Posts made in April, 2014

5 Signs you are Involved with a Narcissist

»Posted by on Apr 27, 2014 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

Basically you can’t get close to a narcissist.  A relationship with a narcissist will be a problem, and the more narcissistic they are the more it becomes impossible. Sex addicts and addicts generally are often described as narcissistic, but many non-addicts are narcissists as well.  Trying to have a relationship with a true narcissist can be an extremely tortuous and confusing experience. The continuum of narcissism Many psychological disorders are now being talked about as existing on a “spectrum”, that is they are not like other diseases where either you have them or you don’t.  With spectrum disorders the set of symptoms can range from very mild to very severe. As I have discussed previously, narcissists at the mild end may be labeled as having...

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An Overview of Sex Addiction

»Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

It is well known among people in the 12-step programs that of all the addictions, sex is the most difficult to master. Far from the notion that sex addiction is the “fun” one, the suffering of people dealing with this affliction is enormous. It is common for members of the sex recovering groups to be unable to maintain any continuous time of sexual sobriety, giving way to despair and hopelessness. Before treatment, sexual enactment is the addict’s only source of safety, pleasure, soothing and acceptance. It vitalizes and connects. It relieves loneliness, emptiness and depression. Sex addiction has been called the athlete’s foot of the mind: It is an itch always waiting to be scratched. The scratching, however, causes wounds and never alleviates the...

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What We Know & Don’t Know About Addictions and Pornography

»Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

by Steven Bengis, David S. Prescott, and Joan Tabachnick   Question Is the addiction model a useful tool to treat excessive pornography use?   The Research David Ley, Nicole Prause, and Peter Finn offer a strong critique of the addiction model for the treatment of an adult’s high frequency use of visual sexual stimulus (VSS, often also referred to as sexually explicit media). The authors note the widespread use of the term “porn addiction” by both professionals and the media, and challenge the concept as “pseudoscientific practices surrounding it. While the language in the article might be an issue for some readers, the authors raise some valid concerns. They challenge readers to consider the available research on use of VSS and...

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