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How to Recognize Whether or Not You're Addicted to Porn

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Even for those who live in the West, where society is seen as more free and open, the mere topic of sex and sexuality can be a sensitive one. Add the to the topic issues of sexual addictions or deviances and things become more complicated.

Much like any type of addiction, those who have an addiction to porn don't recognize it as a problem. If they are aware that it has begun to affect their quality of life, they often have no way of communicating this to others.

Warning Signs That You May Suffer From Addiction to Porn

If you feel that you suffer any of these warning signs, you may have an addiction to porn:

  • Watching pornographic films to excessively. Depending on an individual's understanding of the word “excessively” in terms of this subject, there is not a definitive way of saying one way or another if someone suffers from an addiction. In psychology, any addiction can be defined in its most basic form as something that begins to have a noticeably negative impact on your life and/or the lives of those around you.

  • Your normal daily behaviors and activities are noticeably affected by your need to watch pornography.

  • You have developed a “tolerance” for pornography to the point that you are seeking out more extreme forms of pornography in order to get aroused or climax.

  • Once you are finished watching pornographic materials or you have been away from them for a certain period of time, you begin to feel withdrawal or distress.

  • Even after suffering serious consequences or loss do to your excessive watching of pornographic videos, you continue to do so.

  • The urge to masterbate to porn is stronger than your will to give it up.

  • Pornography has negatively affected your view of others around you. For example, you find that you have a tendency to sexualize other people and/or many of your daily activities.

  • You find it hard to become aroused by your partner or spouse.

  • You are beginning to reenact what you have seen in porn films to the point that you are beginning to make your partner or spouse uncomfortable.

What Are Some Things That Cause People to Become Addicted to Porn

An individual's addiction to porn can stem from a number of factors including but not limited to environmental elements, be a victim of sexual abuse, suffer from some other psychological problem or mental illness, the inability to create, nurture or maintain romantic relationships or suffer from any number of sexual deviant personality disorders.

Those who suffer internet addiction may find themselves alienated from the outside world and begin to connect more with the virtual world. This leads to fulfilling their natural human needs within that virtual world, the internet.

In a lot of cases, individuals may be in romantic relationships with people who do not share the same sexual drive or interests, therefore they seek it in other forms such as pornography. This person may feel he or she cannot express their sexual interests with their partner, further aggravating the need to release it - porn being the answer.

Over time, they begin to unconsciously view porn as the only way to release not just their hidden sexual desires, but they also use it to relieve stress, rage, anger and other unhealthy emotions. This is reminiscent of most if not all addictive personalities.

If reading this article you find that you fit one or more of these descriptions, it is essential for you to get help from a licensed professional. The first part of dealing with any addiction is admitting that you have one.

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