Your Brain on Porn!

This is an excellent resource for those of us who struggle with crossdressing or pornography or CD fiction, or looking at pictures of crossdressers.  What I am referring to are any of these activities or similar ones that have become sexual addiction for you.   Check this site out – Your Brain on Porn.  This website is tremendously interesting and helpful.  Spend some time reading there and you will come to see why sexual addictions like pornography, especially those that are internet related, are so damaging.  These addictions and abundance of stimuli actually alter our brains.  This is why the addictions are so hard to break, and why they cause so many other damaging changes in our lives.

Let me tell you more about this site with excerpts from the about page at their site.

This site focuses on porn’s effects on the brain—male or female. However, since this has been predominantly a male challenge (and the self-reports are overwhelmingly from men), the site has a definite male slant.
This site will help you understand exactly how today’s extreme Internet porn can alter the brain. Armed with that knowledge, you’ll realize that some primitive circuitry in your brain is just trying to do its job when it pushes you toward porn. And you’ll see how to outsmart it and restore your balance.

I really suggest reading the whole about page, as it will give you a good introduction to the site and give you some explanation of resources you can check and videos to watch.  About page.

This page is really helpful to get you started killing the addiction that is destroying and sucking your life away – Rebooting Basics.

I think this page is really helpful too as it gives lots of tools you can use in combating the addiction and doing what it takes to really stop – Tools for Change.  There is also a lot on the site about masturbation and how to give up addiction to that as well.   There is even a whole page about understanding and dealing with fetishes.

Interestingly, it seems fairly common for pornography addiction to turn into other things.  This makes sense with what I’ve learned on the site.  Old stimuli gets old quickly and the addict continues to look for new pictures and new stimuli and maybe something just a little bit different.  A lot of heterosexual men have started to become addicted to transsexual pornography.  This site has a page about this as well as many testimonies of those who overcame this type of pornography addiction.  I’m straight, but attracted to transexual or gay porn (or gay attracted to straight porn). What’s up?

I myself have never been addicted to pornography of any kind, and never looked at it intentionally.  But the addiction to transsexual pornography described at the site in the testimonies seems sort of similar to my past addictions to crossdressing fiction, and to looking at pictures of crossdressers.  I think there are two main differences between my addiction and theirs.  1.  I didn’t look at nude pictures but rather pictures of clothed crossdressers.  2.  I had different motivation for coming to this addiction.  My crossdressing interest/addiction is what made these photos exciting and stimulating.  I’m not sure how heterosexual men who aren’t crossdressers would start to become addicted to transsexual pornography but it seems to be for different reasons than mine, maybe just accidental because of looking for new porn stimuli.    What we have in common though is that these internet behaviors escalated to more and more different kinds of stimuli that we never expected to be aroused to.  These porn addicts went from heterosexual pornography to transsexual pornography.  I went from stories about crossdressing to stories about crossdressing infused with homosexuality.  And in their case and mine, they become unquenchable addictions, always needing more and more, until finally after quitting cold turkey, we then had peace and life again.

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3 comments on “Your Brain on Porn!

  1. Ralph says:

    Yes! This is what I’ve been saying all along about people for whom crossdressing is about sexual arousal:
    [quote]Then comes puberty and all erotic memories gain power, and reinforcement with each instance of associated, even unconsciously associated, arousal.[quote]

    When you’re at that point in adolescence, *everything* generates some sexual arousal, or more accurately you’re in a constant state of sexual arousal. So you pull on that slip or panties or nylons or whatever, and your brain quietly makes the connection between the nice feel of soft fabric brushing your skin — especially particular parts of your skin — with the increasing pleasure of sexual arousal. You do it again, get the same response, and this only serves to confirm your brain’s earlier link between what you wear and how you feel about it. After a few months/years of this, you’re now hardwired to associate wearing lacy undergarments with sexual arousal, and you were *never even aware* of the programming that took place.

    The same could be said of any repeated activity that happens to coincide with increased feelings of sexual pleasure. Even though the activity did not directly cause the feelings, your brain connects the two and just like Pavlov’s dog you eventually can’t experience one without the other.

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  2. thorin25 says:

    Ralph, that would definitely make sense of my experience, since I crossdressed before having looked at porn or even doing anything like kissing a girl. Not sure though why I had dreams about crossdressing as early as kindergarten though. Perhaps I was somehow wired or predisposed to crossdressing somehow. Maybe just because of insecurity with my masculinity. At any rate, if the hardwiring you speak of hadn’t taken place before more normal lusting, or kissing girls, etc. perhaps I would never have developed such a taste for crossdressing.

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  3. A Quiet Voice says:

    I think that Ralph’s assessment is spot on.

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