Have you considered taking a break and being with your thoughts and reflecting? Focusing solely on your wellbeing, goals/ambitions, health/fitness, career and so on?
Not to get all 'hoohah' on you, but it sounds like you've got a lot brewing up there, which I think is good. It sounds like you know what you want, but don't know if you can achieve it or maintain it?? If you want a committed relationship then why not pursue something with this girl? You've recognized your self sabotaging behavior from the past as well as the inclination towards oneitis, but you aren't the same person from the past. You are aware of your behaviors and have learned from them so why not take the leap and go after what you want? If you want to change your lifestyle then you've gotta take it a step at a time.
Therapy is awesome if you find the right therapist.
Yeah Idk i go from being really grateful and thinking like "man i really love my life right now" to just feeling like trash.. Like I don't feel fulfilled outside of the realm of social/sexual gratification at times.. like I should be doing more.. My mind always thinks back to all these friends I lost because of stupid sh.t i've done or how i messed up good opportunities because of my lustful nature/having sex with the wrong people.. then being inconsiderate of their feelings.. Its really weird because theres girls out there you can have sex with and its nota big deal and life goes on and if u see them, its all cool and they dont care if you don't "choose" them or pursue them.. and then theres others who will really try to throw dirt on your name because they feel or felt that you having sex/romance with them/talking to them a bit makes u obligated to them or idk. The double standards these days are crazy.
The inclination to settle down comes from many things.. My mom is getting old and wants to have grand children, I have a guilty conscious like something bad is going to happen or im going to lose the girl I like.. just because I never opened upto tell her yo you know im seeing other girls right..a nd i never bother to ask her.. but it feels like some move has to be made or something will go wrong.. like walking on a balance beam kinda thing. I guess it stems from one of the only girls i ever truly fell in love with just leaving me because of mistakes i made.
I think you hit the nail on the head when you say you aren't the same person from the past.. But that statement is like a double edged sword. Theres parts of me in the past who I feel were better, less lustful than I am now. And then theres parts of me from the past that feel like things are going to go wrong due to past circumstances... Its almost like I need to just relax. I think my life goes from just like low peaks to just highly gratifying sexual experiences in such a weird manner.. like if it were drawn on a graph it would be like a bunch of spikes instead of curves.. if that makes sense. I think that is what makes me crave it all the time. Luckily I dont have a problem with drugs or alcohol right now... dont have really any other vice besides sex and porn.
Sexual addiction is a myth. You’re a normal male with normal drives. Nothing to apologize for.
Thisis my coping mechanism haha.. See, I'm not as bad when I have more work and stuff to do.. when I'm in work / business mode, I can even avoid seeing my plates for a week or two. But theres times where im literally just thinking about having sex with women anywhere I go.. I think its not the sex itself thts causing the issue. I think the sex is causing lots of dopamine spikes rather than consistent waves of having sex with 1 partner.. but i think its the addition of watching porn that is causin more sexual themes and desires to pop up in my mind. If sex is like heroin porn is like cocaine, im basically speedballin' through life.
There are two parts to this:
1) What is addiction? Another member briefly mentioned this but what most men would consider sex addiction is just a normal sex drive for a man. Men naturally have high sex drives and given the opportunity, we will have sex, even if the woman barely or doesn't even meet our standards.
2) What drives your sex drive? That would give you an idea of whether you have a problem. Is it mental vs physical release? Is it pride? Is it "happiness/fulfillment"? Is it social status? Etc, etc.
It is a good conversation to discuss. I believe it's so subjective with so many grey areas. I am against labels and arbitrary diagnosis. Just like many children are wrongfully diagnosed with ADHD, etc.
It's so easy to say you fall into this category/diagnosis and off you go with an array of pills with labels "M, T, W, T, F, S, S" and you can almost hear the cash register sound effect as you walk out the "Drs" office.
See the one thing i don't do, is i don't just bang anyone. I think i am spoiled in that sense that i dont need to just go bang a random whale or something to get off.. But, to me the sexual addiction is this: having sex 3-4 times a week consistently throughout the year, yet not being satisfied, thus craving more sex when they are not around, yet not pushing for it, so instead watching porn and masturbating, and occasionally going out and scooping something from the bar/club or Tinder and then 2 days later seeing one of my plates who I have a great connection with and feeling like im hiding something and having to act normal.. then a day or two after that seeing another plate and acting like everythings normal.. when part of my consciousness just feels like its not.. like Ideally, i think I would feel real emancipated if I could be totally open with the women I'm seeing about whats going on with me. Now that i dont have too many male friends.. (have about 3 that i see maybe every 2 weeks, besides my brother who i hang with maybe 2 times a week), my plates are some of my closest friends in a way.. but they dont share things that i wouldnt want to hear and vice versa.
I do have a super high sex drive though. I can have sex 4 times a day if i wanted to. My recharge time can vary from like 10 minutes to 20-30 minutes.. I think ive had times where i busted and maybe 5-10 mins later i was able to go again. its wild. I take alot of supplements to just feel like im replenishing whatever vital nutrients im losing lol
You posed a great question though.. what drives my sex drive... I think its just pure pleasure in all honesty.. I lost the need for validation or feeling cool/feeling like a player long ago .. I've gotten all the ego validation I needed.. I think as I mentioned, that the pleasure spikes from having/anticipating sex are so high, the experience feels great.. and the fact that im getting variety makes me feel like its all novelty.. like i cant get tired of it.
The last 2 years have been interesting because I was in a process of finally "chilling out" and trying to get ready to settle down, stopped going out as much, but instead, what ended up happening is I encountered more sexual interactions in would be ordinary situations and that just like blew the lid for me and made me
I know 100% if i settled down with 1 person, id get more of a streamlined waves of dopamine rather than these spikes.. but it wouldn't be as fun.
I think my best approach right now would be to just continue things as they are, but cut out the porn, and probably delete Tinder as well.. I wasnt watching porn for a few years and thats really what allowed me to be more tame and have better discipline for a while. I think porn just makes us more fiendish for sex.. because it creates more themes in our head that just constantly remind us of sex, and wanting to have more and more novel encounters.
Try psychedelics like psylocibin therapy. Addiction is a result of unhealed trauma. It is a coping mechanism. Get to the root cause of the trauma. Plants medicines will do a lot to cure this.
I can try again. i messed with shrooms a bit, but my last trip was real strange/messed up. I think my serotonin system is wonky.. last ime i did shrooms and last time i did lsd both were not fun experiences.. felt like i could barely control myself. .. might have to try microdosing