The Internet is one of the most revolutionary inventions in human history. The wealth of information and access at our fingertips is astounding – and the ability to communicate with others is unprecedented.
Unfortunately, the same medium that lets us talk to virtually anyone at any time also enables conditions and behaviours that can be emotionally and relationally damaging – like Cybersex Addiction and online affairs.
Learn more about these two conditions and how intensive psychotherapy services and counselling in Toronto can help change hurtful, neglectful, and destructive behaviours that can ruin lives.
What is Cybersex Addiction?
The Internet has made it possible for people to interact with each other on an unprecedented level – and this includes cybersex, pornography, and other related activities.
Cybersex is a recent phenomenon marked by interactions between two or more people based completely on a sexual nature using various forms of communication. Cybersex can take place via chat, email, websites, message boards, webcams, and peer-to-peer programs like Skype, and involves sexually-explicit content.
Those who suffer from Cybersex Addiction use the Internet to find sexual excitement and fantasy.
What Are Online Affairs?
Online affairs are essentially the same as in-person affairs, except carried out (at least initially) over the Internet.
Online affairs involve many of the same characteristics as in-person affairs, such as secrecy, emotional and physical attachment and attraction to someone other than a spouse or partner, and shared intimacy that is usually reserved for just one relationship.
While the medium may differ, the effects are often the same – or sometimes even worse.
What are the consequences of Cybersex Addiction and Online Affairs?
Cybersex Addiction and online affairs can have many of the same consequences, including:
- A lack of trust in a relationship
- Inability to find attraction or stimulation in one’s partner or spouse
- Stress, guilt and anxiety
- Feelings of anger, jealousy, and resentment
- “Breaking up”, separation or divorce
- Emotional betrayal
In both cases, these behaviours may actually lead to physical, in-person interaction between one person and the connections he or she has made online. Even if no in-person interaction results, though, the end results can be devastating to you, your relationship, and your children.
Warning Signs/Symptoms and Treatments
Symptoms or warning signs can include secrecy, emotional and physical distance, a decrease in intimacy, attempts to cover up behaviour or obtain more privacy, and other indicators that could signify a problem.
Treating these conditions with counselling in Toronto and psychotherapy services involves not just dealing with the addiction itself, but also dealing with the underlying problems that would help motivate a person to “cheat” online.
Learn more about symptoms and treatments through counselling in Toronto and dedicated psychotherapy services that can turn the tide and begin the journey toward reconciliation, recovery and reconstitution of a relationship. Contact Cristina today – and gain control of your life!
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