Lumpyoatmeal saidAnd who is this Dr. Patrick Carnes? The iitap.com site he's a part of reminds me of chiropractic.
Here ya go: 'Carnes attributes the source of the addictions to the addict's belief system. He stated that a fundamental momentum for the addiction is provided by "certain core beliefs" in the addict's thinking that are wrong or incorrect: "Generally, addicts do not perceive themselves as worthwhile persons. Nor do they believe that other people would care for them or meet their needs if everything was known about them, including the addiction. Finally, they believe that sex is their most important need. Sex is what makes isolation bearable. If you do not trust people, one thing that is true about sex--and alcohol, food, gambling, and risk--is that it always does what it promises--for the moment. Thus, as in our definition of addiction, the relationship is with sex--and not people"
In 1989, Patrick Carnes elaborated a diagnostic test for sexual addiction. At present the test is extensively made use of. Although very popular, Carnes’s idea of sexual addiction still remains controversial. It is sometimes considered to be nothing but disguised social judgments. Some scholars suggest that there has been an attempt to return to a pathological model of sexuality using the concept of addiction (Irvine, 1995). Before the sexual freedom of the 1960s, those who engaged in promiscuous sex were often considered physically, mentally, or morally sick. Carnes’s model of sexual addiction seems to "repathologize" these sexual behaviors (Keane, 2004). Many psychologists and psychiatrists (including, notably, David J. Ley, Ph.D., in The Myth of Sex Addiction triggered a firestorm of debate) argue that one cannot be addicted to sex, according to the standard definition of the word "addiction."
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