When he hears “just stop it,” he hears, “Live with these intense cravings the rest of your life and never give into them.” To the addict porn is .
Hypofrontality is a state in which there is decreased blood flow to the prefrontal lobes of the brain.
Hypofrontality is observed in schizophrenia patients and is also observed in all manner of addictions.
“Compulsiveness is a good descriptor of hypofrontality.
Many porn users feel focused on getting to porn and masturbating even when a big part of them is saying, ‘Don’t do this.’ Even when negative consequences seem imminent, impulse control is too weak to battle the cravings.”.
The prefrontal region is supposed to be able to weigh consequences and situations and judiciously shut down cravings, but hypofrontality means the addict’s ability to do this is impaired.
To the addict, when the craving for porn surfaces, their whole body gears up for action.
As unhindered hormones are released and neurotransmitters fire, the craving consumes them.
The heart begins to race, blood pressure rises, and the addict is consumed by a single thought: “.” Compared to other creatures on earth, human beings have a very well developed prefrontal region.
When our prefrontal lobes are working properly, then we have “executive control” of the processes going on in our brains.