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Your Brain on Porn: Internet Pornography and the Emerging Science of Addiction Paperback – February 12, 2015
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I have read this book a total of four times. I also swept through the companion website for more information. I did an experiment and went "porn-free" for 14 days following the book's various suggestions (it WASN'T easy, let me tell you).
It didn't even take that long to see what I was missing from life. Almost every claim the book made - even some of the more outlandish ones - has turned out to be true and spot-on... at least for me. Your mileage may vary, though I suspect not by much.
I can't think of a faster way to dramatically improve a young male's life in record time than to read this book and apply some of its tips over a few weeks. You'll be amazed at the difference.
I also appreciate that the author kept the book mercifully short, and provided lots of real-world, easy-to-grasp stories as examples. In fact, he might have relied on these stories a bit too much. They do tend to become a tad repetitive starting 2/3 of the way into the book.
Just my two cents.
HIGHLY recommended for males who use Internet porn at all, and for females with males in their life who fit that description.
Chapter 1 is very important reading. It provides the foundation and proof of this problem. Although the problem is widely perceived by men who are suffering from it, it has gotten almost no recognition in the world of clinicians, researchers and therapists. That should change with this landmark book.
Chapter 2 shows the mechanism for porn problems in the brain. Gary's contributions include putting the pieces together that are out there, in a convincing and compelling explanation on how hormones, the brain's reward circuitry and the porn all work together to pull a man into erectile dysfunction just as today's sugary junk foods pull men and women into obesity.
Chapter 3 shows the solution. Gary runs a pioneering website dedicated to helping men who suffer porn problems and so this chapter is not academic but based upon thousands of men who have been getting help on line.
The book's major advantages are that it has solid proof behind it. And today's scientific and therapeutic community need that proof. The world is overly saturated in sexual triggers that cause constant sexual stimulation to become the norm. This is the desensitization that has been so harmful not just to men, but to women as well. And now finally it's clearly explained.
This isn't a moral or ethical issue. It's a scientific one. But for men suffering erectile dysfunction, it's a huge part of their life. And it is hurting not just them but their spouses and girlfriends, and affecting relationships and the perceptions between the man and woman in the relationship. How harmful is it? Terribly harmful, probably one of the most significant problems we have today.
Thank you Gary for clearly laying out in a scholarly yet accessible book the facts about porn, porn addiction, and erectile dysfunction.
This subject overall is fairly cutting-edge - studies are quite recent and there are still many to do. So, the material could need to be updated in the upcoming years down the road, but it's a pretty important subject that is not being talked about enough.
The book will help you reboot yourself, but interestingly, cravings will be suppressed more because you would have "read this book for nothing" or "dishonoring" this text.
You'll get chills when you read excerpts and think "wow, that was me". The book even explains how some shocking behavior is not only common, but artificial, and it will go away.
An essential read to supplement or inspire a full reboot.
If you have heavy texters in your family, if you have avid exerciser, anything that is too much and keeps you from interesting things you loved.
MOSTLY, the brain on pornography, the addiction is overlooked and is not heard of since it is categorized and judged so quickly, no-one will fess up or look for help. Read it, you can
understand so much and how amazing the BRAIN is, and share it.