Psychological Basis for Foot Fetish

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    Jan 07, 2011 6:05 AM GMT
    Anyone here with a psychological background who can give some insight on the causes for foot fetishes?
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    Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

    Sometimes it is a big toe?
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    Jan 07, 2011 6:03 PM GMT
    Ok enough of the gross outs

    some behaviorists came up with the theory that fetishism was the result of a special form of conditioning, called imprinting. Such conditioning happens during a specific time in early childhood in which sexual orientation is imprinted into the child's mind and remains there for the rest of his or her life.

    So probably you saw your mom or dad's or brother's foot while mother nature gave you an accidental hard-on and WHAM.. you got imprinted.

    This should make up for the above poster who must have had a weird childhood grossing people out

    now anyone could learn to love these::
    barefeet.jpg
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    Jan 07, 2011 6:57 PM GMT
    Bigsmiles saidOk enough of the gross outs

    some behaviorists came up with the theory that fetishism was the result of a special form of conditioning, called imprinting. Such conditioning happens during a specific time in early childhood in which sexual orientation is imprinted into the child's mind and remains there for the rest of his or her life.

    So probably you saw your mom or dad's or brother's foot while mother nature gave you an accidental hard-on and WHAM.. you got imprinted.

    This should make up for the above poster who must have had a weird childhood grossing people out

    now anyone could learn to love these::
    barefeet.jpg

    Thanks for the input and nice pic. I could easily learn to love those...
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    Bigsmiles saidOk enough of the gross outs

    some behaviorists came up with the theory that fetishism was the result of a special form of conditioning, called imprinting. Such conditioning happens during a specific time in early childhood in which sexual orientation is imprinted into the child's mind and remains there for the rest of his or her life.

    So probably you saw your mom or dad's or brother's foot while mother nature gave you an accidental hard-on and WHAM.. you got imprinted.

    This should make up for the above poster who must have had a weird childhood grossing people out

    now anyone could learn to love these::
    barefeet.jpg


    Okay besides the fact that behaviorists have been all but completely thrown out of psychology...
    No, just no, that is not how imprinting works.
    Imprinting is when you see an act done and then repeat the act.
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    Jan 07, 2011 9:38 PM GMT
    just quoting wikipedia.. they could be wrong too.. been ages since I may have passed an intro psych course
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual_fetishism


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    Jan 07, 2011 11:13 PM GMT
    Bigsmiles said

    now anyone could learn to love these::
    barefeet.jpg



    Sure....and these

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    and these....

    Takeoffsocks.jpg

    and these also icon_twisted.gif

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    Jan 08, 2011 6:45 AM GMT
    Jock4FootRubs saidAnyone here with a psychological background who can give some insight on the causes for foot fetishes?
    The same thing that causes any other fetish: Nature.
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    Jan 08, 2011 7:38 PM GMT
    I never understood it myself.

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    Jan 08, 2011 7:53 PM GMT
    There are MANY different perspectives on this..... Truthfully there is no one answer, and usually each person has some unique experience or experienceS that causes them to have some kind of a fetish.

    How it was explained to me (In a class on sexuality which included fetishism and paraphilias).... was like so: (This is a VERY VERY simplified version, BTW).

    Children actually have sexual aims, desires, etc. At a certain point, many boys begin to want their mothers sexually (this can be learned, ie, dad is there showing affection for mom, or some say its intrinsic).

    This is all fine and good.... until, at some point though, they learn that mommy does not have the same "junk" as they do (maybe they see mommy naked one day). This causes a mixture of shame, shock, disgust, that is mixed with desire and sexual energy at the same time... because most children don't understand that men and women have different 'parts'

    Because by this age, usually 5-6, the child knows they are not "allowed" to be attracted to mommy, and since her lack of junk causes a mix of shame and pleasure.... the child 'averts' their pleasureable aims literally DOWNWARD (vs upward, think about how a child is smaller and would look upward to see mom and her 'parts') - to the feet.

    The FEET then become a "safe" haven where the child is allowed to feel their desire for mom, as it is just a part of her, rather than the whole.... and this continues.... and voila, foot fetish.

    That is the classical dynamic explanation - but there are also other behavioral explanations which basically simplify what was already said... basically they say that "somehow" the child has an experience that conditions them to associate feet with sexual pleasure. Behaviorists dont get far into the hows and whys, though. They dont make any conjectures as to why the feet would become attached to libidinal (sexual) energy or focus.
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    Jan 09, 2011 9:52 PM GMT
    i remember liking guys when i was 5 (guys my own age), that's really early in development. so i disagree with the "imprinting at an early age" thing.

    could be association. if someone knows i skateboard and now they wanna massage my foot. he has insecurities and keeps that with him to recreate what he thought he had with me but now with other people. so it can develop at any age for a lot of different reasons.

    most things i've had from childhood have been "cleared" because childhood trauma was a big thing with me and i've done a lot of work on it. i've had a huge behavioral change over the past 2-3 years.
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    Jan 10, 2011 8:59 PM GMT
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    Children actually have sexual aims, desires, etc. At a certain point, many boys begin to want their mothers sexually (this can be learned, ie, dad is there showing affection for mom, or some say its intrinsic).

    Because by this age, usually 5-6, the child knows they are not "allowed" to be attracted to mommy, and since her lack of junk causes a mix of shame and pleasure.... the child 'averts' their pleasureable aims literally DOWNWARD (vs upward, think about how a child is smaller and would look upward to see mom and her 'parts') - to the feet.

    The FEET then become a "safe" haven where the child is allowed to feel their desire for mom, as it is just a part of her, rather than the whole.... and this continues.... and voila, foot fetish.

    (sexual) energy or focus.


    Well I don't know about that, but it sounds rubbish. I think male feet are sexy and I also like seeing them in a nice pair of squeaky leather sneakers, attached to muscular legs.

    How many times does a woman drool over a soccer player who wouldn't catch her eye off the pitch? It doesn't mean that women have a fetish for Adidas or suffered an Oedipus complex growing up. It just means people find different things sexy.
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    Brit_in_Canada said
    ZbmwM5 said

    Children actually have sexual aims, desires, etc. At a certain point, many boys begin to want their mothers sexually (this can be learned, ie, dad is there showing affection for mom, or some say its intrinsic).

    Because by this age, usually 5-6, the child knows they are not "allowed" to be attracted to mommy, and since her lack of junk causes a mix of shame and pleasure.... the child 'averts' their pleasureable aims literally DOWNWARD (vs upward, think about how a child is smaller and would look upward to see mom and her 'parts') - to the feet.

    The FEET then become a "safe" haven where the child is allowed to feel their desire for mom, as it is just a part of her, rather than the whole.... and this continues.... and voila, foot fetish.

    (sexual) energy or focus.


    Well I don't know about that, but it sounds rubbish. I think male feet are sexy and I also like seeing them in a nice pair of squeaky leather sneakers, attached to muscular legs.

    How many times does a woman drool over a soccer player who wouldn't catch her eye off the pitch? It doesn't mean that women have a fetish for Adidas or suffered an Oedipus complex growing up. It just means people find different things sexy.


    You'll notice I said at the beginning of my post that there can be many reasons for why one finds something so attractive that it becomes a fetish. The dynamic explanation is just one way of looking at it... and it might not explain everyone's fetishes. Your way of simplifying it to "people find different things sexy" is not the same as having a fetish. There is a BIG difference between a fetish and simply finding something extra hot.

    True fetishism is to the point where one can't have an orgasm without the needed fetish object.... Note that it's considered problematic because the person is attracted to an inanimate object or one small PART of a person... rather than a whole. Typically, sex is a complex process between two people. Not just a dick and a foot, or hair or balloons or hands..... or whatever.
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    ZbmwM5 said
    Brit_in_Canada said
    ZbmwM5 said

    Children actually have sexual aims, desires, etc. At a certain point, many boys begin to want their mothers sexually (this can be learned, ie, dad is there showing affection for mom, or some say its intrinsic).

    Because by this age, usually 5-6, the child knows they are not "allowed" to be attracted to mommy, and since her lack of junk causes a mix of shame and pleasure.... the child 'averts' their pleasureable aims literally DOWNWARD (vs upward, think about how a child is smaller and would look upward to see mom and her 'parts') - to the feet.

    The FEET then become a "safe" haven where the child is allowed to feel their desire for mom, as it is just a part of her, rather than the whole.... and this continues.... and voila, foot fetish.

    (sexual) energy or focus.


    Well I don't know about that, but it sounds rubbish. I think male feet are sexy and I also like seeing them in a nice pair of squeaky leather sneakers, attached to muscular legs.

    How many times does a woman drool over a soccer player who wouldn't catch her eye off the pitch? It doesn't mean that women have a fetish for Adidas or suffered an Oedipus complex growing up. It just means people find different things sexy.


    You'll notice I said at the beginning of my post that there can be many reasons for why one finds something so attractive that it becomes a fetish. The dynamic explanation is just one way of looking at it... and it might not explain everyone's fetishes. Your way of simplifying it to "people find different things sexy" is not the same as having a fetish. There is a BIG difference between a fetish and simply finding something extra hot.

    True fetishism is to the point where one can't have an orgasm without the needed fetish object.... Note that it's considered problematic because the person is attracted to an inanimate object or one small PART of a person... rather than a whole. Typically, sex is a complex process between two people. Not just a dick and a foot, or hair or balloons or hands..... or whatever.


    There are two flaws in this, Zbmw:

    1) You can be attracted to someone without having an orgasm. It happens all the time at soccer matches, hence the expression "Nice legs!". Incorporating orgasms into your premise creates a faulty premise.

    2) If somebody achieves orgasm through masturbation then it is irrelevant whether they are thinking about sex or thinking about submarines, since neither need be present for them to ejaculate.

    I am aware that people like there to be boxes. However, given that homosexuality was once considered a perversion, I think it may be time to stop keeping boxes altogether and just call all these things variations on a theme,
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    Well, have the college training, but I've always felt that if a man likes cocks, he likes cocks....sucking, licking, etc., and if he likes feet...same difference.........so what's the problem? icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 12, 2011 2:41 AM GMT
    Brit_in_Canada said
    ZbmwM5 said
    Brit_in_Canada said
    ZbmwM5 said

    Children actually have sexual aims, desires, etc. At a certain point, many boys begin to want their mothers sexually (this can be learned, ie, dad is there showing affection for mom, or some say its intrinsic).

    Because by this age, usually 5-6, the child knows they are not "allowed" to be attracted to mommy, and since her lack of junk causes a mix of shame and pleasure.... the child 'averts' their pleasureable aims literally DOWNWARD (vs upward, think about how a child is smaller and would look upward to see mom and her 'parts') - to the feet.

    The FEET then become a "safe" haven where the child is allowed to feel their desire for mom, as it is just a part of her, rather than the whole.... and this continues.... and voila, foot fetish.

    (sexual) energy or focus.


    Well I don't know about that, but it sounds rubbish. I think male feet are sexy and I also like seeing them in a nice pair of squeaky leather sneakers, attached to muscular legs.

    How many times does a woman drool over a soccer player who wouldn't catch her eye off the pitch? It doesn't mean that women have a fetish for Adidas or suffered an Oedipus complex growing up. It just means people find different things sexy.


    You'll notice I said at the beginning of my post that there can be many reasons for why one finds something so attractive that it becomes a fetish. The dynamic explanation is just one way of looking at it... and it might not explain everyone's fetishes. Your way of simplifying it to "people find different things sexy" is not the same as having a fetish. There is a BIG difference between a fetish and simply finding something extra hot.

    True fetishism is to the point where one can't have an orgasm without the needed fetish object.... Note that it's considered problematic because the person is attracted to an inanimate object or one small PART of a person... rather than a whole. Typically, sex is a complex process between two people. Not just a dick and a foot, or hair or balloons or hands..... or whatever.


    There are two flaws in this, Zbmw:

    1) You can be attracted to someone without having an orgasm. It happens all the time at soccer matches, hence the expression "Nice legs!". Incorporating orgasms into your premise creates a faulty premise.

    2) If somebody achieves orgasm through masturbation then it is irrelevant whether they are thinking about sex or thinking about submarines, since neither need be present for them to ejaculate.

    I am aware that people like there to be boxes. However, given that homosexuality was once considered a perversion, I think it may be time to stop keeping boxes altogether and just call all these things variations on a theme,


    You misunderstand / twist what I am saying.

    Nothing you said is wrong... but you arent "disproving" any of what I've said.

    I've defined fetishism as being able to reach orgasm ONLY when the stimulation of a certain object or body part is focused on or present. If they are masturbating, they may need the image of the foot or whatever to be present in order to ejaculate. So it does matter if its to that point.

    As kind as you want to be, I find it hard to believe that you wouldnt find it distressing or odd if your hubby could only cum by smelling your armpits, licking your feet or by wearing womens underwear.... Also, I never said there is anything morally objectionable to having a given fetish (provided no one is seriously injured or maimed in enjoying that fetish.).... its different from how homosexuality was once classified.
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    ZbmwM5 said
    Brit_in_Canada said
    ZbmwM5 said
    Brit_in_Canada said
    ZbmwM5 said

    Children actually have sexual aims, desires, etc. At a certain point, many boys begin to want their mothers sexually (this can be learned, ie, dad is there showing affection for mom, or some say its intrinsic).

    Because by this age, usually 5-6, the child knows they are not "allowed" to be attracted to mommy, and since her lack of junk causes a mix of shame and pleasure.... the child 'averts' their pleasureable aims literally DOWNWARD (vs upward, think about how a child is smaller and would look upward to see mom and her 'parts') - to the feet.

    The FEET then become a "safe" haven where the child is allowed to feel their desire for mom, as it is just a part of her, rather than the whole.... and this continues.... and voila, foot fetish.

    (sexual) energy or focus.


    Well I don't know about that, but it sounds rubbish. I think male feet are sexy and I also like seeing them in a nice pair of squeaky leather sneakers, attached to muscular legs.

    How many times does a woman drool over a soccer player who wouldn't catch her eye off the pitch? It doesn't mean that women have a fetish for Adidas or suffered an Oedipus complex growing up. It just means people find different things sexy.


    You'll notice I said at the beginning of my post that there can be many reasons for why one finds something so attractive that it becomes a fetish. The dynamic explanation is just one way of looking at it... and it might not explain everyone's fetishes. Your way of simplifying it to "people find different things sexy" is not the same as having a fetish. There is a BIG difference between a fetish and simply finding something extra hot.

    True fetishism is to the point where one can't have an orgasm without the needed fetish object.... Note that it's considered problematic because the person is attracted to an inanimate object or one small PART of a person... rather than a whole. Typically, sex is a complex process between two people. Not just a dick and a foot, or hair or balloons or hands..... or whatever.


    There are two flaws in this, Zbmw:

    1) You can be attracted to someone without having an orgasm. It happens all the time at soccer matches, hence the expression "Nice legs!". Incorporating orgasms into your premise creates a faulty premise.

    2) If somebody achieves orgasm through masturbation then it is irrelevant whether they are thinking about sex or thinking about submarines, since neither need be present for them to ejaculate.

    I am aware that people like there to be boxes. However, given that homosexuality was once considered a perversion, I think it may be time to stop keeping boxes altogether and just call all these things variations on a theme,


    You misunderstand / twist what I am saying.

    Nothing you said is wrong... but you arent "disproving" any of what I've said.

    I've defined fetishism as being able to reach orgasm ONLY when the stimulation of a certain object or body part is focused on or present. If they are masturbating, they may need the image of the foot or whatever to be present in order to ejaculate. So it does matter if its to that point.

    As kind as you want to be, I find it hard to believe that you wouldnt find it distressing or odd if your hubby could only cum by smelling your armpits, licking your feet or by wearing womens underwear.... Also, I never said there is anything morally objectionable to having a given fetish (provided no one is seriously injured or maimed in enjoying that fetish.).... its different from how homosexuality was once classified.


    I didn't need to disprove it, I just pointed out that it was rubbish for pretty much the reason given by TurboBilly. In thinking about it further, I do wonder if the real objection is that you don't like someone getting off on your feet because you prefer taking to giving.
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    Feb 23, 2012 6:32 AM GMT
    No idea.
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    Feb 23, 2012 6:53 AM GMT
    ohdangbro saidNo idea.


    At least you added a substantial, worthwhile contribution to this thread you revived.
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    Feb 23, 2012 7:17 AM GMT
    Neuroscience major here

    We human learn in both ways, classical conditioning or instrumental conditional.

    Classical conditioning is the famous Pavlov experiment. You present the bell and the meat at the same time to a dog. The meat always makes the dog salivate.
    But over the time, the dog's brain learns to associate the bell with the meat, and salivate when it hears the bell. This is classical conditioning

    So in fetishism case, you pick up a fetish when that pre-learnt fetish is constantly paired with sexual gratification. So over the time, the fetish, be it a feet or underwear, will give you sexual gratification.

    Now how you pick up the fetish is not something you can control. It depends on the environment and how your brain pays attention to different stimuli. Personality and personal history can make a difference. If you used to have a crush on a school teacher and think about him and get excited, you might develop a suit fetish, for example.

    All the psychology expert here, correct me if I'm wrong. After all, just a neuroscience major here icon_razz.gif
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    Feb 23, 2012 7:18 AM GMT
    and the whole childhood and freud thing...... so outdated...... I don't people pay attention to that anymore
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    Feb 23, 2012 7:28 AM GMT
    There is also a theory about that the part of the brain that takes care of your genitalia is very close to the part of your brain which makes you have feeling in your feet. The theory says that the parts are this close to eachother that in some brains the parts are connected to eachother and link being aroused with a nice feeling in the feet.
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    Feb 23, 2012 3:10 PM GMT


    Slap me, because I think it's much ado about little.

    Just look at the fuss over hands, ears, eyes, MUSCLES, hair, no hair, legs, butts, genitals, foreskin (gosh I could spend all day at this).

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    May 15, 2012 10:37 PM GMT
    I'd love a neurologist or psychiatrist to respond.
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    May 15, 2012 10:39 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidWhen I get to top a hot guy with great legs and feet and he's on his back and his toes are within my mouth's reach I tend to start nibbling. It drives my bottom crazy and it makes me super hard. It's better than Viagra, I'm telling you. icon_twisted.gif


    uhh..let's test that O_O