• Definition of Sexual Addiction
    Definition of Sexual Addiction
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    Sexual addiction – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:“According Patrick Carnes (Out of the Shadows) – the cycle begins with the ”Core Beliefs“ that sex addicts hold:”I am basically a bad, unworthy person.“”No one would love me as I am.“”My needs are never going to be met if I have to depend on others.“”Sex is my most important need.“These beliefs drive the addiction on its progressive and destructive course:Pain agentFirst a pain agent is triggered / emotional discomfort (e.g. shame, anger, unresolved conflict) Sex addict is not able to take care of the pain agent in a healthy way.Disassociation.Prior to acting out sexually, the sex addict goes through a period of mental preoccupation or obsession. Sex addict begins to disassociate (moves away from his feelings).

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