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What is the definition of lust?


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September 05, 2008 6:15PM

Lust is desire that is stimulated by a superficial impression of the object of passion with a selfish consideration in mind. On this basis, lust is not taking an interest in someone for their own sake, but mostly in order to gain pleasure of some sort from that person.

In contrast, love is when the desire towards a person is fully mediated by a consciousness of the importance of the person and when attention is given in actions towards this person with the appreciation of his or her inherent worth as the driving motivation.


Lust is passionate sexual desire driven by the sex hormones testosterone and oestrogen.

Testosterone is not confined only to men. It has also been shown to play a major role in the sex drive of women. When testosterone levels reach a certain threshold, just after puberty, teenagers start thinking about sex.

Testosterone is a steroid hormone from the androgen group. In mammals, testosterone is primarily secreted in the testes of males and the ovaries of females. It is the principal male sex hormone and an anabolic steroid. Testosterone give virilizing and anabolic effect to our body.

Oestrogens are a group of steroid compounds, named for their importance in the estrous cycle, and functioning as the primary female sex hormone.

Oestrogens are used as part of some oral contraceptives, in estrogen replacement therapy of postmenopausal women, and in hormone replacement therapy for transwomen. While estrogens are present in both men and women, they are usually present at significantly higher levels in women of reproductive age. They promote the development of female secondary sex characteristics.


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