2 thoughts on “Sex addiction study: UCLA researchers find that sex and porn might not actually be addictive.

  1. I, personally, (and, based upon the education that I have received in pastoral counseling) believe that, if sex addiction exists, that it is very, very rare.

    I do, however, think that many people have daily routines that are devoid of opportunities to receive the kinds of stimulation that produce dopamine, and possibly oxytocin.

    Sex is an “easy” way to get a dopamine “fix”… but there are lots of other alternatives, (like, food, exercise, and even stimulating conversation!). Oxytocin is a little tougher. However, I think some people become habituated to sexual behavior as the go-to for everything.

    Further, when joined with poor self-esteem and a society which seems to require sexual activity as a measure of one’s worth, it sets up a very destructive pattern.

    I don’t think it is an “addiction” in the truest sense of the word. I think it is a coping strategy which is being used to mask certain other problems.

    (Let me also say, I formed this opinion myself, based on material that I have read on the subject, and that many, many people do not agree with me).

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