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Religious people report more porn addiction

There is a lot of buzz on the internet these days about porn addiction. We here at AJAX Books feel that something like porn is too broad a category to reduce to syndromes and complexes. Porn covers everything from erotica through to sex toys and seeing a prostitute. To suggest it is a single entity that can be addictive is like saying you have a ‘food’ addiction. It’s probably a specific type of food you need to limit, rather than cut out all food.

Sometimes, the word addiction can be used to describe a bad habit that is difficult to break.

We read a wonderful article recently in Psychology Today entitled Religious People Report more Porn Addiction. It’s written by David Ludden Ph.D. We felt the article explains carefully and clearly how addiction is identified and what makes something addictive.

We also felt the connection between belief about what one is doing and what they should be doing is central to one’s self-judgment very interesting.

You can read the full article here.

Psychology Today also offers an excellent database of professionals in your area if you feel you have a problem.

 

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Porn Isn’t addictive

In this excellent article by Ari Tuckerman in Psychology Today, he argues strongly that pornography isn’t addictive.

Sex might be difficult to resist and may be hard to control, but it is not a mystical external force that makes people cheat on partners, get addicted to sleeping with hundreds of people or see you hopelessly addicted to pornography.

For porn to be addictive there must be at some level a belief that sexuality is corrupting and harmful. That acting on certain desires can take you on a slippery slope to deviant behavior or behavior that will interfere with your life goals.

All these presumptions leave out agency and a person’s ability to self-direct. They presume that people fall prey (ah-la-Adam to Eve in the garden of Eden) to lust and that they will perform acts from which they never recover.

Pornography isn’t like alcohol. It doesn’t have any more control over your actions than you allow it.

Read the full article here.