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Your Brain on Porn: Internet Pornography and the Emerging Science of Addiction Kindle Edition
When high speed internet became widely available a few years ago, growing numbers of people began to worry that their porn use was running out of control. Far from preparing them for fulfilling relationships, viewing an endless stream of porn videos led to unexpected symptoms. Perhaps most surprisingly, for the first time in history erectile dysfunction was becoming a significant problem for young men.
This led to one of the largest informal experiments in the history of science. Tens of thousands of people have tried abstaining from sexually stimulating material in a process they call ‘rebooting’. Many of them reported startling changes, from improved concentration and elevated mood to a greater capacity for real-life intimacy.
Gary Wilson has listened to the stories of those who have tried giving up internet porn and related them to an account of how the reward system of the brain interacts with its environment. And now a growing body of research in neuroscience is confirming what these pioneers have discovered for themselves - internet pornography can be seriously addictive and damaging.
In Your Brain on Porn Wilson provides a concise introduction to the phenomenon of internet porn addiction that draws on both first-person accounts and the findings of cognitive neuroscience. In a voice that is generous and humane, he also offers advice for those who want to stop using internet pornography.
The publication of Your Brain on Porn is a landmark in our attempts to understand, and remain balanced in, a world where addiction is big business.
Gary Wilson is the presenter of the popular TEDx talk ‘The Great Porn Experiment’ and hosts the website ‘Your Brain On Porn’, which was created for those seeking to understand and reverse compulsive porn. He taught anatomy and physiology for years and has long been interested in the neurochemistry of addiction, mating and bonding.
Anthony Jack is Professor of Philosophy, Psychology, Neurology and Neuroscience and Research Director of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University.
"In Your Brain on Porn Gary Wilson sets out to explain how abundant free pornography is causing serious problems for thousands of, mostly young, people. As well as providing a survey of the science of addiction for general readers, Your Brain on Porn gives guidance on how to break out of addictive porn use. Porn addiction is an important phenomenon and in Your Brain on Porn Wilson gives us valuable resources for understanding and addressing it." Dr Nicole Oei PhD, Addiction, Development and Psychopathology (Adapt) Lab, Department of Psychology, University of Amsterdam
"In this important book, Gary Wilson correctly identifies the obsession with pornography as a fetish - using an inanimate object for sexual arousal/gratification - and discusses the biopsychosocial consequences that often result from compulsive use of pornography for sexual arousal. The book describes many examples of the "rebooting" process that is necessary for sexual functioning to heal. He also explains the changes in brain physiology when sexual addiction hijacks normal sexual behavior - including why recovery takes time." Reid Finlayson, MD, Medical Director, Vanderbilt Comprehensive Assessment Program, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
"As is the case so often with new phenomena, science lags behind lived experience. Gary Wilson brings the two together powerfully as he explores the addiction that dare not speak its name. This book crackles with energy, urgency and humour. It offers up the hope of recovery to those struggling with internet porn addiction and it does so with compassion and informed authority." Dr David McCartney, Primary Care Addiction Specialist
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- ASIN : B00N2AH8NW
- Publisher : Commonwealth Publishing (24 August 2014)
- Language : English
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- Print length : 208 pages
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Some destructive habits have been so "normal" to us that they could be performed unnoticed for years. Until one day, the devastating consequece which bring you great pain emerges.
You begin to search,you wanna know why. It's usually your frustration and miseris lead to your awakening, enlightment and deeper understanding of your life.
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So, it feels better to say "I'm a porn addict and masturbate every day to hardcore porn" Its embarrassing and I have shame but I feel its important to be honest. Part of the issue that pushed me in the direction of porn to begin with I believe is my view of my self, loneliness, not feeling loved, boredom, not many friends, too much time on my own because of the aforementioned issues. Which leads me to my main criticism of this book and the Brett McKay one. Where is the info on what drives people to self medicate in the first place??? In this book by gary wilson there is a tiny amount. It seems he feels people start viewing porn (for no reason that I could see he has stated) and then get hooked. I dont disagree thats the case by why view in the first place and what allows us/me to become addicted??
Speaking for myself I believe as a teen I was lonely, unhappy, sad and felt unloved, I dont recall my childhood as being particularly happy. Once I discovered masturbation as a way to self sooth that was me done. I would say that Gary wilsons book does say that the brain chemicals released by addictions do then cause the same feelings we started our addiction to relieve (sadness, depression etc etc) in the first place, that I dont dispute but more detail and pages dedicated to what sends people to become addicted is surely needed?? I believe personally that addicts have issues that send them in the direction of something when they find it they get addicted if it ticks the right boxes. My parents were anti drink and drugs so I've never remotely felt driven to use either to make me feel better but sex and porn were never mentioned. I believe i stayed away from drink, drugs and cigarettes because my upbringing taught me they were bad, my brother is the same, never smoked, drank or done drugs, we aren't religious and dont attend church etc either so its not for that that we have never really indulged. That "thing" that we seek to medicate in my opinion is either, alcohol, drugs, sex, porn, food, shopping, video games, anything that takes us away from our sadness, misery, loneliness, depression etc. Fix that and theres no need to drink, eat, watch porn etc. Thats my opinion anyway.
If you want a book that shows why you use porn, this isn't it.......
Dia 33 de nofap, minha vida esta melhor que nunca. Energia pra treinar, ler, estudar. Ansiedade com mulheres indo embora. As pessoas agora me reconhecem no trabalho. E minha alto-disciplina pra melhorar minha vida melhorou muito. Knowledge is power. Lembre-se, se vc continua errando, é talvez porque vc não conheça sobre isso o suficiente. Leia livros.
Chapter 1 lays to rest the comforting lie that "modern porn is harmless". Evidence is provided for the range of effects modern porn has upon males. These range from "reduced grey matter in the brain", "no interest in real women", social isolation, actual mental health issues and rates of Erectile Disfunction in modern young men similar to those of men over 60 in previous generations.
Chapter 2 Looks into the actual brain science and studies related to porn use across the world. It covers the mechanism and chemicals involved with the "reward circuits". It shows how the effects are worse for younger men without sexual experience who have effectively formed mental reward circuits that are incapable of proper sexual function. Recovery time for these young men can be up to 12 months and can involve some real low points that have be lived through until the brain rewires itself properly.
Chapter 3: How to recover. The book outlines that the only solution to problems created by online porn is to desist from porn. This section contains many tips and stories from recovered users.
In terms of a reading guide, Chapter 1 contains the material necessary to assess if you have been negatively affected or could be negatively affected in the future. This is a fairly straight forward section. Chapter 2 which explains the effect of porn upon the brains reward mechanisms and chemicals is tougher to get through. If necessary, this section could be skim read initially and referred back to when you are ready to absorb the specific detail of the science. Chapter 3 is the easiest part of the book it provides easy to understand behaviours and habits.
After reading this book, I am going to be having some very serious and strong conversations with a few younger men in the extended family. Poor them...
Society tells us Porn addiction does not exist. But as Gary pointed out proof of science always lags behind real life experience and the fact that many are seeking help, reporting the same experiences when they do stop which alleviates all the other problems in their life is evidence that Porn addiction exists.
I'd reccomend this for someone starting thier recovery journey. It outlines the neurological changes that occur within the brain, so you can fully understand where to begin. What happens during the recovery process both long and short term. It also provides suggestions of how to deal with withdrawal symptoms.
Gary Wilson also does not over-egg the pudding. He is quite clear that the issues that led me into using porn in the first place are not going to have gone away; but really clarifies how, from being a means to deal with a problem, porn has become one of, if not the main, problem.
He does not claim to have all the answers, but does allow the experience of others to speak through, rather than depending entirely on the sense of a superior expert holding forth from a perspective of superior knowledge.