Overcoming Pornography

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Porn addiction is defined as the abuse of pornography to the extent that it interferes with the sufferer’s life. As yet, it has not been included in the DSM (the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) as an official mental disorder but recent studies are in the works to have it included because several of its symptoms are quite like those of any other mental addiction.

A pioneer in sex addiction research named Dr. Patrick Carnes, was able to come up with the 4 core beliefs that are common in addicts. Here are the 4 core beliefs that porn addicts may think to themselves:

1. Porn addicts often believe that they are terrible people with deep feelings of low self worth.

2. They believe that they are not deserving of love.

3. They believe that they will never get their needs met when they depend on others.

4. They believe that sex is their most important need.

Due to these beliefs, they resort to pornography and sex to relieve these deep feelings of low self worth and isolation. They seek solace in pornography to deal with these feelings.

It’s been found that porn addiction often begins in childhood. Children who grow up as porn addicts are often raised in dysfunctional families such as those raised by authoritarian parents who provide little warmth, those suffering from emotional abuse, or those abandoned at a young age.

Knowing these core beliefs and causes can help many porn addicts understand why they behave the way they do so that they can seek ways to improve it.