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Erotomania (page 54)

Erotomania is a very rare psychological disorder, and not much is known about the causes or background of it. A person who has erotomania will often have the delusional belief that another person of higher social status is in love with them and is making amorous advances towards them. This can lead to the harassment of the object of this delusion.

People with this disorder often display signs of other mental disorders, such as being bipolar, and often have a family history of mental problems. Suffers are often unemployed, isolated, and do not live with or have a partner.

Another definition of this disorder is hypersexuality, and an obsession with sex.

It seems to be this second definition that appears in the novel, as plantation-owner M. Lenormand de Mezy is said to suffer from erotomania, as he becomes older, and becomes obsessed with young slave girls.

For further information, go to:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11788912

http://www.princeton.edu/~achaney/tmve/wiki100k/docs/Erotomania.html

http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/erotomania

 


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