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You may know that something is wrong with your intimate sexual connection, but you wonder if your partner could be a sex addict. Maybe your partner is looking at a lot of porn on the internet and masturbating or he may have escalated his online activities. He may be frequenting prostitutes, engaging in multiple affairs, or participating in other sexual encounters that are outside of his relationship with you. If he is engaging in sexual behaviors that are destructive to the relationship and he wants to stop but doesn’t seem to be able to, then it is wise for you to suspect sexual compulsivity or addiction.
You cannot make your partner (or anyone else) see what they do not want to recognize or are not ready to face. Successfully dealing with sexual addiction or compulsivity generally requires outside support from someone who understands and works with this issue — or, at the very least, the partner who is sexually compulsive needs to receive support by joining a group that focuses on this problem. The most important point for you to remember is to trust yourself and your intuition. Partners of sex addicts can be true to themselves and honor their own thoughts, feelings, and perceptions.
If you are partners of sex addicts, in order for you to attempt to continue your relationship three factors need to be in place:
If sexual compulsion or addiction is a part of your relationship, it is helpful to keep in mind:
All relationships can be difficult at times. The challenges of relating openly with an intimate partner can be like a master class in human interaction. But when you have two people who have the willingness to work with the painful feelings and emotions that arise in dealing with a difficult passage, there is an opportunity for growth, awareness, freedom, and ultimately, for deeper love and intimate connection.
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