Sunday, March 1, 2015

First Five Steps to Freedom

1.  The first step is to get rid of all pornographic materials in your house.  If you had your first exposure on the Internet, setting up a reliable filter for your browser is highly recommended.  You need to keep yourself from craving newer and newer material every night.

2.  Read up "The Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg and "The Willpower Instinct" by Kelly Mcgonigal.  They are two wonderful books that have helped me curb my addiction.  They are easy to read and offer great tools to help you succeed not only in getting rid of pornography, but in overcoming other habits such as smoking and binge eating.  I am not a smoker but I binge sometimes, which is another personal dragon to slay.

3.  You can use the "Urge - Response - Reward" model.  I got this from the books above.  When you feel the urge to watch pornography, can you do something other than giving in?  A workout routine perhaps?  Or would you prefer meditation, prayer, or reading?

And instead of promising to God that you get rid of pornography forever, you can simply ask your brain to wait for another few minutes whenever the urge kicks in.  And when it comes back again, ask for another few minutes until the urge subsides.  I got this technique from Mcgonigal and it works like a charm.  It would take some degree of willpower exercise.  You may fail a lot but simply start over and try again.  But this is the most powerful technique that works best for me.

And when you overcome the urge, what kind of reward would you like to have?  You can treat yourself to a prize better than the pleasure of jacking off to porn.  Perhaps you can go to a restaurant you have not tried before, or buy a concert ticket of your favorite band.  For some people, overcoming is already a reward by itself.

4.  Another powerful technique is Hypnosis.  You can use the book "Instant Self-Hypnosis" by Forbes Robbins Blair.  I love to work on hypnosis and it has given me willpower in pursuing my personal goals.

But it does not work for everyone because getting into trance may vary from person to person.  You may need a therapist if you feel that you are not getting any results.

5.  Keep yourself healthy.  Sleeping early, spending more time exercising and eating a healthful diet would increase your willpower.  An active person would have an easier time fending off the urge than an Internet bum could do so.

Nowadays, I run and do yoga at least 5 times a week.  I use my phone to surf the Internet and I am not browsing for porn any more.  But a few years ago, I spent my time on the Internet up to 2 in the morning surfing for porn.  And I could be be up at 5 in the morning.  I was so spent I had no energy to report for work.

Give yourself forty (40) days to see for yourself if it works for you.  When you find yourself getting an erection in the morning, it is a good sign that the technique is working.  As for masturbation, although I do not see it necessarily wrong, try not to give in for at least forty days.  I have seen some programs that can go as far as no PMO (porn, masturbation, orgasm) for 100 days.  Perhaps it would work but I find it too difficult for me.  

Modify step three if it does not work for you.  The steps may not also work if you are under huge stress.  Keep yourself relaxed and ask friends for help.  You can do it.  We can break free.

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