Are highly educated men more susceptible to sex addiction?
Posted by temasektimes on May 6, 2012
The recent charging of 48 men for having commercial sex with an underage prostitute stunned the entire nation not only because of the sleazy nature of the crime, but because of the background of the men being implicated – many are highly educated, white-collar working professionals who are married with kids.
Among them are 9 civil servants, a senior banker, a company director, a senior vice-president of a private company, lawyers, a senior police officer, the former principal of Pei Chun Public School Lee Lip Hong and prominent grassroots leader and high-ranking MOE official Chua Ren Cheng. Their ages range from between 21 to 48 years old.
Are highly educated and qualified men more susceptible to sex addiction, an illness akin to gambling addiction?
According to experienced counselor from the Institute of Mental Health Viknesan SB, the majority of men seeking help for sex addiction are between 20 and 50 years old.
“They are mostly university graduates and professionals. They are either married or have a regular sex partner,” he said in an interview with Lianhe Zaobao.
Consultant psychiatrist Dr Ong Kai Cheng explained that the men in this age group faced extreme stress in their work and lives and sex becomes a convenient channel for them to ventilate.
However ‘We care’ family service center director Prem Kumar Shanmugam felt sex addiction has nothing to do with one’s education or marriage life and it can happen in any ordinary man.
Psychiatrists interviewed by Lianhe Zaobao described sex addiction as similar to addiction to alcohol, drugs and gambling, characterized by uncontrolled and repetitive behavior to satisfy the desire. Occasional causal sex with strangers or prostitutes is not considered a form of sex addiction.
If you think you may be suffering from sex addiction, you can contact the following agencies for help:
National Addictions Management Service: 6-RECOVER (6732 6837)
We Care family service center: 62946352