How Porn Changes the Brain

Do you want to know how porn changes the brain? Well, it is not pretty. Science shows that porn changes the brain in many terrible ways. Unfortunately, these changes can lead to sexual dysfunction, anxiety, and depression. Also, men tend to be less satisfied in their relationship which leads to many other problems.

We also know that sexual violence in porn is increasing. This is because men who consume frequent and consistent porn are building tolerance to regular sexual activity. Thus, their brain needs more graphic and highly stimulating images to get the same feeling that they did before. Violence in porn has become the number one way to ramp up the stimulation. Let’s look at how porn changes the brain.

3 Ways How Porn Changes the Brain:

Perfect Conditions for Re-Wiring the Brain

Repeated watching of porn literally causes the brain to re-wire itself to want more and more. Let me tell you how it happens. It uses a state called “Flow”. This state is my favorite thing in the world unless it is being used inappropriately, as is the case with porn. Flow happens when you are so deeply engaged in the activity that you are doing that you lose time and nothing else matters. This is the case with people who love their work, artists, and top athletes. It is also the case with porn. Ugghhh.

Flow is the perfect state within the brain for new, long-lasting neural connections to be formed. That is why musicians get better when they practice in flow. It is also why it is so hard to stop watching porn once you have started.

Brain Chemical Dump for Pleasure and Pain

While in front of porn, with all the stimulating images, the brain is getting a massive dump of neurotransmitters, chemicals in the brain, that help it to feel good and avoid pain. That is why porn with its easy, free, anonymous access has become the drug of choice these days. Thus, that is why I am here.

Erosion of the Prefrontal Cortex.

The prefrontal cortex is the command center of the brain. As such, it is responsible for executive function that oversees planning, organization judgment, and impulse control. When this area is impacted by porn, the person has difficulty with decision making, compulsive behaviors, and regulating impulses and emotions. This is called hypofrontality. On a qEEG Brain Map, this pattern is visible. It shows up as excessive production of Delta and Theta slow brain speeds. The frontal lobe is important in overall development as teens grow into adulthood. Some neuroscientists go as far as to say that porn re-wires the brain to a juvenile state.

Brain Structures and Connections between Brain Areas Impaired

Believe it or not, the brains of men who watch porn are less active and less connected than those of men who do not consume porn regularly. Interestingly, Science shows these areas are smaller in those men who watch porn. Brain reward centers are thought to be worn down by frequent porn consumption. This makes it harder for men to quit porn once they have stopped.

If your man has a problem with porn I want you to know this. His porn habit WILL NOT get better. It WILL GET WORSE. That is not my opinion, it is science. The 3 reasons above, and many, many more make it so that it will become increasingly harder for your man to stop watching porn. If he is already on this road, you and he will likely need professional help. If you would like me to help with a proven formula, then visit my personal sexual recovery coaching page HERE for more details. I can help you break free of this and restore your relationship. Need more information? Keep clicking around on the BLOG for many more posts on porn and sex addiction.

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