Sex Addiction: Real Disease Or Just An Excuse For Bad Behaviour?

Sexual addiction is best described as a continuous intimacy disorder characterized by uncontrollable sexual thoughts and acts. Over time, the addict habitually has to increase the addictive behavior to achieve the same results.

Behavior does not progress beyond irresistible masturbation or the extensive use of pornography on phone or computer sex services. Addicts can involve in illegal activities such as rape, child molestation etc. 55 percent of convicted sex offenders can be considered sex addicts.

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Does Sex Addiction Really Exist?

In 2013, a study was published in the journal of Socioaffective Neuroscience and Psychology which suggested that maybe it doesn’t exist. Or we can say that it may be just an excuse for bad behavior.

The study measured how the brains of people who struggle with sexually compulsive behavior respond to sexual images. Dr. Nicole Prause, an assistant research scientist in the department of psychiatry at University of California, Los Angeles(UCLA) said: “Most people describe high-frequency sexual problems as an ‘addiction’—that’s how the public and even many clinicians talk about it. But this data challenges the addiction model and forces us to reconsider how we think and talk about these problems.”

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Researchers enlisted 52 people (39 men and 13 women) for the study, who described having difficulties controlling their use of pornography and used electroencephalography (EEG) to measure their brain responses to various images. Some images were sexual in nature, such as nudity, penetrate sex and kissing while others were depicted to be open-minded such as disjoint bodies.

Unfortunately, we live in a culture which glorifies manliness and anticipate men to be “real men” who try to score as frequently as they can. So all those addicts might have impulse control disorders or at least they might not have a clinical addiction to sex. 

Sources: Slate And Psych Central

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