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porn addiction

Posted in Mental Health, Relationships, Sex Addiction

Psychological Side Effects of Pornography

Watching online pornography continued to be a popular pursuit among men and women in 2017. According to PornHub’s latest report, about 28.5 billion people visited the site, or an average of 81 million people per day. More than 4 million videos were uploaded and 120 million video votes were posted on Pornhub, of which nearly 80% were positive. […]

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cheating husband on phone call while wife sleeps

Posted in Relationships, Sex Addiction

Addicted Husbands: 7 Ways Sex Addicts Lie to Their Spouses

By Tommy Williams, LADAC, ASAT-C, Primary Therapist, Men’s Sexual Addiction Program, The Ranch

So many spouses of addicts and alcoholics go through a torturous period of sensing something is off, or wrong, but not being able or willing to believe it. For the spouses of sex addicts, the feeling can be so difficult to bear that it becomes more comfortable to deny their suspicions.

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Couple in a Relationship

Posted in Articles, Relationships

Women & Relapse: Are Relationships the Problem?

A significant number of women who seek treatment for addiction were initially introduced to drug use by a romantic partner or spouse. Sometimes, it isn’t until they start exploring their patterns in therapy that women realize how their romantic or sexual relationships were triggers for their addiction, and very likely any subsequent relapse. For women who are grappling with dual problems of addiction and intimacy issues, recognizing and breaking a pattern of dysfunctional romantic associations is the key to effective addiction treatment and relapse prevention.

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Intimacy and Sex

Posted in Articles, Relationships

Healthy Sex Life Versus Chronic Intimacy Disorder

An intimacy disorder is difficult to define, partly because there is no guiding verbiage from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). But “intimacy disorder” typically refers to difficulty in forming and maintaining relationships.

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Green Eyed Monster Jealousy and Envy

Posted in Articles, Relationships

Taming the Green-Eyed Monster Before It Gobbles You Up

Jealousy is an emotion that permeates many relationships and can drive a wedge between partners. It sometimes gets confused with its close cousin envy. They can be differentiated in this manner:

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Codependent Relationship vs. Love

Posted in Articles, Relationships

Are You Amazingly Close, or Amazingly Codependent?

It’s natural to want to find a life partner you can bond with. Love is the topic of so many stories, books and songs that you are constantly reminded of the desire to share your life and the deepest part of yourself with someone else. When you get into a relationship that makes you feel connected, you are utterly thrilled that you have been able to get close to another person.

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The Brain, Relationships, and Love

Posted in Articles, Relationships

Images of Being Loved, Cared for Reduce Brain’s Response to Threat

The brain’s fear-generating capacity is a vital mechanism of protection that allows humans to respond appropriately to potential threats to their safety. From a biological perspective, the brain’s threat response is mediated by the limbic system via a pair of rounded appendages known as the right and left amygdalae.

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intimacy disorder

Posted in Articles, Relationships

Healthy Sex Life vs. Chronic Intimacy Disorder

Intimacy disorders are widely misunderstood, especially because there is no official diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Intimacy disorder refers to a person’s inability to form close interpersonal bonds with other human beings. This can manifest in troubles with being vulnerable or truthful, both with romantic partners and other people such as friends, relatives and children.

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making amends

Posted in Articles, Relationships

If Your Parent Cheated, You’re More Likely to Have an Affair

People are more likely to commit relationship infidelity if one or more of their parents also committed infidelity, according to new research from the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Love Avoidance Issues and Infidelity

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The Love Avoidant and Infidelity

For love avoidant women, cheating can become a destructive pattern that ruins relationships and prevents them from finding real love and healthy relationships. To be love avoidant means to resist intimacy and to avoid meaningful and long-term relationships. One way to avoid intimacy is to cheat on a partner. This prevents you from getting too close and can also be used as a way to sabotage a relationship that is headed for serious intimacy. Are you a love avoidant cheater? If so, you can change.

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