A little known fact about the “Phenomenal Power” of Imagery: Sigmund Freud wrote 25 volumes of his published writings. Not one psychoanalytic treatment was successful. However, in his writings, Freud recorded how he successfully used imagery to treat a client with a physical tic and did so in only one session (Epstein, 1989, p. 6).
Imagery Exercise #2.a.; Do Exercise 3 Times per Day for 21 Days at 3 Minutes per Session
Shut your eyes. Exhale once. Sense, feel, and see yourself as a little child severely discouraged by lack of other basic needs. Open your eyes (1989, p. 52). You Then Experience How Sexual Addiction Robs You of Your Basic Needs!
Do the simple exercise 3 times per day for 21 days and Experience the difference.
Exercise #2.b.; Do Stopping Exercises for 7 Days: Do As Needed
If you find yourself craving to view porn during the 7 days off, you simply do some STOPPING exercises. If cravings come,
STOP any habitual activity; for example, before turning on the light switch,
STOP and wait a moment;
turning on computer, STOP and wait a moment;
STOP and think;
STOP and take another route to work;
STOP and eat something different for breakfast;
STOP and shift your mind and feelings onto something else (p.52).
If you feel porn cravings still lingering on, you can do another 21 Days On and 7 Days Off. Each time that you do exercises, the intensity of the cravings pornography lessen. If you still experience a pull to view porn, you may do Exercise #2.a. until cravings do not have power over you. Review Exercise #1 before reading the next post.
Exercise #3 will come in the next post.
Epstein, G. (1989). Healing visualizations; creating health through imagery. p.p. 6 & 52. New York; NY: Bantam Books.