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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The Hazards of Porn



Moms, ever wonder what's the big deal about pornography and your sons? Or pornography and your daughters? I'll get straight to the point: Pornography use has the potential to cause the following problems:

SOCIAL ISOLATION
~Withdrawing from social activity
~Developing a secret life
~Lying and deceiving others
~Becoming self-centered
~Choosing porn over people

MOOD DISORDERS
~Feeling irritable and defensive
~Feeling angry and depressed
~Experiencing mood swings
~Pervasive anxiety and fearfulness
~Feeling powerless in relation to porn

SEXUALLY OBJECTIFYING OTHER PEOPLE
~Treating people as sexual objects
~Judging people primarily in terms of their sexual body parts
~Disrespecting other peoples' needs for privacy and safety
~Being insensitive about sexually harmful behavior

SELF-LOATHING
~Feeling disconnected from personal values, beliefs and goals
~Loss of personal integrity
~Damaged self-esteem
~Persistent feelings of guilt and shame
~Feeling controlled by porn

NEGLECTING IMPORTANT AREAS OF LIFE
~Personal health (sleep deprivation, exhaustion, poor self-care)
~Family life (neglecting spouse, children and household responsibilities)
~Work and school pursuits (reduced focus, productivity and advancement)
~Spirituality (alienation from faith and spiritual practice)

ADDICTION TO PORN
~Craving porn intensely and persistently
~Difficulty controlling thoughts of, exposure to, and use of porn
~Inability to discontinue porn use despite negative consequences
~Requiring more extreme content or intense exposures to porn to get the same effect



What are you willing to do to help your children avoid these dangers?



Adapted from The Porn Trap: The Essential Guide to Overcoming Problems Caused by Pornography/ www.HealthySex.com (Poster #2)

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