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Foundations of the Sexocorporel
Sexual Development
Components of the Sexocorporel
Clinical Significance

The Concept of the Sexocorporel

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4. Differentiation and Integration of the Components of Sexual Function

The Sexocorporel distinguishes and examines the different components that play together in the practice and experience of sexuality. A person’s sexual identity is determined at conception as are the body and its physiology. All other components involved in sexuality are parts of human sexual development. They develop as a result of personal and social learning processes.

Dividing the inseparable – the human person – into components allows for differentiated working hypotheses. The Sexocorporel groups the components of human sexuality into four categories:

4.1. Physiological Components

Arousal function
Arousal modes
Sensual perceptions
Biological base: Genes, hormones, blood vessels, nervous system etc.

4.2. Sexodynamic Components

Sexual pleasure
The feeling of belonging to one’s biological sex
Sexual self-confidence
Sexual desire
Sexual and emotional attraction codes
Sexual imaginations, fantasies and dreams
Emotional intensity

4.3. Cognitive Components

Knowledge, values, norms, ideologies, ways of thinking, idealizations, mystifications etc.

4.4. Relationship Components

Feelings of love, ability to attach
Seduction skills
Erotic communication
Erotic competencies

In the Sexocorporel, a model of sexual health and functioning is defined for each component. This forms the framework of the evaluation. Initially, a person’s acquired abilities are evaluated, i.e. the person’s strengths. Every person has limitations in their sexual development; the Sexocorporel does not pathologize limitations or aim to produce new achievement norms. Limitations are not seen as deficits, but as challenges that stimulate new experiences.

4.1. Physiological Components

4.2. Sexodynamic Components

4.3. Cognitive Components

4.4. Relationship Components