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Understanding Why Pornography Addiction is a Brain Disease

Understanding Why Pornography Addiction is a Brain Disease
“One ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them. One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them. In the Land of Mordor where the shadows lie.” -J.R.R. Until the general public becomes more informed about the reality of how pornography impacts the human brain it will continue to be looked upon as a moral weakness or a form of mere entertainment. Pornography addiction is the most difficult addiction to treat because it hits at the very core of our humanity. Throughout my professional carrier I have spent countless hours treating those with chemical dependency addictions such as with alcohol, heroin/opiates, cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana etc. Our brains are made up of tiny chemicals called neurotransmitters. The physical/chemical brain has a tremendous capacity to gain control of the mind. In essence, the only difference between a heroin or cocaine addict is the way the drug enters the system. “I am sick to my core by virtue of my indulgence in pornography.

Spiritueurs et New-Âge : leurs méthodes de présentation. - Le blog de Satyneh 1- New-Âge : une soupe frelatée servie à tous les râteliers : Sous l'appellation "New-âge", ou "néo-spiritualité", ou encore "nouveau/elle [insert ce que vous voulez]" se touille une soupe ésotérique que l’on sert désormais à tous les râteliers, visible et repérable sur la toile comme une grosse araignée venimeuse à l’ouvrage. Se targuant de sagesse, d'éveil, de contacts privilégiés avec les entités des Hautes Hiérarchies Célestes via ses restaurateurs « spiritueurs » sur la Carte du Menu du Jour, ses accompagnements sirupeux "amour-gloire-et-beauté" font saliver et désarçonnent tout réflexe d’exploration informative, oubliant même d’aller renifler de plus près les relents de ce fumé coloré. La sauce "Nouvel Age", "Nouvelle Ere", ou "Nouveau paradigme" a lifté ses plis frelatés datant de ses premiers mixages "occidentorientaux" du siècle dernier. 2- Leurs messagers se disputent une course : 3- ce ne sont pas ceux qui en parlent le plus qui 7- En mal de reconnaissance :

The neuroscientific study of hallucinogens Recently, an important and landmark paper was published in PLoS ONE (hooray open access!) titled, "Investigating the Mechanisms of Hallucinogen-Induced Visions Using 3,4-Methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA): A Randomized Controlled Trial in Humans". It sounds daunting, but trust me, it's a very cool, approachable study. Now, in the spirit of full-disclosure, the lead author Dr. Matthew Baggott (hereafter referred to as "Matt"), is a friend of mine from grad school and he's been kind enough to grant me a very thorough interview for this post. At the bottom of this post you will also find an hour-long YouTube interview with Matt about his research as part of "Dr. That said, my real-life association with Matt is not biasing my opening statement; his paper is truly landmark for many reasons. [T]here is a staggering diversity of hallucinogens out there: hundreds of compounds, each affecting different combinations of binding sites in the brain. I think you hit the nail on the head.

Les bouleversements de l’espace-temps : vers une redéfinition des pratiques commémoratives et de leurs lieux consacrés à l’ère des TIC 1 Sur cette modification des structures mentales par l’écriture, voir les travaux de Jack Goody (197 (...) 1La société moderne est marquée par le développement de la communication. Les médias — quatrième pouvoir — et les NTIC participent de cet essor. Cette « explosion de la communication », pour emprunter à Philippe Breton et à Serge Proulx (2006), semble traduire un véritable changement de paradigme, tant l’aspect quantitatif du phénomène s’accompagne d’un saut qualitatif, peut-être jamais égalé dans le domaine depuis l’invention de l’écriture1 et celle de l’imprimerie (Eisenstein, 1991), qui a donné naissance à la galaxie Gutenberg, telle que définie par Marshall McLuhan. 2 A ce sujet, voir les écrits philosophiques d’Emmanuel Kant, et surtout sa Critique de la raison pu (...) 3 Le direct télévisé, par l’introduction d’une communication en « temps réel », ou encore la virtual (...) Espaces virtuels et synchronie : la modification des rapports à l’espace-temps à l’ère d’Internet

Falling in love is 'more scientific than you think,' according to new study by SU professor Falling in love is 'more scientific than you think,' according to new study by SU professor October 18, 2010 Donna Adamo(315) 443-5172 A new meta-analysis study conducted by Syracuse University Professor Stephanie Ortigue is getting attention around the world. Ortigue is an assistant professor of psychology and an adjunct assistant professor of neurology, both in The College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University. Results from Ortigue’s team revealed when a person falls in love, 12 areas of the brain work in tandem to release euphoria-inducing chemicals such as dopamine, oxytocin, adrenaline and vasopression. The findings beg the question, “Does the heart fall in love, or the brain?” “That’s a tricky question always,” says Ortigue. Other researchers also found blood levels of nerve growth factor, or NGF, also increased. The study also shows different parts of the brain fall for love.

Nancy Huston: + autonomie des femmes = + objets! « Plus les femmes sont autonomes, plus elles deviennent objets » À quelques jours de la Journée de la femme, le 8 mars, nous avons rencontré cette essayiste, romancière, féministe de la première heure. Nancy Huston nous parle de la féminité et dénonce la disparition d’un regard valorisant sur la maternité. Psychologies : Vous êtes née au Canada, vous avez grandi aux États-Unis, en Allemagne, et vous vivez en France depuis trente-huit ans. Nancy Huston : Je me sens en exil depuis toujours. Quelle petite fille étiez-vous ? N.H. : J’étais les quatre enfants de mon roman Lignes de faille : perverse et cruelle comme Sol, perplexe et nerveuse comme Randall, extrêmement triste et en colère comme Sadie, euphorique et joyeuse comme Kristina. À quel moment votre mère est-elle partie ? N.H. : J’avais 6 ans quand elle nous a définitivement quittés, mon frère aîné, ma petite soeur et moi, mais il y avait eu des velléités de départs auparavant. Vous lui devez tout, malgré son départ ? N.H. : Oui.

ADDICTION AND YOUR BRAIN Addiction "Hijacks" Your Brain According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine addiction has now been officially classified as a Brain Disease...While some of us are more vulnerable to it than others, addiction is not just about people behaving badly. All of us have the potential to acquire this disease. Your brain has a built in Reward System referred to as your "Pleasure Pathway" that is activated by behavior that makes you feel good. It's designed to promote positive behavior connected to the survival of the species, such as food and sex, but it responds equally to less productive behavior such as drugs and alcohol. Sending the wrong signals to this area of your brain is very dangerous. We can become addicted to almost anything and we may have no idea what's really taking place until we try to stop. Addiction is far more involved than its symptoms describe---It's more than just the highs, the cravings and the things people do to achieve one or avoid the other.

How objectification silences women - the male glance as a psychological muzzle : Not Exactly Rocket Science For something intangible, a glance can be a powerful thing. It can carry the weight of culture and history, it can cause psychological harm, and it can act as a muzzle. Consider the relatively simple act of a man staring at a woman’s body. Tamar Saguy is different. Saguy’s study is one of the first to provide evidence of the social harms of sexual objectification – the act of treating people as “de-personalised objects of desire instead of as individuals with complex personalities”. She recruited 207 students, 114 of whom were women, on the pretence of studying how people communicate using expressions, gestures and vocal cues. Saguy found that women talked about themselves for less time than men, but only if they thought they were being visually inspected by a man, and particularly if they thought their bodies were being checked out. Men had no such qualms. Obviously, this experiment used a fairly artificial scenario. Even so, these behaviours don’t go unnoticed. More on gender issues:

Psychopharmacology Institute Corps en miettes C’est dans le cadre des discussions autour de la révision des lois bioéthiques, qui devrait intervenir au plus tard en 2011, que Sylviane Agacinski publie chez Flammarion "Corps en miettes", un essai sur la question des mères porteuses. Aux sénateurs qui proposent d’encadrer cette pratique et à ceux qui souhaitent sa légalisation, elle répond : La barbarie a toujours été moderne, toujours nouvelle, toujours actuelle. Nous progressons parfois vers elle sans le vouloir, aveuglés par les "progrès" de la puissance technologique et les ruses du marché. Sur 134 pages, la philosophe développe ses arguments. Avec conviction, Sylviane Agacinski dénonce l’extension absolue, sans reste, d’une mentalité capitaliste dans un monde où les plus faibles sont ainsi naturellement les premières proies de tous les marchés humiliants, comme le marché du sexe ou pire, celui des organes. L’auteur dénonce d’ailleurs l’hypocrisie du langage en la matière.

Sans de vrais hommes, point de vraies femmes The Misogyny of Perfection Spoiler alert: please read this commentary after watching the movie. I have a friend who is a professor of women's studies who steadfastly refuses to go to the opera or the ballet, maintaining that both are profoundly misogynistic. Her oft-repeated comment is that "the girl almost always dies at the end" (think Tosca, Carmen, Mimi, Thais, Cho-cho-san, Giselle, and of course the White Swan). She will not be going to the movies to see Black Swan any time soon. Well, I just finished watching Black Swan and it made me wish that I had followed her example. I had heard from many sources that the movie was "dark" -- but "dark" does not even begin to describe it. A fragile little thing crumbling in the face of pressure After watching the film, I looked on the internet to see if anyone else agreed with my unease about it. Black Swan only reflects the misogyny that already exists in society What you are reading here is not meant to be a review so much as a commentary. Seeking perfection

the sexualisation of girls | Anonymous I was first scouted at the age of 14 by one of the world's most prestigious model agencies. I was told that my life had now changed and had to be perfect: bikini waxes, leg waxes, lots of water, perfect skin and having to stay slim were all on the agenda. I had just about started my period by then. When I put on seven pounds to become a whopping seven and a half stone, it was commented on before I'd made it halfway through the office. I did my first topless shoot a year later for a well-known photographer, and they were photographs that oozed sex. As far as I'm concerned we drape paedophilic images from every billboard and expensive magazine. • This contributor prefers to remain anonymous Lili Owen Rowlands, posts as liliscarlet But I am ashamed that I did not question the very notion of sexualisation, that I succumbed to the male gaze so young. Melanie Gerlis, posts as melaniegerlis Erinn Dhesi, posts as mrsmiawallace

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