Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Partner Addicted to Internet Porn

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Partner Addicted to Internet Porn

Article excerpt

Q MY PARTNER of many years is watching

pornography on the

net. He waits until I go out and then spends time watching it.

I thought we had an excellent sexual relationship but this addiction to watching

pornography is driving me crazy.

I have told him that I feel hurt and insulted, but he continues to do it. He says it is not a reflection of me or about whether I'm being sexy enough.

It is eroding my self-esteem.

Am I over-reacting or it is normal to feel hurt and

humiliated?

A IT IS understandable that you feel hurt, or even rejected by your partner. Incorporating the use of pornography in a relationship is a reflection of your values, choices and

intimacy as a couple.

Many couples successfully negotiate one or both partners watching porn, separately, together or both. But those couples are in healthy relationships in which the partners feel trust, mutual respect, kind regard for one another and listen to one another, taking effort to

understand each other's

perspective. If these essential elements are not present, it becomes staggeringly difficult to navigate problems or differing perspectives and values.

That your partner is consistently waiting until you leave to watch internet porn suggests that it is an activity he deliberately chooses to do privately and not incorporate into your shared sex life. …

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