An autosexual is someone who finds sexual pleasure in fantasies about and activities focused on themselves, whether that's masturbation or imagining their own body during sex. This type of person may also find arousal while watching others' bodies as well, but they get more pleasure from their own than from the bodies of anyone else. It's also possible to be autosexual and still desire romantic or sexual relationships with others.
It's important to differentiate autosexuality from narcissism, which involves an inordinate focus on self-indulgence and lack of empathy for others. "Narcissism is a psychiatric diagnosis, whereas being an autosexual is just a sexual orientation," says Kourtney Kardashian in an article she wrote on her website in 2020.
Regardless of the distinction, it's important for people who identify as autosexual to find community and support and talk openly with their partners about their preferences. People who do this can help prevent sexual and romantic problems down the road, as a lack of communication can lead to infidelity or feelings of powerlessness.
Those who aren't autosexual can sometimes struggle to understand how their partners could feel this way, which can lead to feelings of judgment or shame. In turn, that can further disempower and isolate an individual. However, it's essential to remember that sexual preference is not a fixed trait and that everyone deserves to explore their sensuality in a way that feels right to them.