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  1. Don aka polybi
    03 · 3 · 10 @ 4:33 pm

    Xxxcellent blog on addictions!

    We create addictions because society requires us to conform to a near-dead status. Show that you enjoy something beyond what society demands and you are deemed and “addict” requiring intervention, therapy (of the medical variety), shunning and….in some cases….imprisonment.

    As well written as this is, we have to realize that a fundamental change in our sex-negative attitudes must change. This attaching to the notion of ‘sex addiction” is a prime example.

    polybi
    http://twitter.com/polybi2

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  2. Lorenzo
    03 · 3 · 10 @ 4:32 pm

    My wife says I’m addicted to sex and addicted to porn and addicted to the Internet. But what am I supposed to do when she doesn’t want to have sex which is most of the time? Do I need help or does she? Or do we?

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  3. Abigal Wiseman
    03 · 3 · 10 @ 4:32 pm

    What a refreshingly rational approach to our modern cult of superstition regarding addiction, especially the darkest bogeyman of all, sex addiction. You should go on Oprah with this!

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  4. Pragmatic
    03 · 3 · 10 @ 4:30 pm

    I’ve come to the conclusion they must’ve handed PHDs out like candy at your uni after reading your retarded, poorly thought out article Bye

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  5. James W. Prescott, Ph.D.
    03 · 3 · 10 @ 4:30 pm

    Hi Susan,

    Read with great interest your essay “Sinful” Sex Addiction: The Newest Way to Demonize Sexuality as posted in CounterPunch… a fine statement on the damaging effects of sexual puritanism that distorts our sexuality. The equating of sexual functions with “sin” is a monstrosity in itself that has created its own sexual pathology.

    I have been led to believe that “sex addiction” is a misnomer, where “sexual addictions” should be called “sexual obsessive-compulsive disorders; and other mislabeled “behavioral addictions” are “obsessive-compulsive” disorders. We are not likely to escape this classification anytime soon. Our battles continue.

    In Peace,

    Jim

    James W. Prescott, Ph.D.

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  6. John Klutke, M.D.
    03 · 3 · 10 @ 4:30 pm

    susan,

    you are a brilliant, brilliant writer and your intellect is superb. it is beautiful to read your words and i am glad that you are on this earth.

    i hope you know how much i value your (and max’s) friendship.

    john

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  7. Chester Layman
    03 · 3 · 10 @ 4:28 pm

    Dr. Block,

    I enjoyed your very lively Counterpunch piece on addictions. However, you’re quite, quite wrong to class exercise addiction with workaholism. They couldn’t be more different. Exercise is much closer to sex, drugs, and booze; it delivers an almost immediate rush. My current fix is walking to the top of Buena Vista, a hill here in San Francisco. The twenty minute walk up always makes me high. Like booze and drugs and some sex, vigorous exercise can be a solitary vice. Like sex, but unlike booze and drugs, it’s an addiction we share with animals — well, certain animals, anyway. Watch a dog chasing or being chased and tell me it’s not getting high.

    Work, on the other hand, delivers something much more abstract, no? Money in the bank. “Security.” The quieting of idling-guilt. More ominously, the numbing of obscure urges to do something else.

    I’d be tempted to put workaholism in a class of its own, a kind of bastardized addiction. But then that’s coming from someone who likes sex, drugs, booze, and exercise, but who never could stick with a job. . . .

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  8. Chester Layman
    03 · 3 · 10 @ 4:28 pm

    Dr. Block,

    I enjoyed your very lively Counterpunch piece on addictions. However, you’re quite, quite wrong to class exercise addiction with workaholism. They couldn’t be more different. Exercise is much closer to sex, drugs, and booze; it delivers an almost immediate rush. My current fix is walking to the top of Buena Vista, a hill here in San Francisco. The twenty minute walk up always makes me high. Like booze and drugs and some sex, vigorous exercise can be a solitary vice. Like sex, but unlike booze and drugs, it’s an addiction we share with animals — well, certain animals, anyway. Watch a dog chasing or being chased and tell me it’s not getting high.

    Work, on the other hand, delivers something much more abstract, no? Money in the bank. “Security.” The quieting of idling-guilt. More ominously, the numbing of obscure urges to do something else.

    I’d be tempted to put workaholism in a class of its own, a kind of bastardized addiction. But then that’s coming from someone who likes sex, drugs, booze, and exercise, but who never could stick with a job. . . .

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  9. Rich Melvin
    03 · 3 · 10 @ 4:28 pm

    Dr. Block,

    I have a adrenal disorder and through my research on adrenal exhaustion I found a eye-opening video on youtube. The video, as you would guess, is on adrenal exhaustion but at about 4:30 into it the doctor explains how you can tell a woman is a nymphomania (by looking at her tongue.) This is no joke just as my life-long adrenal problem is not anything to laugh at:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTyP7KlefhQ

    When I figure out which of my addictions are my favorite I will let you know.

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  10. Rich Melvin
    03 · 3 · 10 @ 4:28 pm

    Dr. Block,

    I have a adrenal disorder and through my research on adrenal exhaustion I found a eye-opening video on youtube. The video, as you would guess, is on adrenal exhaustion but at about 4:30 into it the doctor explains how you can tell a woman is a nymphomania (by looking at her tongue.) This is no joke just as my life-long adrenal problem is not anything to laugh at:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTyP7KlefhQ

    When I figure out which of my addictions are my favorite I will let you know.

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  11. Hot, Hung & Handsome in Glendale
    03 · 3 · 10 @ 4:28 pm

    Just wanted to say I am a HUGE fan Dr. Susan. From the first time I saw you on late night TV years ago I have always liked you. I like what you do for everyone by educating and making them more comfortable about their own fetishes. I guess you could say that I am addicted to you, but I feel it is a positive addiction. Would love to meet you and come to your parties.

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  12. Hot, Hung & Handsome in Glendale
    03 · 3 · 10 @ 4:28 pm

    Just wanted to say I am a HUGE fan Dr. Susan. From the first time I saw you on late night TV years ago I have always liked you. I like what you do for everyone by educating and making them more comfortable about their own fetishes. I guess you could say that I am addicted to you, but I feel it is a positive addiction. Would love to meet you and come to your parties.

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  13. Rubee10
    03 · 3 · 10 @ 4:27 pm

    I really enjoyed your article, which I read on Counterpunch. It was strangely comforting; well written, and well… sexy!

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  14. Rubee10
    03 · 3 · 10 @ 4:27 pm

    I really enjoyed your article, which I read on Counterpunch. It was strangely comforting; well written, and well… sexy!

    Reply

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