Psychological aspects of impotence


Psychological factors in impotence tend to arise as a result of what we may call the sexual anxiety syndrome. This syndrome, which is caused by a an intense fear of impotence and its consequences on the female partner (e.g. she may feel her male partner is not really a man) may lead to one of the following during sexual interaction

The anxiety syndrome is not common in normal marital relationship because that kind of relationship rarely brings anxiety. It is commoner with extramarital affairs and sometimes with women who may be thought of as being higher than the individual and hence an intense feeling of inferiority may precipitate the anxiety. This is particularly common amongst adolescents and young adults, especially at their sexual debut (first time) and seems to affect just one temperament; i.e. melancholics.


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