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  •  No, because Pedophilia is a self-described Illness (2+ / 0-)
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    Pedophilia is literally the "love of children" and the term we use to refer to people over the age of 16 that have an unnatural attraction to children.  This does not require the need for "-pathy" suffix because it is the "love" itself that is the definitive characteristic of the disease. ..much like Necrophilia.

    Pedopathy (or more accurately paedopathy) is the "Sickness of Children".  This used to be a medical term but modern usage has replaced this with "Pediatrics" to specifically reference the school of medicine that addresses the areas of Pedopathy.   Many alternative medicine theories still use the -path suffix (Homeopathic, Osteopathic, Allopathic, etc)

    --path means suffering or illness.  Sociopaths have an illness related to social norms.  Psychopaths have an illness of their mind.

    To the orignial point , I dont think the term is accurate.  -philia disorders focus on things that are NOT universally accepted to be loved.  (animals, dead things, children, adolescents (Ephebophilia) etc).

    I think your point is more attuned to obsession.  An obsession with money/wealth would be Plutomania.  

    Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

    by Wisper on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 07:15:33 AM PDT

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      A word using the -phile suffix is not indicative of any kind of problem.  It just means "like or love".  I am a francophile because I like almost anything to do with French language or culture.  I'm also an oenophile because I like wine.

      These are not "illnesses" because (like money) these are things that we all think its okay to like in some way.

      We're I OBSESSED with Wine to the point where it started impacting my character and ability to function within societal norms, I would be an Oenomaniac and thus clearly labeled as abnormal.

      Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

      by Wisper on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 07:28:32 AM PDT

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