Hey everybody! Being that I am at odds with my masturbatory skills, I've discovered different images/items/observations that make me think about want to use porn. Being that we are addicts, I noticed a number of people using the word "trigger" to reference their thoughts on this. I find this apt and appropriate since--arguably--addicts are the victims of trauma due to the dependent nature that allows them to dissociate from their episodes. Whether it be alcohol, drugs, relationships, or in my case porn, addicts have a cycle of mistrust on anything other than their addictive behavior; "you can always fall back to it to feel better." Psychologically, our brain provides us with cue cards to promote those thoughts and feelings to bring us back into the cycle; we feel negatively towards an event that reminds us of an event/time/place reminding us of our lack of self-worth or feeling of powerlessness and give into the addiction--that's what happens with triggers. But what causes addicts like me to find those cyclical patterns? For me, I'm still trying to identify these things in my daily life, but before I give an example for this thread, I want to clarify that there is a journalistic review in my own head to my own psychology for why I turned to porn (i.e., parents were divorced, mommy never really loved me, girlfriend cheated on me and there was no one--not my own examples, but whatever...), but I hope to avoid those and instead promote: labeling and identifying your triggers--what makes you think of porn? why do those things make you think of porn? what preventative measures or steps have you done (will you do) to help keep that urge at bay and separate the trigger from the addiction? Use this thread as tool of your own discretion; either as a single entry monologue or a daily journal check-in. I hope this will help and encourage others to develop away from their addiction, to promote a safer and more connected, emotional state for our world.