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Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain
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|Title: Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain|
By: William M. Struthers
Number of Pages: 216
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2010
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
Weight: 8 ounces
Stock No: WW0837007
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Pornography is powerful. Our contemporary culture as been pornified, and it shapes our assumptions about identity, sexuality, the value of women and the nature of relationships. Countless Christian men struggle with the addictive power of porn. But common spiritual approaches of more prayer and accountability groups are often of limited help. In this book neuroscientist and researcher William Struthers explains how pornography affects the male brain and what we can do about it. Because we are embodied beings, viewing pornography changes how the brain works, how we form memories and make attachments. By better understanding the biological realities of our sexual development, we can cultivate healthier sexual perspectives and interpersonal relationships. Struthers exposes false assumptions and casts a vision for a redeemed masculinity, showing how our sexual longings can actually propel us toward sanctification and holiness in our bodies. With insights for both married and single men alike, this book offers hope for freedom from pornography.
William M. Struthers (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is associate professor of psychology at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, where he teaches courses on behavioral neuroscience, men and addictions, and the biological bases of behavior. His theoretical research is in the area of neuroethics, the biological bases of spirituality and personhood, and the nature of integration in psychology.
"The chapter titled 'Your Brain on Porn' is one of the best explanations of how a person becomes addicted to the neurochemicals involved in love, romance, sexual arousal, and human touch. Wired for Intimacy is a valuable contribution to our field." (Given four out of five stars)-- Mark R. Laaser, Christianity Today, March 2010
"Fascinating and highly informative."-- Luise Bolleber, ForeWord, January/February 2010
Author: William M. Struthers, PhD
Located in: Wheaton, IL
Submitted: November 14, 2009
Tell us a little about yourself. I am a behavioral neuroscientist currently teaching in the Psychology Department at Wheaton College. I have a PhD in Biopsychology and have been researching the brain and teaching courses in neuroscience and psychopharmacology for twenty years.
What was your motivation behind this project? This project came out of a course I taught at Wheaton titled 'Men and Addictions'. The book focuses on one part of the course (sexual addictions) which was the most interesting to students. Also, the prevalence of pornography in our hype-sexual culture has wounded men and women significantly.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope that readers will gain a better understanding of how we are made as bio-pyscho-social-spiritual unities, and how that plays out from a neurological perspective. My hope is that this knowledge, along with my view of sexuality as inherently rooted in the relational image of God and in our need for intimacy, will help men discover why pornography can hold such power over them. For those not struggling with pornography, I hope it gives them greater compassion for those caught up in pornography.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? This was a hard book to write, but I felt called and convicted to write it.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? My favorite fiction author is JRR Tolkien, and my favorite musical artists are Phil Keaggy and U2.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I have a fantastic wife and three children (2 girls, 1 boy).
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