Monday, January 09, 2006

Amputation Fetishism: "In recent years, there has been a sharp increase in the number of people openly seeking to have one or more of their healthy limbs surgically removed from their bodies. It's not a dramatic new weight loss program, but rather a disorder where a person is tormented by the overwhelming desire to have one or more of their limbs amputated. It is known as Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID) or Amputee Identity Disorder, and it involves an urge so powerful that it leads many sufferers to damage the offending limbs beyond repair in order to bring about amputation. Individuals who have this bizarre condition typically refer to themselves as 'amputee wannabes.'

Sufferers of BIID often complain that they do not feel 'whole' while in possession of the limbs in question. An amputee wannabe has a very fixed idea of which limb is unwanted, and what level of... (More Inside)"

(Via Damn Interesting.)