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New study shows passing mood (sexual) can profoundly alter rational decisions

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New study shows passing mood can profoundly alter rational decisions
October 20th, 2011 in Psychology & Psychiatry

Could a passing mood influence your financial portfolio for decades to come? Can impulses you inherited from your cave-man ancestors influence your financial decisions in the modern world in ways that may have lifelong consequences?

In a word, yes.

Internet pornography destroying men's ability to perform with real women, finds study (uh oh)

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Internet pornography destroying men's ability to perform with real women, finds study
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2051902/Men-use-internet-...

The UK website (newspaper?) may have gone a bit too far by using the term "study". Our Psychology Today post was the basis for their article.

Can a Non-Alcoholic Survive Mandatory Sobriety? (similarities to rebooting)

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Can a Non-Alcoholic Survive Mandatory Sobriety?
The first few months of drying out are incredibly tough for any alcoholic. But for a “social” drinker who’s forced to quit for medical reasons, it’s easy enough. Right?

http://www.thefix.com/content/accidental-brush-sobriety

(Has a few interesting similarities to rebooting, especially second page.)

New ADHD guidelines: Kids as young as 4 can be diagnosed

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Comment: Are you ****ink kidding me?

http://vitals.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/10/16/8350681-new-adhd-guidelines...

New ADHD guidelines: Kids as young as 4 can be diagnosed

BOSTON ­ Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can now be diagnosed in children as young as 4 and as old as 18, according to the nation's largest organization of pediatricians.

Mental Rebooting: "Your Brain on Porn". (another site blogging about rebooting)

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This is a post on "The Less Wrong community", which prides itself on intellectual discourse. You might enjoy the read, and debate.

Mental Rebooting: "Your Brain on Porn"...
http://lesswrong.com/r/discussion/lw/831/mental_rebooting_your_brain_on_...

Great & relevant article: "Change your receptors, change your set point"

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At the end of the article he describes how to boost your dopamine receptors (D2), such as exercise, weight loss/fasting, and abstinence from stimuli. We haven't mentioned fasting or weight loss, because I didn't want anyone thinking it will make a big difference in ED, or recovery time-frames. You are fasting - from masturbation and porn....that's the key. Below is his conclusion on receptor control theroy vs set-point theory. He's mostly interested in obesity/diet, but the theory can apply, maybe, to porn.

Change your receptors, change your set point

Seeking opinions - Porn Blocking Software

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Some of you say K9 is crappy, or easy to get around, or sluggish, etc. It's free, of course. My question is - what about porn blockers you pay for? Are they better? It seems to me that paying a few bucks a month, for 3-4 months, might be worth the investment if it helps you get your life back.
Any insights, comparisons, experience...etc?

Prelude to Passion: Limbic Activation by "Unseen" Drug and Sexual Cues

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Comments: Your reward circuit and dopamine get activated by sexual cues outside your conscious awareness....or before "you" even know it. In other words your reward circuitry starts squirting dopamine for you to "go for it" before your higher brain even knows what's going on. Or put another way - your reward circuitry takes control before your frontal cortex can put on the brakes. Ever experience that?

Prelude to Passion: Limbic Activation by "Unseen" Drug and Sexual Cues

Study: Abdominal obesity may lead to inflammation and any addiction.

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Comments: Pretty wild. Abdominal obesity altering metabolism and the reward circuitry. All encompassing theroy of disease and all addictions. Everything is connected to everything else in the mind/body. But could a modern diet, without obesity present, lead to cytokines and addiction?? Diet and exercise....be a hunter-gatherer.

Addictive genes and the relationship to obesity and inflammation.
Mol Neurobiol. 2011 Oct;44(2):160-5. Epub 2011 Apr 19.

Heber D, Carpenter CL.
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