Internet porn works by hijacking the natural reward circuitry of the brain- because the brain is so easy to fool. This is called the Coolidge effect. Basically, when we masturbate/watch a naked woman our brain regards that as equivalent to sex. Humans are wired to be rewarded for procreation, so that sets up the dopamine firing up in the brain. It’s the same thing with junk food- burgers and pizzas and oily foods give more oil/salt/spice than we are supposed to expect in a normal food. This supernormal stimulus puts the brain in overdrive.
Novelty is also a source of dopamine- a huge one. That’s why the most dopamine is released just before you bit into a burger or just when you see a new bit of porn. The brain is wired to stay happy, so it secretes a chemical called DeltaFosB.
Some useful articles I found on DeltaFosB:
Desensitization occurs because our limbic system (the part of the brain associated with pleasure, among with other functions) tends to regulate our dopamine so that we don’t get too much of it at a time. So when we receive a small amount of dopamine, these receptors are triggered- that small amount could be from a joke, watching a bird sing or listening to music. However, when one watches porn, the amount of dopamine that floods the receptors is much larger. This means that the smaller sources on enjoyment, which first triggered the receptors, no longer trigger it, because they are used to a much larger amount of dopamine. Basically, porn blocks you from enjoying anything in life except porn or habits equally bad.
That is also why people keep searching for newer and more shocking porn- the brain is desensitized to older clips and seeks worse and novel things.
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The withdrawal from porn doesn’t cause any physical pain and is merely an empty, restless feeling of something missing, which is why many believe it’s something to do with sexual desire. Prolonged, this feeling becomes nervousness, insecurity, agitation, low confidence and irritability. It’s like hunger, for a poison.
All users begin seeking porn for irrational reasons. The only reason anybody continues using porn, is to feed that little monster that craves dopamine. A user tries to get back to the sense of peace, tranquility and confidence their body had before becoming hooked in the first place.
The porn trap is similar to wearing tight shoes just to obtain the pleasure of taking them off.
It’s when one is not consuming porn that you suffer the empty feeling. Because the process of getting
hooked is incredibly subtle and gradual in the early days, the empty feeling is regarded as normal and so isn’t blamed on the previous session.
This ’back to front’ reverse process makes all drugs difficult to kick. Imagine the state of panic of a heroin addict without any heroin; now picture the utter joy of when they can finally plunge a needle into their vein. Non-heroin addicts don’t suffer that panicked feeling. The heroin doesn’t relieve the feeling, it causes it. The same applies to porn.
Porn is not the same thing as eating. Eating solves hunger. Porn creates more hunger instead. Non-users don’t have dissatisfaction with their lives without porn- only PMOers do.
The human body is the most sophisticated object on the planet, but no species, even the
lowest prokaryote, survives without knowing the difference between food and poison.
The ‘enjoyment’ from porn is not real enjoyment, it’s just the safisfaction from removing the pangs which porn gave in the first place.
Fortunately, Although internet porn is the most powerful trigger for novelty and sex based dopamine flooding, because of the speed at which one becomes hooked, one is never badly hooked. Freedom is very achievable.
Users can even automatically refrain from using internet porn in their parents’ home during family gatherings and other events with little discomfort. In fact, most users have extended periods during which they abstain without effort. Why?
Because porn is easy to stop viewing! It’s just the brainwashing that needs to go. The false sense that one needs to get back to porn to get enjoyment. That’s a damn lie.