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By Shane Prettner | Primal Connections I remember well, the feeling of drifting through life and going from one job to another, one girlfriend to another, one party to another… In between, noticing the anxiety – the depression – the toxic self-talk going on in my head. Blaming everyone else for my life choices, my results, and getting stuck in those states of depression, self-loathing and worry.  In hindsight, these were the only things that gave me a sense of significance – they also gave me connection with others and excuses to indulge in alcohol, smoking and rebellious activities. Without...

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This is a copy of one of my favorite articles ever about behavioral change. This is not the focus of my strategy for addiction recovery, but it is a powerful mindset article worth sharing.    Original link: https://www.success.com/john-c-maxwell-it-only-takes-6-steps-to-change-your-life/   Hope is the foundational principle for all change. People change because they have hope, and if people do not have hope, they will not change. You are responsible for the changes that you make in your life. The good news? You can change your life if you really want to. You can improve it, make it better. And it all starts with changing...

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by B.J. Lehecka, DPT, PhD | May 18, 2021 Infidelity appears to be one of the most frequently reported reasons for divorce. In one study, individuals who engaged in infidelity reported significantly more one-night stands or “hookups” in their lifetime than those who did not engage in infidelity (6.3 vs 3.5 one-night stands, respectively). On a similar note, people in open relationships reported lower relationship happiness and lower sexual satisfaction than monogamous people. Both of those traits have been linked to higher rates of infidelity. Concerning “sugar” relationships, data from over 2,000 participants (ages 18-28 years) show women’s and men’s...

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by B.J. Lehecka, DPT, PhD Diet appears to have a definite effect on sexual function/dysfunction and hormones. Compared to other diets, a Mediterranean diet (fish, fats from olive oil, fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, and whole grains) appears protective against erectile dysfunction in men and sexual dysfunction in women. Additionally, a Western diet (usually rich in red and processed meats, dairy, refined grains, processed and artificial sweets, and salt, with minimal intake of fruits, vegetables, fish, and whole grains) is associated with lower semen quality. There are numerous studies of the effects of foods on sexual function, but one notable study...

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by B.J. Lehecka, DPT, PhD | May 16, 2021 Several sexual dysfunctions have been related to excessive or abnormal masturbation practices. Reports include hypoactive sexual desire disorder (no or low sex drive), retarded ejaculation (persistent difficulty or inability to ejaculate, especially from stimulation by a partner), and ejaculatory anhedonia (ejaculation without pleasure or orgasm). Retarded ejaculation often involves being unable to orgasm via intercourse or partner stimulation. These patients reported the need to engage in their habitual masturbation protocols (such as rubbing against a mattress or vigorous self- “milking”) to achieve an orgasm. A significant number of patients with retarded...

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