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Sexual addiction is best described as a progressive intimacy disorder characterized by compulsive sexual thoughts and acts. L...
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Sexual addiction is best described as a progressive intimacy disorder characterized by compulsive sexual thoughts and acts. Like all addictions, its negative effect on the addict and on family members increases as the disorder develops. Gradually, the addict usually has to redouble the obsessive behavior to obtain the same results.
For many sex addicts, conduct does not progress further than compulsive masturbation or the extensive use of pornography or phone or computer sex services. For others, addiction can involve illegal activities such as exhibitionism, voyeurism, profane phone calls, child molestation or rape.
Sex addicts do not necessarily turn into sex offenders. Moreover, not every sex offenders are sex addicts. Roughly 55 percent of convicted sex offenders can be deemed sex addicts.
About 71 percent of child molesters are sex addicts. For many, their problems are so severe that imprisonment is the only way to guarantee society's safety against them.
Society has accepted ...
A quick summary of Mixed Orientation Marriages for those of you who didn't read Part 1:
Q: What is a mixed orientation marriage?
A: A marriage that is externally represented as heterosexual in which one spouse is homosexual (closeted) and the other, heterosexual.
MOMs are marginalized by the hetero and non-hetero communities, neither of which embraces them, partly due to the mistaken belief that they aren’t particularly common. Although it is hard to track them in hard numbers (the most recent census failed to ask), there is plenty of proof out there. One source is the Craigslist m4m or w4w personals. It doesn’t take much effort to decipher who might be placing ads for “discreet weekday, daytime encounters only,” accompanied by a headless photo. These are the folk who should be wary of the self-appointed experts that espouse that we are all heteros-at-heart and that once we learn to accept the world as it is, not as we wish it were, the gay in us washes away ...
The commonly occurring condition known as erectile dysfunction can be caused by a variety of different factors. The first step in coping with this condition is to seek the advice of a physician in order to address specifically physiological factors. If a medical examination suggests a psychological basis for the condition, the following exercises may prove helpful.
1. Resolve not to attempt intercourse until you have completed the remaining steps. By taking intercourse out of the equation for a period of time, the resulting “sex holiday” will relieve you of occasions for “performance anxiety” while you explore other avenues of physical intimacy.
2. Read The Art of Sensual Massage by Gordon Ingeles, and have your partner do the same. As you read each page, ask yourself, “Is this something I might enjoy having done to me?” and “Is this something I might enjoy performing on my partner, with consent?” As you both go through the book, talk with ...
Never heard of this national month long celebration? You're not alone. It's not been widely celebrated, although it is gaining more and more attention each year.
National Masturbation Month started in 1995. During the previous year, U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders was forced to resign from her position following a speech at the United Nations World AIDS Day. Someone in the audience asked her about the potential of using masturbation as a way to delay partnered sexual activity. She responded by stating, "I think it is something that is part of human sexuality and a part of something that perhaps should be taught." Her answer was not well received, and ultimately it led to her forced resignation. The founders of Good Vibrations, a sex toy and sex education center located in San Francisco, were outraged by this whole situation and they wanted to do what they could to support Joycelyn Elders and continue encouraging discussion about masturbation. As a way to achieve these goals, Good...
Ever heard the saying "practice makes perfect"? I wonder why we don't think to apply that idea to our sexuality.
To be good at pretty much anything in life, first we need the proper training. We have to learn how to ride a bike, how to swim, how to drive a car, the proper way to raise kids, and the list can go on and on. Rarely, if ever, do we do something perfectly the first time we attempt it. This is why we need to practice! The more we practice, the more comfortable we will become with the task. As our comfort increases, so does our confidence and our enjoyment of the activity.
Not only does practice allow us the time to hone our skills, but it is also the time for us to learn where are strengths and weakness show up. Let's use baseball as an example. Each position on the field requires a different skills set. The person playing short-stop may need to be quick on their feet and able to cover a large area in a short amount of time. Where as the person playing first base may not ne...
Do you get into arguments with your partner because you feel they don’t understand you when you tell them about a problem? May be, they try to fix your problem in the way they’d deal with it as if it was happening to them?
Without realizing, we often give what we need to receive ourselves.
So here’s a little experiment you can try the next time a misunderstanding comes up.
To really connect to your partner simply ask them – What do they need right now.
This shows them you genuinely care for them as an individual and respect their needs. This helps them feel loved, secure and safe.
Also it means on a more practical level, you’ll be able to give them what they need – whether that’s silence, or listening, or a foot rub it doesn’t matter…
So when your partner is in a tizzy over something – use these 6 words to decrease any misunderstandings and increase your relationship satisfaction – What Do You Need Right Now?
Frequently when someone calls for information, what they want to know most of all is, what happens in sex therapy? They are reassured when they hear that sex therapy is like any other psychotherapy. One of the most important parts of the relationship between the sex therapist and client is that everything is confidential (with some legal exceptions, like reporting child abuse). That way, a client can be assured that whatever they disclose in therapy will not be told to anyone else, ever, without a release of information signed by them.
The process of sex therapy is also similar to other psychotherapy. Sex therapy happens in stages.
Stage I: Intake call. In this brief exchange, the sex therapist listens to see if the client is someone they think they can help. Sometimes, the therapist has too many of one type of client or isn't especially expert at what the person calls about. Sometimes the client wants a therapist who offers a certain t...
Remember when you first fell in love with your partner? That flood of emotions, the giddiness of just being next to each other? In each other's eyes, you could do no wrong. You enjoy the pure essence of one another, and overlook any flaws or imperfections.
This phenomenon is often called "rose-colored glasses". We marriage counselors call it "positive sentiment override". This term, coined by John Gottman, a leading marriage and relationship researcher, accounts for much of the happiness in a relationship.
When we experience positive sentiment override, we are filled with warm and loving feelings toward are partner. We are thrilled to be with them. We don't take their bad days personally. We don't blame them for our problems. We can laugh away their shortcomings.
Positive sentiment override is the foundation for loving, respectful, happy relationships.
But what happens when "you've lost that lovin' feeling?" Well, it all goes downhill. Or, to use an expression I fell in love with w...
Do you ever get down about things? Everyone does! The best solution is action. Do something! Anything! I especially like physical activity. I call it a natural mood enhancer (NME)-just ask my daughters who I'm always trying to get to move. The other day I vacuumed my entire house, very thoroughly, so I accomplished three things at once-I finished a chore, got exercise and improved my mood! The next time you feel down, try activity as your 'NME' and see how quickly, easily and naturally your mood improves.
Cyber Sex Addiction May Be In Your Marriage.
By M. Rivest Ph.D., D.S.T.
Board Certified: Sex Therapy & Counseling (UACCI)
336 760 1780
“We argued that night. I went to bed early. He stayed up. Somewhere about 2AM I noticed he was not in bed. I roamed through the darkness of the house. I found him in his usual spot, his basement office. The blue green glow of the computer made him look diseased. He was looking at porno, again,” reports a counseling client.
The Internet has become the newest, most rapidly growing form of sexual acting out for many sex addicts. The internet fills a need for "more, easier and better." For the cybersex addict, increasing amounts of time are spent "surfing," downloading, creating files, masturbating, reading information posted on sexual bulletin boards, exchanging sexual information live with others in sexual chat rooms or via computer cameras, or directing their own live sex shows on i...
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