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What you will find on these pagesThese pages aim to provide information and support for people with an unusual attraction to the state of physical disability and to the appliances used in its management, in particular leg-braces (also known as callipers, AFOs, KAFOs, HKAFOs or irons). Psychologists have termed this condition abasiophilia.
From bitter personal experience I know how overwhelming these feelings can be at times and how powerless we feel to resist them. As it is such a taboo subject, people find it very hard to talk about and this compounds their sense of guilt and isolation.
All I ask is that you reserve judgement and read on.
|The sight of the laboured gait of a physically disabled person in leg-braces
can trigger a totally overwhelming response in some people - the pulse
races and they feel magnetically attracted to the sight. They know it is
wrong to gaze yet they cannot avoid doing so. It is as if some altered
state is triggered and they are taken over by another part of their psyche.
Why this response occurs and why in some people this is linked with a strong
wish to be disabled themselves is a mystery.
Several studies have been cariied out into why some individuals have an attraction to, or fascination with, certain forms of physical disability. See the books and papers by Dr John Money (et al) from the John Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA.
One term used by Money to describe it is disability paraphilia which covers a number of conditions. Some people are not happy to classify this fascination/attraction as a paraphilia - they may be correct, I'm not sure. Specifically, Money termed the attraction to leg-braces, wheelchairs and the people who use them abasiophilia. One thing is certain - it is not simply a sexual fetish as the mechanisms involved appear far more complex.
A new study has recently been published which you may find informative.
The focus is on being physically disabled myself, not on the physical disability suffered by other people - in no way would I wish a disability on another person. However, there is an undeniable fascination with the state of physical disability and an envy of others who are disabled, very much the feeling "I wish it could be me". It is almost as if my body-image feels wrong - I should be disabled and encased in leg-braces to somehow be right. This must sound so strange to many people.
However, via the Internet and though other contacts, I've come across a surprising number of men and women who share this unusual fascination. Most seem perfectly good, sensitive and well-balanced individuals - apart from this one facet of their personality which, try as they will, never leaves them. The mystery for me, and many others, is just how and when did it start, and why?
In my own case, I believe it can be traced right back to when I was 8 years old and broke my leg. I was in plaster for nearly 6 months and had to use crutches and later a surgical boot. On one hospital visit I was prescribed an AFO. The attention I attracted and the exposure to hospital orthopaedic wards with children of my own age disabled with polio had a profound subconscious effect on me. It wasn't until years later that I realised just how important those days must have been to my developing psyche. Over the years the fascination with leg-braces has grown ever stronger and desire to be in them is, at times, overpowering.
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|Books about the Experience of
A Summer Plague
Books about Paraphilias and Orthopaedic Fetishes
Love Maps by Dr John Money
Sexual Aberrations by Wilhelm Stekel.
Books about Orthopaedics and Orthotics
Orthotics - Clinical Practice and Rehabilitation Technology
|Atlas of Lower Limb Orthotic Practice
Published by Chapman & Hall
Published January 1997
An informative book on leg orthotics with brace images, many in colour.
Orthopaedic Splints and Appliances
Thank you for reading these pages - I do hope it helped.
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