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Archives for October, 2013

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Film “Don Jon”: Love, Porn and Patriarchy

“Don Jon” (starred in, written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a lot more than just a skillful and entertaining piece of film making.  It is among other things, a serious portrayal of intimacy disability, a subtle depiction of the family issues and social norms that support the objectification of women (and men), and an exploration of the kind of human connection that offers a way out.

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New Study on Male Depression May Relate to Sex Addiction in Men

There is an old saying in psychology circles that "women go to mental hospitals and men go to prison."  This saying suggests that men act out their distress while women internalize it.   And although more women are being seen for sex and porn addiction, men are still the majority.  A traditional view might attribute  such gender differences in the sex addict population to higher sex drive among men, but a...
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Diagnosis

Self-Destructive Behavior in Addiction Prone People

Self destructive behavior is often hard to fathom.  A person who habitually cuts him/herself, a person who has risky sex with a stranger in a park at night, a person who eats to the point of being sick; such behaviors make no sense to the average person.

Such behavior can be seen psychologically as an escape, a coping strategy, a survival skill, or a way to restore emotional equilibrium.

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