Wednesday, October 18th 2017

Spiritual Surf: Love faux pas; Macho men; Sexual addiction; Suicide test

Male modesty a negative during job interviews; 10 types of addictive sex; Cooking priest stirs controversy; Predicting suicidal behavior

Conquering love blunders: The newly released book, Better Love Next Time, says work out your negative relationship patterns or be doomed to repeat them

Still macho after all these years: Study shows that male “modesty” is seen as a sign of weakness in job interviews

Got sexual addiction? In his latest book, Don’t call it love, sex addiction expert Dr. Patrick Carnes described 10 types of addictive sexual behavior

Leave those kids (and moms) alone: Mothers who work outside the home aren’t harming their infants’ development, says Columbia University study

Grace before meals: Web-based cooking show by Roman Catholic priest, Father Leo Patalinghug, originated after attacks on September 11, 2001

New tools in the fight against suicide: Harvard University psychologists develop two computer tests that predict suicide attempts

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One Comment on “Spiritual Surf: Love faux pas; Macho men; Sexual addiction; Suicide test”

  1. Regarding the "10 most common symptoms of sexual addiction," some attempts to generalize go overboard.

    Most humans engage in some fantasy sex, role-playing sex and unfortunately too often, particularly in down economies there is some element of trading sex for financial security.

    In fact, some people feel marriage as an institution is just that! Many people utilize voyeuristic sex or "pornography" in their lives to the enrichment of their lives, not the degradation.

    Just what scientific evidence does the author have to prove his statement that "voyeurism tends to be combined with excessive masturbation?" What is the definition of "excessive?" While the list does use some disclaiming phrases as "can" or "may," I notice a glaring example absent any such disclaimers in #9- Pain exchange- where the author asserts that "the giving or receiving of pain, also known as sadomasochism or S&M, is a type of sexually addictive behavior in which pain is associated with sexual pleasure...there is no genuine trust or intimacy when a relationship is based on hurting one another."

    How can the author make such an ignorant generalization over a type of sexual behavior he doesn't seem to have experienced? Some people have found a very sacred experience in the absolute trust such behavior demands. The point i wish to make is that addiction of any type is an imbalance in one's life which has negative consequences for all involved.

    Blanket condemnation of types of behavior without the entire context is unhelpful. Even when the behavior is clearly addictive, most twelve step programs have found success not in condemnation of the behavior. The addict does that enough to him/herself; it adds to the chance of relapse.

    I believe that we must learn to honor the reasons behind the addictive behavior, to listen to what it is telling us about ourselves and to accept that those imperfect behaviors may by grace and hard work be a transformative means of becoming sublime.

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