Autassassinophilia is classified as a paraphilia and is considered rare in occurrence. It is defined as sexual arousal by the risk of being killed. This, however, does not mean that a person needs to be in an actual life-threatening situation, just having the fantasy will typically suffice. Some autassassinophiliacs are aroused by planning their own death. It is believed that this fetish often overlaps with paraphilias that fantasize about choking or drowning.

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