patients who are being stalked by erotomanics
Objective 7:
To classify frotteurs as mandated by DSM-V.
Objective 8:
To describe available treatments for frottage
Objective 9:
To illustrate the variations of frotteuristic disorders
Objective 10:
To present arguments for and against the value of treating frotteuristic behaviors.
Dr Louis Franzini PhD

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Dr Louis Franzini PhD

Louis R. Franzini, PhD, received his B.S. degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, his M.A. degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Toledo, and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. He then completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Behavior Modification at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (now Stony Brook University). Following the postdoctoral program, Dr. Franzini joined the Psychology Department at San Diego State University where he spent his entire academic career. He retired as Emeritus Professor of Psychology. His international academic experience included a number of appointments as Distinguished Professor of Psychology. Dr. Franzini is licensed as a psychologist in Florida and in California.

Current Accreditations

This course has been certified by or provided by the following Certified Organization/s:

  • Association of Social Work Boards
  • 2.00 Units -
    Exam Attempts: 3
    Exam Pass Rate: 70
  • National Board for Certified Counselors
  • 2.00 Units
  • American Psychotherapy Association (APA)
  • 2.00 Units

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