Can I Masturbate Only if...

Discussion in 'Rebooting - Porn Addiction Recovery' started by TheMan333, Jun 13, 2019.

  1. TheMan333

    TheMan333 Fapstronaut

    Can I masturbate only looking to normal dress non - porn pictures? Like normal girls I consider beautiful? Is it as harmful as porn?
  2. Eoghan mac Phádraig

    Eoghan mac Phádraig Fapstronaut

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    You might want to think about ceasing to masturbate entirely. With or without porn, you're still seeing women as things, not persons. You're not really gaining anything, but just exchanging one form of addiction for another.
  3. RiverSmoothStone

    RiverSmoothStone Fapstronaut

    I think it depends on why you're doing it, but I suspect that the answer is that masturbating to pictures of clothed women is just as harmful as masturbating to pictures of naked women. If you're using clothed pictures to meet the same needs that porn was filling for you, you've just transferred the addiction over to another medium, rather than trying to cut it off at the source.
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  4. Johnny_TightLips

    Johnny_TightLips Fapstronaut

    If you don't know, then look up the Chaser Effect.

    It's a slippery slope my friend, don't give in. Abstain entirely and give your self the healing it needs. You'll thank yourself afterwards.
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  5. Jerky

    Jerky Fapstronaut

    Masturbating is masturbating, whether its to mental images, clothed images, or anything else, not only the stimuli used to arouse, but the mechanical act of 'self-pleasuring' as well.

    Think about the consequences:
    How will you feel afterward?
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  6. FightingTriton

    FightingTriton Fapstronaut

    Remember why you started NoFap. We're all gonna finish the fight.
  7. The Lone Ranger

    The Lone Ranger Fapstronaut

    All I can tell you is last time I gave nofap a go I went no PM for almost 200 days. This time around I am no P only (due to major problems with PE) and it’s harder to stay focused, I enjoy the ride less, and time moves more slowly. For me, the M is only making this harder.

    Best of wishes to you
  8. rafael33

    rafael33 Fapstronaut

    Of course you can do it.
    What’s about no fapping at all? Any addiction?
    You are looking for true happiness. NO PMO might be the real thing for you. ;)
  9. Its the same
    Take alcoholic for consideration
    He says "Does not drinking Vodka but drinking a coctail with little alcohol inside will not be harmful for my recovery?"
    Does it make sense now? :)
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  10. TheMan333

    TheMan333 Fapstronaut

    Totally man! Best explanation ever.
  11. Mr. Kruger

    Mr. Kruger Fapstronaut

    This is exactly how your addicted brain tricks you into rationalizing PMO. At first, you'll start out with regular photographs like you said. Want to guess what happens in a few months? Your brain will rationalize exchanging those clothed photos for some softcore nude photos. "Well, I guess the nude ones aren't that much worse! Definitely not as bad as hardcore porn!"

    A while after that, your brain will be rationalizing more extreme photos, which will eventually lead to videos. Like any other addiction, it's a slippery slope. Ever wonder why a lot of heroin addicts end up overdosing? It's because when you have any addictive habit, the brain requires the dosage/intensity to be perpetually boosted in order to achieve the same high/excitement that you got the first time you ever indulged.

    There are times when your brain can be your best friend; conversely, there are also times when your brain can be your worst enemy. What you are experiencing right now is the latter.
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2019
  12. Ajikan

    Ajikan Fapstronaut

    It's just as harmful

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