Addiction to sex can be dangerous and even deadly. According to psychological experts, it is more destructive than drugs and alcohol. Much research has been done on this topic and many psychologists are still working on finding out the exact reasons behind it.
Some think that the audacity in sexual behavior stems from hidden feelings, which are deep rooted and linked with the patient’s past or childhood. There are times when we suddenly react in a moderately violent way or lash out on someone innocent due to stress we have been undergoing. In psychological terms, such reactions are often termed as ‘acting out’.
A traumatic or disturbed childhood can give rise to many psychological disorders. Unstable family life and violence faced at childhood takes away the chances of normal mental growth of a kid. The pent up emotions turn in the later years into sexual addiction and can lead to sexually abusive behavior. A child gets his/ her emotional fulfillment from their family and parents. If they see parents fight with each other or engage in acts of physical or emotional violence, it affects their psyche deeply.
What does sex-addiction mean?
Sexual addiction can be seen as a progressive intimacy disorder. The sex addicts ‘act out’ under a compulsion and they cannot control their urges. Not all sex addicts commit sexual offence or hurt others for fulfilling their needs, but it has been observed that most sexual offenders are sex addicts. Sex addicts engage in voyeurism, excessive use of pornographic content and compulsive masturbation. With time the effectiveness of pornography and other mediums become ineffective for them and they engage more time in performing their abnormal sexual activities. The sex-addicts are incapable of quitting their sexual habits and this impacts their lives negatively.
What are the arousal-templates?
Arousal templates refer to a sum of a sexual-addicts behaviors, preferences, actions and thoughts. It summarizes his/ her sexual personality completely and thoroughly. With the help of the arousal-templates, psychologists are able to understand the level of disorder in which a certain individual is stuck. Sex addicts generally like to repeat certain acts or enjoy certain scenarios. The pornographic content that they watch and the way they act-out helps in determining the pattern of their arousal templates. Some sexual addictions are legal and perfectly above-board, like watching pornography or enjoying strip-teasing shows on a regular basis etc. Until or unless an individual’s sex-addiction leads them to commit an act of violence on someone else or watching/ making child-porn, it cannot be termed as a crime.
How does an arousal template help in understanding sex-addiction?
Psychologists use the way a sex-addict acts or his/her preferences to deduce the problems, which they might have suffered in their child-hood. The arousal templates are helpful in monitoring a patient’s odd sexual behaviors or activities and link them to their past.
How does an arousal template help in the treatment of sexual addiction?
An arousal template helps the psychologist pin-point the reasons behind the patient’s unnatural activities. Sometimes a traumatic past experience makes a sex-addict enact the situation repeatedly where they take up the role of the victim or the tormentor. Often they do not have any idea why they need to perform certain acts for sexual fulfillment and their thoughts are detached from their actions. To treat such addiction, the sex addicts are prohibited from pursuing their addiction so that they can get a grip over their thoughts and emotions.