Porn Addiction: Dopamine, Disgust, and Erectile Dysfunction

Gary Wilson

Gary Wilson (@YourBrainOnPorn) is a retired anatomy and physiology teacher, public speaker and writer.

Gary is the author of “Your Brain on Porn: Internet Pornography and the Emerging Science of Addiction“, and the co-founder, alongside his wife Marnia, of, a secular, science-based web site providing support and information for people wanting to recover from mental, physical, and social problems related to the consumption of porn.

In today’s episode we explore the neuroscience of porn addiction, the role of dopamine in driving porn use, why emotions such as shock and disgust make pornography not less, but more appealing, and the links between porn usage and erectile dysfunction.

We also discuss links between porn addiction and mental health issues such as depression and social anxiety, how chronic masturbation could be responsible for feelings of fatigue and brain fog, why increasing number of men are claiming to have no interest in sex with real women, how you can tell if you’re addicted to porn, and if so, what you can do to get yourself out of it.


Related Links

Your Brain on Porn – Gary’s website

Reboot Nation – Support forum helping people recover from artificial sexual stimulation

NoFap – Reddit Forum

PornFree – Reddit Forum

Book Recommendations


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Porn Scars: Afflictions of the Porn Generation

Wendy Maltz

Wendy Maltz (@healthysextweet) is an internationally recognized certified sex therapist with more than forty years of clinical experience, and a leading expert on healing sexual abuse, women’s sexual fantasies, healthy sexuality, and recovery from porn-related concerns.

She has served as an Adjunct Instructor teaching “Human Sexuality in Counseling” at the University of Oregon, and in 2014, she received the prestigious Carnes award from the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health for “her outstanding work in the field of sexual addiction.”

Wendy is the author of numerous books including “Private Thoughts: Exploring the Power of Women’s Sexual Fantasies“, “The Sexual Healing Journey: A Guide for Survivors of Sexual Abuse“, and the book which expands on today’s topic “The Porn Trap: The Essential Guide to Overcoming Problems Caused by Pornography“.

In today’s episode we discuss the social and psychological consequences for young men who grow up with fast and easy access to increasingly extreme pornography.


Related Links – Wendy’s website

Do You Know the Difference? (Porn-related Sex vs Healthy Sex) – Poster

The Hazards of Porn – Poster

Teenagers are having less sex, but contracting more STI’s – Cosmopolitan

Book Recommendations



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