Exhibitionism

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An exhibitionist is a person who practises exhibitionism as a psychological alteration of the human behaviour that neither implies the need to exhibit the genitalia or buttocks nor alterations of the psychiatric condition of the individual (although sometimes this occurs, see below).

In this type of exhibitionism, the individual shows a tendency to an extravagant behaviour and the need to captivate the attention of others. The person can act in several forms, by competing to be the "first", adhering to a particular fashion, ostentation (in different forms), showing him/herself in a pre-determined form, posing, being bombastic, etc. In this type of exhibitionism the above-mentioned forms can appear isolated or as a group of manifestations. People showing this type of personality are sometimes called extravagant instead of exhibitionist. Generally this type of exhibitionism does not have legal implications, unless the individual shows an aggressive or criminal behaviour.

There are other exhibitionists that practise a sexual type of exhibitionism called indecent exposure, which is considered a criminal exhibitionist practice in many jurisdictions.

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  • Merriam-Webster gives three definitions: "a perversion in which sexual gratification is obtained from the indecent exposure of one's genitals (as to a stranger); an act of such exposure; the act or practice of behaving so as to attract attention to oneself.
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