Here’s Why Some Women Get Turned On By Looking At Themselves

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As you already know, human beings get turned on by many things. Most commonly, we're turned on by other people we're sexually attracted to. Not weird at all. Then, there are people who are turned on by inanimate objects, like balloons and robots, and that’s kinda weird. 

Finally, there are certain women who are turned on by themselves. Like, they stare at themselves in the mirror and they think: “Damn. I’d tap that sexy ass all. night. long.”

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According to Dr. Michael Aaron, a NYC therapist and author of Modern Sexuality: The Truth about Sex and Relationships, it's extremely common for a woman to be sexually attracted to herself, and it's called autosexuality, or autoeroticism. And as vain as it sounds to want to have sex with yourself because you’re so goddamn hot, it’s not narcissistic at all, apparently.

"It is very common for people to be aroused by themselves [to varying degrees]," Dr. Aaron tells Refinery 29. "Some experience it more like an orientation, in that they feel more aroused by themselves than by others.”

Wow, this could be an alternate definition of "self-sufficient woman." All she needs is a mirror and her ego to get off.   

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Another psychologist, Dr. Leon F. Seltzer, explains that the easiest way to tell if someone is an autosexual is from their masturbation habits. If she's picturing herself and thinking about how sexy she is when she's getting off, she's obviously an autosexual. But there's no way of knowing what she's thinking. Sorry.

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Think you might be dating an autosexual? Don't worry. You're probably not. According to the original definition of the word by ego-analysist Dr. Bernard Apfelbaum, an autosexual is someone "who has a great deal of trouble responding to someone else sexually but can respond fairly or very well to his her own touch." 

That said, unless she blatantly dismisses your advances and prefers to masturbate in front of a mirror instead, she's not aggressively sexually attracted to herself.