Sexual Compulsivity and Internet Porn

According to Dr. Mark L. Elliott, Ph.D., the Director of the Institute for Psychological and Sexual Health in Columbus, Ohio, men who compulsively surf the internet for porn do not typically do so out of sexual desire or horniness.


Rather, Dr. Elliott compares it to the urge felt by an overweight person to dig through the fridge—not hunger, but some deeper emotional issue, “such as unmanaged stress, insecurity or anger. Once at the computer, the person can’t stop because they are ‘feeding’ these emotions. They get out of control and ‘gorge’ themselves way beyond satisfying their horniness.”


In the aftermath of this or any such compulsion, guilt is generally inevitable—a response that can create a vicious circle.


This kind of compulsivity—treatable with professional therapy—is also symptomatic of problems with intimacy, since the idea of a sexual encounter with images on the internet is way more appealing—and a lot less complicated—than sex with their partner.


Source: Columbus Alive
Date: Jan. 18, 2008


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