The Role of Denial

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A core issue of active sex addiction is the avoidance of reality.

Science fiction author Douglas Adams once wrote, “There is no point in using the word ‘impossible’ to describe something that has clearly happened.” Most sex addicts could really use this advice. Instead of facing the truth about their behavior, we create elaborate lies to make it OK (in our own mind). Often, we admit that if someone else was engaging in the same behaviors, that person would be crazy and in desperate need of help, but for us, it’s OK because…

Just for Today
Write down five lies you’ve used to make your behavior acceptable (in your own mind). Now share that short list with someone else. Do your lies sound crazy? Are you embarrassed by them?