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Pornography

Can Women Get Addicted to Porn?

Do Women Even Look at Porn?
It’s no secret that the Internet is bursting at the seams with pornography, and lots of people are looking at it. For instance, research conducted in 2009 and 2010 by neuroscientists Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam analyzed 400 million Internet searches (representing more than 2 million people), finding that approximately 55 million of those searches (13%) sought some form of erotic content. And this analysis didn’t include...
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Women

Psychiatric Care that Shortchanges Itself

Over the years I’ve grown more and more frustrated when viewing the mental healthcare system of which I am a part, as I consistently see this system fail to adequately meet the needs of various segments of the population. I have watched as the LGBT community, women, blacks, immigrants, children, and so many others - often the most disenfranchised among us - have been ignored, underserved, and even at times outright...
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Women

Valentine’s Day Massacred

Women, Love, and Addiction

Valentine's Day is once again upon us. For most happily paired individuals, February 14 is a day of chocolates, roses, and intimate time with a spouse or partner. However, for some more emotionally vulnerable single individuals, V-Day can feel like a cruel, frustrating, unjust reminder of their loneliness and unhappiness. The greatest sufferers are those who rely on an intimate relationship as their primary means of emotional stability and affect...
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Relationships

Love: The Healthy Addiction?

Some Famous Quotes about Love to Get Us Started:
"One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love." – Sophocles

"To be in love is merely to be in a state of perceptual anesthesia." – Mencken

"Sometimes love is stronger than a man's convictions." – Isaac Bashevis Singer

"Loves makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place." – Zora Neale Hurston
So, What...
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Intimacy & Fidelity

Girls Gone Wild… Why Women Cheat

"Infidelity is best defined as the keeping of secrets in an intimate relationship."

—Robert Weiss, 2006

Last week I published a blog on why men cheat. The piece generated an unexpectedly overwhelming response from all sides, with one of the main comments being, “It’s not just men who cheat.” And that statement is absolutely correct! Our cultural stereotypes tell us that it is usually men who step...
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Relationships

Obstacles in Treating Women with Relationship and Sexual Addiction

Sexual Addiction… in Progress

The recently released film Girl in Progress is on the surface a coming of age story about Ansiedad, a sixteen-year-old girl who develops a plan—based on the clichés of young adult literature—for growing up quickly. A more interesting character in the film is the girl’s mother, Grace, portrayed by Eva Mendez.

On the one hand, Grace is an immigrant single mom trying desperately to make her way in the world while providing for an ungrateful daughter. On the other hand, she’s...
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Intimacy & Fidelity

How Do I Know if She Is Cheating?

Studies universally suggest that somewhere between 10 and 20 percent of people in committed relationships sexually cheat on their spouse or significant other. Of course, in today’s world of chat rooms, webcams, instant messaging, and instant pornography, the concept of cheating is, in the minds of many who do it, somewhat malleable and easier to deny than in the past, when cheating meant actual live physical contact.

So in consideration of our evolving Internet...
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