I am celebrating 2 months without porn and 1 month without masturbation. My goal is never ever porn again ( and I wont) and no masturbation for 3 months! :)
Can dopamine receptors reveal clues about binging?
A guinea pig called Sooty enjoyed a night of passion with twenty-four females after fooling his way into their cage in south Wales. Sooty wooed the lady guinea pigs, one by one, and has now become the proud father of forty-two baby guinea pigs. . . . "He was absolutely shattered. We put him back in his cage and he slept for two days."
The Coolidge Effect is biology's gallant resolve to leave no novel mate unfertilized whatever the cost. It's typical in mammals, has also been seen in females, and can be traced all the way back to our distant relatives: rodents. Although we humans are pair bonders, our bonding program still competes with this older have-opportunity-will-get-it-on impulse.
please help - I'm confused now:
"(...) Researchers found that when the mothers saw happy images of their own baby, activation increased in areas of the brain associated with reward and the neurotransmitter dopamine compared with seeing images of other babies."
This sounds like increasing dopamine activity while I would think this increases oxytocine activity. Same area does not mean same substance, I guess, but they make it look like that.
How strongly is dopamine related to the good feeling? Or is it not?
An open letter to Simon Lajeunesse
Dear Professor Lajeunesse,
I've just read about your conclusion that porn is harmless. I'm wondering if it might be worth redesigning your questionnaire. I've been witnessing (secondhand) a lot of harm from porn, as well as some surprising benefits from leaving it behind. What I'm learning suggests that you would have to ask very different questions of your subjects if you want to measure the dangers of Internet porn use.
“By Jove, it’s the reward circuitry!”
A dedicated member of the “to each his own taste” club, I’m all for freedom of speech. However, my website happens to discuss the highs and lows of sexual satiety in terms of the highs and lows of the typical addiction cycle. To my surprise (and theirs, I’m sure), men from all over the world showed up in my site’s forum complaining of addiction to porn/masturbation.
What is it like for a guy to go for weeks at a time without orgasm? Would you go crazy with cravings? Would you be unable to sleep?
A few years ago I read the web site of a man who chose, of his own free will, to go through life celibate. Not for religious reasons, but just because he "felt better" that way. At the time I had a hard time imagining how anyone could feel that way, and wondered if the guy had abnormal hormone levels.
Case Study - Why Do we Work
Description of the work of Princeton professor, Bartley Hoebel
[Elsewhere Hoebel has said, "Highly palatable foods and highly potent sexual stimuli are the only stimuli capable of activating the dopamine system with anywhere near the potency of addictive drugs."]