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Religion makes people think they are more addicted to PORN than they really are

Catholic blame? Religion makes people think that they are more addicted to porn and that their tastes are more extreme than they really are.

  • Psychologists analyzed the opinions of more than 3,500 people about porn.
  • They discovered that moral or religious beliefs can cause anguish over the use of pornography
  • This may be unhealthy, they suggest, in cases where the use of pornography is quite normal.

Religion makes people think they are more addicted to pornography and believe that their tastes are more extreme than they really are.

US researchers UU. They said that fear of pornography addiction may be causing unnecessary distress among people who have perfectly normal behavior.

The team supports the official recognition of compulsive sexual behavior disorder, but warns that therapists must take into account their own prejudices when making diagnoses.

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Religion makes people think they are more addicted to pornography, and believe that their tastes are more extreme than they really are (stock image)

Religion makes people think they are more addicted to pornography, and believe that their tastes are more extreme than they really are (stock image)

"Self-reported pornography addiction is likely to be deeply intertwined with religious and moral beliefs for some people," said author and psychologist Joshua Grubbs of Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

"When people morally disapprove of pornography but still use it anyway, they are more likely to report that pornography is interfering with their lives."

Professor Grubbs and his colleagues analyzed the beliefs of more than 3,500 people in two studies and found that moral or religious beliefs are a central factor contributing to the anguish over the use of pornography.

The team discovered that those who were religious were more likely to believe they were addicted to pornography, even if their use of pornography was the same as less religious participants who did not believe that their use of pornography was a problem.

"We are not suggesting that people need to change their moral or religious beliefs," said Professor Grubbs.

However, he added, "it is not useful for someone with a low or normal amount of pornography to be convinced that they have an addiction because they feel bad."

& # 39; HowmeMoreover, if someone wants to reduce their use of pornography because it causes anguish, then therapists should work with them without prejudice and without causing embarrassment & # 39; & # 39 ;.

This confusion is worrying for psychologists, who request that compulsive sexual behavior disorder (CSBD) be included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, since accurate diagnoses are not made.

Professor Grubbs said he supports a diagnosis of CSBD as a distinct mental illness, but said that mental health professionals should ensure that their own prejudices do not lead to inaccuracies.

For example, previous research has shown that therapists are less likely to diagnose LGBTQ people with CSBD, while religious therapists are more likely to see the use of pornography as addictive and evidence of mental illness.

"We are not suggesting that people need to change their moral or religious beliefs," said Professor Grubbs. However, he added, "it is not useful for someone with a low or normal amount of pornography to be convinced that they have an addiction because they feel bad."

"This diagnosis allows access to care for people who need treatment," Professor Grubbs added.

"Cultural sensitivity is needed for any diagnosis," he continued.

"The CSBD will require that doctors and therapists be aware and sensitive to the unique aspects of themselves and their clients that could influence how symptoms should be addressed."

The full findings of the study were published in the Abnormal Psychology Magazine.

What is sex addiction?

In July 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that sex addiction is a mental health disorder.

However, many experts disagree on whether this is a real diagnosis.

According to the Relate relationship counseling service, sex addiction is any intimate activity that feels "out of control."

This could be sex with a partner, masturbation, use of pornography, visit prostitutes or use chat lines.

In some cases, people feel unable to control their impulses, which affects their quality of life and that of those around them.

According to the WHO, compulsive sexual behavior disorder is defined as the inability to control the intense sexual impulses that lead people to neglect their health even though they often do not get pleasure from having intimacy.

Patients must suffer the disorder for at least six months and experience substantial distress as a result of their addiction, before being diagnosed, adds WHO.

Source: NHS options

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