What did porn do to my brain, some interesting facts...

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Hi guys :)
I have now advanced further in my close observations on my brain, its recovery and what exactly did porn mess up.
For those of who you don't know, I started porn at 12, I'm 24 now, so my brain didn't have the chance to develop normally in sexual way when it was required so and the time was right for it, my sexuality was developed and trained/practiced with the help of the porn, not real women.

Recently I realized how big was actually the big picture, porn did deviate my brain in many ways, ways that surpass my bravest imagination, and I'm sure it's porn because I made few simple tests which prove that.

I didn't watch any porn for about 2 and a half years, my brain has now activated most of its normal functions, the way they are supposed to be, ie the way nature planned them to work. Before that I could not know what is normal, because I have never seen normal. I'm discovering now, what is normal and how my brain is actually supposed to work, and the feeling is great.
I'll divide my brain functions in two categories, Porn Reality(PR) - where my brain works the old way, influenced by porn and Normal Reality(NR), where my brain works the way it's supposed to work, the way nature made it.
I would also like to add that what I will say is valid for me, but I guess it won't be valid for everybody, since not everybody started porn at 12. I guess that when I started so early with porn, the network developed in such a way that it affected other developing brain functions which have nothing to do with sexuality and blocked some of them, what I want to say is that my porn network in the brain, may be bigger and affecting bigger areas than other men's networks.

The Experiment:

What I did is to observe very very carefully every single change that occurs in my reality when the PR takes charge. Now that I have NR, it's easier to notice everything that is wrong with the PR.
How did I activate PR, simply I masturbated on memories entirely from porn, I remembered the screen, the movie and what I say, so it was like watching the real thing (of course it's less damaging and safer when the real stimuli lacks).
First thing I noticed is the bare fact that I OBSERVE sex, instead of making it, is turning on some other network, not the usual sexual one, the feeling is just different, I'm almost sure that Observing sex and reaching orgasm and Making sex and reaching orgasm activate very different brain regions, yes, both actions may use some common brain functions, some basic ones, but also do use some entirely different networks, you may think that it's the same thing because you reach orgasm, but you reach this orgasm in a different way, each thing you do differently activates different regions and eventually makes entirely new networks that weren't there before. So If your entire life you only observe and get excited from somebody else having sex , this activity will develop very different network from having real sex , the orgasms are also going to be different and the overall feeling is going to be different, plus you may develop your voyeur instinct to new levels. After all, you become what you do. After that, even when having real sex, you will activate the network that was created when you observed sex because it got so perplexed with the normal sexual network (where you aren't suppose to observe) , that the normal sexual network most likely won't work the way it's supposed to work, it will work in a deviated way, and that's bad, because it's not giving you the feeling, sensations you are supposed to get by default.
So I got odd feeling of observing somebody else having sex, still exciting though, in a different way. The moment I started remembering I felt a rush of adrenaline and I became very active and attentive, I guess my brain liked to ,,dose,, it received from something that was forgotten. It's like taking your heroin dose in some years of absence. I also felt I need more of that, no matter what I wanted more, it's very very odd pleasure, it's not the pure pleasure and satisfaction I feel from sex , the excitement is rather narcotic and making your nervous if you don't get some. After I finished, I noticed something else...I didn't receive any real satisfaction, it's odd, it's was just like a release of energy, something intense, but the way satisfaction works in the brain I guess is more complex and needs something more than just an intense release of energy, after that, after the moment I finished, I needed more of that, It just wasn't enough, I didn't feel the feeling after sex, the calmness, relaxation, I just wanted more and I was very very fixated on observing , I wanted to get excited from observing other people having sex(or at least to watch/observe a women, not actually interact with her), at that time the network that usually makes me want have sex wasn't active, I wanted to watch instead of making it(and no wonder, since I did that all life).
So here we go....porn reality was fully activated now, I just wanted to observe carefully now and see what the brain has to offer in such a state. All effects of this porn reality went fully away in a week, during this week I had time to see what is different when comparing to normal reality.

The Results:

I felt anxiety throughout the entire day and some random porn pictures and scenes just showed up in my mind, absolutely no control over that, it's automatic.
My creativity was absolutely gone!! I felt like a robot. Usually when in NR I sit in front of my piano and start playing, I can improvise nicely, I sat in front of the piano and I was just staring...empty stare, I played some tones from memory but the main point is i couldn't CREATE anything, the functions that are responsible for creation of new things, something that is not familiar were just not working! I also tried other fields when creation is needed. I tried to write an essay. NO, it was absolute disaster, my thoughts just couldn't run smooth enough, it's like they were blocked, they just didn't came the way they are coming when in NR. PR also disabled my ability to create humor and to make other people laugh, usually I'm very good at that, it happens automatically, but now when I was around people, It was odd, I perceived reality in another way, I didn't sense the subtle things, I couldn't create any humor from a situation, I couldn't throw a random joke. I just missed something, my brain wasn't getting enough information from the external environment to create the humor.
My ability to solve complex mathematical problems, also was very impaired. In NR, i don't have any problems with that.
Furthermore the ability the read text, comprehend everything, remember it well and recreate it was impaired . I just couldn't do that. I did it, but it was like 50% worse than in NR. My memory was skipping some details, my attention was running away from the text and it was out of my control. The ability to express myself with language - BAD. In NR I'm quite talkative, I'm interested in other people, I initiate a conversation, I want to hear about their problems, I talk a lot,I understand them, I can offer help and feel nice from this.
In PR...sheesh, as dumb as f**k. All these things lack, I just stand there, I hear them talking, but I have no interest in doing that, I just hear words, but their words don't activate the brain functions they should activate, it's like their words hit in a wall. I become very selfish, I don't care about others, I don't want to talk, I don't feel pleasure from communication, I don't smile when I talk, I just reproduce some information in order for somebody to understand me, but that's far from normal communication and feeling nice from it.
Women...that's interesting. They turned into something that can give me pleasure, they turned into some talking piece of meat that can provide pleasure and ease my sexual tension. I didn't want to get to know them , didn't even want to talk to them, when I liked a girl, I just wanted , immediately , as fast as possible, to have sex with her, I just needed her body. I looked at women entirely from the sexual perspective. In PR, we cannot even speak about a normal relationship, not only with girls, but even with my friends...even with my family.

In a nutshell, in PR, I cannot feel real pleasure from anything except PORN(where the pleasure is drug like, it's not real again) and I do anticipate it until given, many functions that usually provide comfort and are supposed to work were heavily suppressed or some entirely disabled. (other functions include, ability to prioritize , focus, organize, plan, understand and sort my emotions, work under stress). On top of that my reward and motivation system wasn't functioning correctly if it was functioniong at all and that's one of the most basics things to succeed in life and feel good about yourself, I'm sure it's because of the porn because, as soon as I stopped it, this same reward and motivation system changed and started working, during the expermient it didnt work as well.
During the time spent in PR I felt empty, I felt as if there was a mist in my brain and something was constantly keeping me alert, even when I didn't want to, I guess that's a mechanism of the brain for anticipation, because I got my dose and my brain was alerted and waiting for more. This alertness kept holding me for 3 days.
On the 5th day after the masturbation, everything went away, I just said to myself- oh thank you god(I'm an atheist), finally, the brain relaxed and all functions were coming back to normal. I just could take a deep breath and feel some pleasure from doing it, I felt calm. Regained all of my functions on 100% after about 3 days.

Some interesting facts about sex in Normal and Porn reality:

PR SEX - I focus entirely on the body parts, everything is very visual, main aim is to reach orgasm, the woman is like an object satisfying my needs, the feeling while having sex is odd, not the same one as in NR, it's like a drug feeling, what can I feel is only, intense energy and need for release, other sensations are almost blocked. The whole sex act consists mainly of penetration. After sex, I want more and don't feel satisfied at all and feel a bit nervous and anxious.

NR SEX- I focus on the person, I focus less on the visual and body parts, I feel the woman differently, I enjoy every single tender touch we have, I'm very patient, I enjoy the moment, I can feel relaxation, calmness every second, my senses are more open to external stimuli, I don't want to reach orgasm but enjoy the whole act and the nice feeling, it lacks the intense drug like feeling compared to sex in PR. The whole sex act consists of many many details that I'm unable to notice and enjoy in PR and the senses are more open, I don't feel anxious. After sex, I'm completely satisfied and relaxed and happy.

In my case, from the age of about 14 until I stopped porn , I was in PR. This caused a lot of damage , a lot of damage to my development as a person and a lot of wrong ideas about how life works , how to handle situations etc. It was like I was very handicapped.
I guess this scenario will be valid not only for porn, I guess it may be valid for whatever addiction.

With halted or wrongly working functions and affected by porn my brain did create such a reality for me, such concepts, such ideas for the way I accept women, sex , personal relationships, life, actually everything and my productivity as a whole that it wasn't possible to be normal and to function normally. As you can imagine, when your brain is with suppressed and disabled functions, the reality that is being created and remembered every single second is far from what is supposed to be normal.
I won't speak about how hard was the recovery process for me , to learn everything as if I was a baby, a baby exploring the world, a 20 year old baby. That's pain.

Again, if you started porn on later stage in your life, or your brain is not the addictive type of brain and not so sensitive to such stimulation, the effects may be different and less harming, this was my case however.

p.s.

Hello Marnia :) Feel free to correct any grammar and other mistakes(such as wrongly formulated expressions and sentences), so it can be easily understood by all.

Fantastic Post! I too, have

Fantastic Post!
I too, have noticed a difference between porn desire and natural desire.
Porn desire is almost like a sort of outer-body experience for me, in a sense I see the porn scenes
being played out and fantastize about doing them-But technically, I'm "watching them" being done, in
reality, doing the things a lot of men watch to get off on porn would turn them off completely.
Anal sex for one, the idea of it in "porn desire" arouses me, but in real life, I've never been able to stomach it, but
the addiction views it as something that is wrong, etc and the porn desire 'likes' it.

Natural desire is better in my opinion, sex doesn't make me feel like crap, I enjoy the experience, explore
my girlfriends body and enjoy the sensations without just aiming for orgasm, its a lot different.

I've been addicted since 13 I think, I'm 20 now and since 13-14 I've always been absolutely
terrible at mathematics. I remember in class at school, I would much rather just sit there and not
bother with it than actually try and solve the questions in my exercise book. The thing is, If I would have
tried, I could do them, but it felt like a blocker, like part of me just couldn't be bothered. So I can relate to this as well.
Sports went down hill for me too, I was actually pretty good at sports until I became seriously addicted, then I just sort of gave up,
stopped trying on the football field, on the basketball court and lost a lot of my drive to "compete" Towards the
end of high school I skipped gym altogather.

Now, though, since I've been trying to abstain, I find mathematics more interesting and I get satisfaction out
of solving the problems. Coincedence? I doubt it. I also enjoy playing basketball every week with my friends
and my competitive drive is back.

I have a couple of questions if you don't mind answering them for me:

Did you experience any symptoms typical of porn addicts? Anxeity, ED, HOCD, Lack of desire? etc.

Do you feel you have "rebooted" as mentioned on this site? If so how does that feel?

Do you crave porn after having sex X amount of times? Also, do you get porn flashbacks? And if you do, how frequent/bad are they?

This post has been very informative! I can relate to a lot of things written, its nice to have some other points put into perspective. :)

Thank you for your questions

20UK,
Did you experience any symptoms typical of porn addicts? Anxeity, ED, HOCD, Lack of desire? etc.

I did experience all the possible symptoms of typical porn addicts - anxiety all the time, ed in real sex only, OCD without the H part(it was very hard to overcome the OCD which kept me for as long as 3 years), though sometimes I got really excited from gay porn and some creepy thoughts started to sneak through, may be If I continued with porn, I would've tried with a man...as soon as stopped it, everything came back to normal with time, I can say I'm 100% heterosexual and feel 0% attraction towards males, porn can do ,,miracles,, with the brain...lack of desire was in general for all areas in my life, sexual was fine, I had desire for porn and real sex, though real sex wasn't really successful.

Do you feel you have "rebooted" as mentioned on this site? If so how does that feel?

I have rebooted yes, in a way that my brain works as nature wanted it without much deviations. However I believe mine cannot be called REbooting since I never knew what was normal until I quit, so I just let's say ,,booted and learned,, :)

Do you crave porn after having sex X amount of times? Also, do you get porn flashbacks? And if you do, how frequent/bad are they?

You might want to check this topic of mine http://www.reuniting.info/node/4659 there I speak about the problems I had with porn and you can partial answer to your last question.
Otherwise just having sex won't remove your need for porn, you will just create two networks, one for real sex and the porn one will remain, they can work separately or create a new mixed one, but the need for porn won't disappear that easily.

freedom-

Do you think that blocked feeling comes from porn or something else?

The blocked feeling, if you mean the mist in my mind and that I cannot do anything normally, it absolutely comes from porn, it blocks my brain.

Does this experience/observation duality exist in non-sexual areas of your life?

It's normal that we people observe and act after that to experience , this is how we are created, one of the ways we learn is through observation, it's healthy to observe. Problem with porn is that our brain is not meant to observe sex in such a way constantly, with such powerful chemicals that brain releases when sexually stimulated somehow, you can literally make road maps in your brain.
I cannot feel this duality in other areas of my life, I feel it so strong in sex because it's very basic, subtle and powerful area. I can literally feel two separate things with different characteristics when masturbating while remembering porn (observing other people have sex) and when masturbating while imagining that I'm with a girl from 1st person (ie, I'm doing the action), it's absolutely different! The second is healthy, the first is not healthy for me. It's tricky however, there is this moment that I would imagine doing something 1st person with a girl I saw in porn, then it's a different feeling again, it's quite odd when compared to the most normal sexual feeling I feel with a real girl. It's like the normal and the porn reality mix then and we get a network that is created from both and is very hard to notice.
Gosh, why am I not a neurologist so I can understand these things better, if I neurologist reads this, may be he'll have a good laugh.
But this is the way I feel it and experience it. What I know for sure from my normal reality is that I am not meant to observe how other people have sex and in the long term this has absolutely negative effects on my psyche, even if I do it in real life, it will still have much negatives. I don't want my brain to learn to experience pleasure like that, because when we experience pleasure and release the powerful chemicals , maps are written. What a porn addict is writing into his brain is not how he himself is having sex but how other people are having sex. And then, when you see a real person, your brain is confused? It just says - What should I do with that, give me two people having sex so I can have my pleasure, I'm used to that, this is how you programmed me, what should I do with a real person?! And the problem for me is that this network that used to observe doesn't give me the same sensations and feeling as the network when I'm having real sex. And when the only thing I have and I used with is to observe, when I have real sex, then the brain is confused, it's writing new material, new material that is most likely perplexed with the observation network and you get a hybrid. With time when you stop observing how other people have sex, the experience network gets stronger and the observation one weakens. This is how it happened with me. Of course there is a chance that I'm interpreting everything that I feel the wrong way and this observe/experience networks is mumbo jumbo stuff, but I believe in it since logic fits with my experience perfectly, and I did start observing my brain since I was 18.
And this is just one of the many negatives of porn, this is without to mention all other factors of over stimulation of other brain systems etc, that deal the greatest damage.

hi back2life could you go

hi back2life

could you go into your recovery process? im trying to recover and am about the same age when you started. so you didnt look at porn once/ never relapsed? what helped you resist? are you developmentally mature now? to that of a normal 24 year old? i feel immature at times like stuck at the age when my addiction stated; im trying to change...

Excellent Post

I am glad that I read your post. I am in the similar boat that I first watched porn at 14, and I just quit at 31, two months ago.

Two things that caught my attention in your post.

1) Anxiety. After one month of quitting porn, I felt like I fell out of love with my 6-year long relationship, and it used to keep me in thinking all the time. But there were times, when my brain would continuously feel anxiety and then after sometime, things would just get back to normal and when the anxiety would go away, it would feel amazing! And I had no conscious reasons to explain anxiety, and while reading your post, it just dawned to me that it could be the withdrawal symptom.
What do you think?

2) [quote]Women...that's interesting. They turned into something that can give me pleasure, they turned into some talking piece of meat that can provide pleasure and ease my sexual tension. I didn't want to get to know them , didn't even want to talk to them, when I liked a girl, I just wanted , immediately , as fast as possible, to have sex with her, I just needed her body. I looked at women entirely from the sexual perspective. [/quote]

This is exactly my current problem is. Instead of being in a committed relationship, I want to jump from one girl to another, like sampling drinks in a pub crawl. I am about to get married, but thoughts like these are really bugging the hell out of me.

Also, after noticing that you would feel this way after m'bating; now, I will have to notice, if I too feel heightened sensitivity towards girls (esp white girls) after m'bating. I would not know this because I am trying to resist reaching orgasm for at least two months.

Please let me know your thoughts on how you overcame this desire to jump from one girl to another just having sex.

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2 Months Sober from porn and enjoying every minute of that.
No M'bation since 17-Dec-2010 - First time in 16 years!

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Hi Sirens,

your question - could you go into your recovery process? im trying to recover and am about the same age when you started. so you didn't look at porn once/ never relapsed? what helped you resist? are you developmentally mature now? to that of a normal 24 year old? i feel immature at times like stuck at the age when my addiction stated; im trying to change...

You can change what I think one should do to recover faster - http://www.reuniting.info/node/4660
I had problems with the so called maturity, I felt the way you felt, immature and stuck at the age when my addiction started.
I feel alright and mature now, there is no difference between me and other people I consider mature, I needed 3 years to achieve that however, stopping porn was just the begging for me, just one of the many things that helped me. Since I was put into working environment where I was with a lot of people, a lot of team work was required and non-stop thinking, that helped me a lot, also constant communication with people was helpful for the maturity. However, I consider that maturity is something subjective and it's hard to reach to a single universally valid definition.

Hello confusedius,

Two things that caught my attention in your post.

1) Anxiety. After one month of quitting porn, I felt like I fell out of love with my 6-year long relationship, and it used to keep me in thinking all the time. But there were times, when my brain would continuously feel anxiety and then after sometime, things would just get back to normal and when the anxiety would go away, it would feel amazing! And I had no conscious reasons to explain anxiety, and while reading your post, it just dawned to me that it could be the withdrawal symptom.
What do you think?

I think that it's very possible that quitting porn was the reason for this anxiety, in my case, when I stopped porn, I was hyperactive and anxious for an year and something....after all your brain wanted to get something that it received for such a long time, now it's gone, I think anxiety is a normal reaction.

2) [quote]Women...that's interesting. They turned into something that can give me pleasure, they turned into some talking piece of meat that can provide pleasure and ease my sexual tension. I didn't want to get to know them , didn't even want to talk to them, when I liked a girl, I just wanted , immediately , as fast as possible, to have sex with her, I just needed her body. I looked at women entirely from the sexual perspective. [/quote]

This is exactly my current problem is. Instead of being in a committed relationship, I want to jump from one girl to another, like sampling drinks in a pub crawl. I am about to get married, but thoughts like these are really bugging the hell out of me.
Please let me know your thoughts on how you overcame this desire to jump from one girl to another just having sex.

That's normal, thing is that this is very natural instinct, to want variety of girls and be with as many as possible in sexual way. The problem is that porn boosts and deviates this function of our brain in a very ugly way, it simple gets out of conscious control and it's goes frenzy.
I still have this inside me, but, it's very very normal, under conscious control, it's like a slight tickling, I can control it and I don't think about other girls , I'm happy with only one girl girl. Before it was very very different, in PR, it absolutely out of my control, it works on its own, automatically, I just see a girl and I'm like, I want her, right here, right now, I would cheat on my girl, I don't care, the happiness is in the girl I'm seeing, I want pleasure, this is the purpose of my life, it was like, there was nothing more important in that, I was ultra fixated on that.
And the more girls showed the crazier it went, I wanted them all, sexually, I couldn't think normal, I was led by my sexual deviated needs, and it was so strong that I couldn't really communicate normally with a beautiful girl.
How to fix that? Well, I experienced this even after I stopped porn for one year, It was very strong. I started to consciously change my thoughts, with the power of your will you can reprogram your brain so you can soften the effects of that
When you see a girl and this feeling starts, just repeat to yourself that this is deviation from your normal state, it's not NORMAL, it offers FALSE HAPPINESS, even if you get the sex, you won't be really satisfied and happy, you will want as many women as there are on earth and you will always want more and never feel completely satisfied. When the feeling starts in you, you have to block it, with will power, try consciously your best to accept the woman you are seeing as a human being, try to get to know her as a human being, try to accept her for your best friend if you want, anything that would turn away your attention from the sexual need. Also you have to repeat to yourself that all the pleaseure you can get in the world, is right in front of you, namely your girlfriend, and I'm serious about that, when your brain is fine, you will get everything you ever wanted, just from your girl, she'll be completely enough, she'll be everything for you. You have to do the exercise every time you see a nice girl and you want to have sex with her, every single time, you have to reach a point where you can just watch the girl and feel normally towards her, without the slightest sexual feeling. With time, you'll teach your brain the new way of accepting girls and you'll write your own brain program, that after few months will be automatically triggered every time in such situation, you will get a new way of seeing things. The key is to exercise conscious control over yourself, get the best of your will. With time( let's say a year), your brain will be reprogrammed in a way that allows it to function the way it's planned by nature, and that's the best feeling you can get. It's important to realize that this will be a never ending need, if you sleep with thousands of girls, you won't feel happier, it's one big illusion that your brain plays on you, this same feeling for sex with other girls, will be reactivated and utilization in a very nice way, one you direct it to one girl and want only her, you won't feel any lack of something, you will feel ,very very complete, without the feeling that you are actually missing something when you are in relationship, because that feeling creates the fear. You think, if I'm only with my girl, I won't get the pleasure from being with other girls, I'm actually missing that!!! Well, you are not, it's a big big illusion, you are actually missing the most right now, as you want other girls, because your brain works in a deviated way and thus, you don't get the most of it. To get the most of it, you should use it the way it was planned to be used.

The pleasure I'm getting from my girlfriend is so huge now and there is so much lust combined with love that you cannot even imagine, I wouldn't want to think about another girl. Even if I think to, the fake pleasure I get from wanting other girls and even If I only have sex with them, cannot be compared to the real pleasure I get from my girl.
This is how I fixed myself, because this was a huge problem for me.

Also, after noticing that you would feel this way after m'bating; now, I will have to notice, if I too feel heightened sensitivity towards girls (esp white girls) after m'bating. I would not know this because I am trying to resist reaching orgasm for at least two months.

If you masturbate on some porn memories, the boosted and deviated instinct to get more girls, should also turn on. If you masturbate and don't turn on any porn networks, it won't turn on. This is what I think.

Hope I helped!

Hey Back2life

This is an amazing thread. Thank you so much for taking the time to write it all and answer questions.

Maybe it's because I'm tired, but I don't feel I'm clear on exactly what experiment you made to sample PR again. How long did you use it again before stopping again? Or are you talking about experiments you made in the past?

I'd like to find a place for this on the new website "Your Brain On Porn," as I think it can be really helpful to others.

It's not really a rebooting account, although your thoughts on rebooting are good, too. Maybe we should put it on this FAQ page http://yourbrainonporn.com/ask-us, and call it, "What happened when I went back to porn with a clear brain?" Or???

yes

[quote=Marnia]
It's not really a rebooting account, although your thoughts on rebooting are good, too. Maybe we should put it on this FAQ page http://yourbrainonporn.com/ask-us, and call it, "What happened when I went back to porn with a clear brain?" Or???[/quote]

..or "how do I know I became normal?"

thanks,

Hi Marnia

[quote=Marnia]This is an amazing thread. Thank you so much for taking the time to write it all and answer questions.

Maybe it's because I'm tired, but I don't feel I'm clear on exactly what experiment you made to sample PR again. How long did you use it again before stopping again? Or are you talking about experiments you made in the past?

I'd like to find a place for this on the new website "Your Brain On Porn," as I think it can be really helpful to others.

It's not really a rebooting account, although your thoughts on rebooting are good, too. Maybe we should put it on this FAQ page http://yourbrainonporn.com/ask-us, and call it, "What happened when I went back to porn with a clear brain?" Or???[/quote]

Thank you Marnia, as I said in the begging of The Experiment section, I masturbated on porn memories to turn on the PR :) It was absolutely enough for me, I didn't want to risk with the real stimuli (ie real porn or pictures), this would have done more damaging effects on me.
Furthermore, knowing that people are very individual and considering the fact that this experience is exclusively valid for me and my brain, may be with other people won't be like that if they are with clear brain and turn back to porn, I'm not sure if we should use that as something universal that every person will experience. Because, If I started with porn now, when I'm 24, I guess it won't have such effects on me, since all my brain functions would be nicely developed. Also as in my teenage years, I've watched a lot of television , which I believe also contributed for the slow development of my brain functions and personality, I can't blame only the porn, but porn sure does have its share in that, and it's a big share. My story would be probably mostly valid for men who started very early with porn and have sensitive brain to such stimuli, also have addictive type of brain. For other types of people, I cannot now.
Otherwise, if you consider it worthy, you can use the material in any way you find suitable.
For the title , it can be something as ,, How porn affects the brain,, ,,Possible effects of porn on the brain,, ,,You're clear and want to go back to porn, better think twice,, etc. I'm not sure really....

My experience is that it is

My experience is that it is helpful after some period of reboot to try only masturbation and only porn. Try each for as long as you can go until you begin to use them together. Then stop. This exposes the mind/body reaction to each separately. I think that helps break some links that it might otherwise seem hard to break. I'm not sure if the order of the experiment matters.