Originally Posted by Steinhauer
That has been exactly what I have been saying. Pedophilia is a compulsion, not an obsession. One must act on an obsession to be considered a pedophile ... or am I wrong?
According to the definition in your post #144 pedophilia is an obsession.
"pedophilia n. an obsession with children as sex objects."
Obsessions can develop into compulsions.
The obsession (thoughts) of pedophilia can develop into the compulsion (uncontrollable behaviors) of sexual exploitation (stalking and porn) and abuse (physical contact) of children.