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Your Brain on Porn: Internet Pornography and the Emerging Science of Addiction Paperback – February 12, 2015
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- Item Weight : 7.9 ounces
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 099316160X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0993161605
- Dimensions : 5.06 x 0.47 x 7.81 inches
- Publisher : Commonwealth Publishing (February 12, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #25,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
After dropping it cold, I had a down swing, but I feel 10 times better in just about every aspect of my life now. I'm stronger, less tired, and don't have brain fog constantly.
This is the book I've been looking for for an unbiased explanation of Internet porn addiction. Thank you, Gary Wilson, for the important work you are doing. Your work is playing a pivotal role in reducing the harmful effects of high-speed Internet porn now and for future generations to come.
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.
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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...
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.......
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.
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.