Irish sex counselor warns Irish couples about Internet porn

An Irish sex counselor states she has seen "catastrophic consequences" of Internet porn on Irish relationships between couples.

An Irish sex counselor states she has seen "catastrophic consequences" of Internet porn on Irish relationships between couples. She calls it the "elephant in the room" in many Irish relationships.

Writing in Journal.ie, Eithen Bacuzzi, a psychosexual councelor for Relationships Ireland, stated “Let me say here, that I believe and have witnessed some catastrophic consequences where internet porn becomes a feature in a couple’s relationship.

“In the extreme its constant solo use can go to the very soul of the relationship. The frequency of use is very often lied about and if discovered, becomes a very contentious issue. I call it “the elephant in the room."

She stated that “Partners of frequent users who have chosen porn over relationship sex often report body and self esteem issues."

She stated it can develop over time. Getting caught up in viewing internet porn doesn’t happen overnight.

She stated it often becomes an addiction.

“So when is it an addiction? When it replaces the relationship. When desire and arousal is present only while viewing these images. When it’s used as an escape mechanism, to avoid feeling lonely, hurt and stressed. When it interferes with one’s normal life and where there is disengagement from a close partner. Self-delusion can take over and secrets become the norm. Fear of discovery becomes a constant burden and one feels powerless and ashamed.”
 

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