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Wendy Maltz & Larry Maltz

The Essential Guide to Overcoming Problems Caused by Pornography

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The Porn Trap by Wendy Maltz & Larry Maltz is a book that sheds light on the addictive nature of pornography and provides practical strategies for overcoming it and reclaiming a healthy and fulfilling sex life.

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    What’s In It For Me? Escaping the Porn Trap

    In 1964, Potter Stewart – then Supreme Justice – was asked what his definition for ‘obscenities’ was. His response? “I can’t define it, but I know it when I see it.” 

    When we talk about a pornography addiction, it isn’t helpful to discuss universal lines between what is porn and what isn’t. What we consider porn can be different between people. Porn is porn because of how you respond to it. 

    In other words, it’s porn if you think it’s porn. 

    In the 90s, sex therapists started to see an increase in the number of people seeking treatment for porn addiction. These people’s porn use was crossing the line from pleasure activity to compulsion, and it was impacting the quality of their lives and relationships.

    As the internet moved pornography away from seedy video stores and into the privacy of our homes, the problem of porn addiction seemed to skyrocket. But as with many sexual topics, porn remains taboo, and many porn users struggle to get help or even recognize the issues that their addictions are causing. 

    We’re going to look at what porn is, why it’s addictive and what harm it can cause. We’ll share stories from real people, and give you six steps to recovery based on the success stories of former addicts. If porn has started to affect you or your loved ones’ life, career or relationships, these are the strategies you need to break you out of the porn trap. Some of the content in this Blink could potentially be triggering.

    Although it might seem simple, funny or gross to talk about overcoming a porn addiction, it can be incredibly difficult for a user to give up porn. To help understand why, let’s start by looking at what a porn addiction actually is. 

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    What is The Porn Trap about?

    The Porn Trap (2010) is your guide to understanding the powerful grasp that porn can have on people’s lives, and how to escape it. Drawing from real cases, it outlines what porn addiction is and the real consequences it has had. Then it provides six steps for those suffering from addiction to take back control of their lives.

    The Porn Trap Review

    The Porn Trap (2009) sheds light on the harmful effects of pornography and offers a path to recovery for those struggling with its grip. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • With its in-depth exploration of the porn industry and its impact, the book provides valuable insights into the hidden dangers of pornography addiction.
    • Co-authored by a husband-and-wife duo, the book offers a unique combination of personal experiences and professional perspectives, creating a comprehensive and relatable guide.
    • Through its practical exercises and strategies, the book empowers individuals to break free from the destructive cycle of pornography, offering hope, support, and a way forward.

    Who should read The Porn Trap?

    • People struggling with their relationship with porn
    • Anyone who suspects their partner has a porn addiction
    • Councilors, therapists and supporters for people with porn addictions

    About the Author

    Wendy and Larry Maltz are both internationally recognized therapists that help patients to build a healthier relationship with sex. Wendy is also an educator, lecturer, and author of a number of books on sexual recovery, in particular The Sexual Healing Journey. Larry is the executive director of the Maltz Counseling Association. They are married and believe that healthy sexuality is a right everyone deserves and can achieve. 

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    The Porn Trap FAQs 

    What is the main message of The Porn Trap?

    The main message of The Porn Trap is understanding and breaking free from the grip of pornography.

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    The reading time for The Porn Trap varies, but the Blinkist summary can be read in just 15 minutes.

    Is The Porn Trap a good book? Is it worth reading?

    The Porn Trap is a valuable read for anyone looking to overcome the pitfalls of pornography and reclaim a healthier relationship with intimacy.

    Who is the author of The Porn Trap?

    The authors of The Porn Trap are Wendy Maltz and Larry Maltz.

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