Psychographics of Spouses of Sex/Porn Addicts

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Psychographics of Spouses of Sex/Porn Addicts

Sex/porn addiction is a significant threat to marriage, family, children, and individual happiness. The sex/porn addiction of an individual may substantially affect the personality or psychology of their partners as the partners of sex/porn addicts tend to develop deep feelings of anger, betrayal, mistrust, etc. The partners of sex/porn addicts may also suffer from decreased self-esteem, and they may lose interest in sexual intercourse altogether.

Partners of sex/porn addicts tend to develop deep feelings of anger, betrayal, mistrust, etc.

  • Any relationship involving a sex addict results in significant suffering for both partners. The impact of this addiction on each partner is dependent on several factors.
  • The sexual addiction of a partner can significantly disrupt a relationship or a family unit, and in such cases, treatment becomes essential for both the addict and their partner.
  • Sexual addiction may result in the development of guilt, shame, anger, and other intense feelings in the partner or codependent of the sexual addict.
  • Pornography significantly affects the emotional life of people as the spouses of porn addicts harbor feelings of intense betrayal, mistrust, and anger.
  • In the absence of proper counseling to understand the reasoning behind their partner's porn addiction, such intense feeling developed within the partners of porn addicts may put the already tense relationship into further peril.

Decreasing self-esteem amongst partners of sex/porn addicts.

  • The revelation of their partner's sex/porn addiction may be very insulting for the spouse of the sex addict. It may also be believed that they knew of their spouse's sex addiction and were enabling it. This may result in a significant shock and damage to the self-esteem of the spouses of the sex/porn addict.
  • The partner of sex addicts may also suffer from trauma leading to depression, anxiety and panic attacks, rage, or total dissociation.
  • The psychological wounds developed in the partner of a sex/porn addict may also lead to severe depression as the partners of a sex/porn addict may consider themselves to be unattractive or sexually incapable of satisfying their partners.
  • Pornography leads to reduced intimacy amongst partners that results in an emotional distancing between them, which can significantly damage any relationship.

Partners of sex/porn addicts lose interest in sexual intercourse.

  • As sex/porn addicts value sexual relations more than an emotional connection, their spouses tend to experience decreased intimacy, and this may lead to a lack of interest in sexual intercourse from both the partners.
  • In a study undertaken to determine the effects of cybersex, it was reported that about one-third of respondents whose partners were engaged in cybersex had lost interest in sexual intercourse.
  • The same study also reported that in one-fifth of the couples, both the addict and their partner had a remarkable reduction in interest towards sexual activity.


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