48 min

(19) Porn, Fantasy, and Compulsive Sexual Behavior: How Much is Too Much? Intimate Judaism: A Jewish Approach to Intimacy, Sexuality, and Relationships

    • Judaism

Our sources teach us that lusting after our hearts is prohibited. Yet, sexual curiosity, fantasy, and thinking about sex are part of the developmental process. Therefore, how do we determine how much is too much and what thoughts and behaviors are problematic? Is what may be “bad for your neshama” like viewing porn, necessarily bad for your mental health, and might the battle to guard one’s eyes and control one’s thoughts actually backfire, leading to obsessional thinking and compulsive behaviors?

Our sources teach us that lusting after our hearts is prohibited. Yet, sexual curiosity, fantasy, and thinking about sex are part of the developmental process. Therefore, how do we determine how much is too much and what thoughts and behaviors are problematic? Is what may be “bad for your neshama” like viewing porn, necessarily bad for your mental health, and might the battle to guard one’s eyes and control one’s thoughts actually backfire, leading to obsessional thinking and compulsive behaviors?

48 min

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