I am a content box for offcanvas navigation
I am a content box for offcanvas navigation
I am a content box for offcanvas navigation


Red Flag in Paraphilic Interests


Christian Joyal

Professor of Psychology
Get AccessFull Video

Rate this product!

Content: Several studies among sexual offenders have consistently shown that paraphilic interests are significant risk factors for criminal behavior. But is this also the case for the general population? In other words, do paraphilic interests predict criminal behavior among people from the general population? What are the implications of paraphilic fantasies for one’s sexual behavior? These questions have been of particular interest to Cristian Joyal, Professor of Psychology from Canada, who has conducted a series of studies to better understand the implications of sexual fantasies for sexual behavior. Inspired by his recent study* on the concordance and discordance between paraphilic interests and behaviors, we asked Prof. Joyal to share the most clinically significant research findings with us. Prof. Joyal goes well beyond the specific paper and walks us through the research questions that gradually built what is known today. He synthesizes years of research results and explains why it is important to understand the implications of sexual fantasies, how they have been studied, and what findings are the most important. At the end of this stimulating talk, Prof Joyal presents the specific factors that sexologists should look out for when a client has paraphilic fantasies because these have been associated with a higher risk for criminal behavior. Prof. Joyal’s insights and understanding of the current data on sexual fantasies are stimulating and highly significant for clinical practice.


* Joyal CC, Carpentier J. Concordance and Discordance between Paraphilic Interests and Behaviors: A Follow-Up Study. J Sex Res. 2021 Oct 12:1-6

Produced in 2022

Christian Joyal

Professor of Psychology

Christian Joyal, Ph.D. is a neuropsychologist, professor at the psychology department, University of Quebec (Trois-Rivières, Canada) and researcher at the National Institute of Legal Psychiatry Philippe-Pinel (Montreal, Canada).

His domains of research interests include paraphilias, their definitions and their neurological or neuropsychological correlates, as well as sexual fantasies and their functions in general and among sexual offenders.

Related Content

The Clinical Management of Shame (Part 1 & 2)

Relationships, Attachment and Sexual Functioning

"This isn't an affair!?"

Michael Perelman's Fundamental Contribution to Sex Therapy

Raymond Rosen's Fundamental Contribution to Sexology (Part 1 & 2)

Explaining the Sexual Tipping Point: A Guide to Enhance Your Sex Therapy Practice (Part 1 & 2)

Rosemary Basson's Fundamental Contribution to Female Sexuality (Part 1 & 2)

Red Flag in Paraphilic Interests

Sexual Behaviors of Asexuals

Stanley Althof's Fundamental Contribution to Sex Therapy

Table for More than Two: How to Manage Consensual Non-monogamy in Couple Sex Therapy (Part 1 & 2)

Chem Sex: Management Strategies for Sexologists (Part 1 & 2)

Sexual History Taking for Female Sexual Dysfunctions (Part 1 & 2)

Treating Compulsive Sexual Behaviors: Beyond the Addiction Model (Part 1 & 2)

Sexual History Taking for Male Sexual Dysfunctions (Part 1 & 2)

Making and Expecting a Baby: How to Prepare a Couple for the New Sexual Challenges (Part 1 & 2)

An Integrated Model to Assess and Treat Compulsive Sexual Behavior Disorder (Part 1 & 2)

Understanding Kink/BDSM Practices Amongst Gay/Bi Men (Part 1 & 2)

Management of Psychopharmachology for Sexual Function

From Literature to Clinical Practice: Which hints should sexologists take from evidence based medicine

Reaching a Precise Diagnosis in Female Sexual Dysfunctions

Advantages and Limitations of Using the Internet to Implement Research in Sexology

The Interconnectedness of Sexual Arousal, Desire and Pleasure

How can Sex Survive Through Menopause

Treating Female Sexual Dysfunctions: Important Things I Have Learned in my Career

Facing the Challenge of Paedophilia: Diagnosis and Treatment Options

Clinical Management of Sexual Difficulties in Psychiatric Patients

Spotlighting Women's Orgasm

Sex with Robots: Therapeutic Challenges and Opportunities