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1.0 out of 5 starsNot worthy of the current 4+ stars
Reviewed in the United States on September 24, 2018
Too many first person fictitious testimonials for my liking. There is no real advice, only a collection of internet links and names of NGOs, therapists and other organizations. You are so much beter off with "Your brain on porn" by Gary Wilson.
Robert Weiss & Jennifer Schneider simply always make the most complex of topics completely readable, compassionately understandable, while somehow debunking the myths. It's one thing to tackle such difficult topics - it's quite another to achieve such craftsmanship in their writing. The stories of their work would make most wish to be in their consulting rooms to have such profound insights into what makes humanity tick & then they come up with solutions as well. Along with their clinical intelligence comes their love of their work, their support for their clients & then their ability to teach the rest of us how it's done. With thanks, Adrianna
5.0 out of 5 starsAnother solid voice cautioning us to how the internet is ...
Reviewed in the United States on October 29, 2016
Another solid voice cautioning us to how the internet is totally re-wiring our brains in so many areas. Quick read and accessible for people who may not have a strong background in psychology and neurosciences. Highly insightful.
5.0 out of 5 starsCertifed Sexual Addiction Specialist
Reviewed in the United States on April 4, 2015
I am a CSAT and an Internet Addiction Specialist. I have not read a better book that tells the truth of this problem. I Counsel men and women every day who could have written the stories in this book. A must read
5.0 out of 5 starsHelp for those entangled in the web
Reviewed in the United States on January 20, 2015
Authors Weiss and Schneider have written a book which is sure to be of interest to therapists, sociologists and those people entangled in the web. Subtitled "Sex Addiction in the Digital Age," Always Turned On is targeted at those who compulsively use the internet to meet their sexual needs, often in place of healthy sexuality in the context of a healthy relationship. In the Author's Note, Weiss and Schneider state the book is not "about morality, cultural beliefs, cultural norms or religion." The intended audience by inference is those who know they have a problem and want to change. The authors give examples in first person composites of those who have struggled with problem behaviors including difficulties at work and home, family members being exposed to explicit pictures, expenditure of large sums to feed the online habit, behaviors leading to affairs both online and IRL, "in real life." In addition to laying the groundwork, the authors present excellent worksheets on boundary settings and give very useful resources for individuals and therapists.
A further note from this reader. In their nuanced Author's Note, Weiss and Schneider, make no judgment about online pornography. They do mention numbers about the volume of Internet traffic devoted to sexual activity, but they don't mention the profits Internet providers reap from delivering porn. Porn is big business not only for the people who run websites, many of them offshore, but also major US corporations. Perhaps this topic is better left to an economic or sociological study, but many of the "performers" or "models" in the porn industry come from third-world countries where it appears they may not be free agents.
Excellent book for those suffering from problematic sexual behaviour on the internet. It provides a clear picture of sex addiction and also devotes a chapter to Love Addiction. The authors are refreshing non-judgemental, offer dignity to suffers of sex addiction and point the way forward towards recovery. Particularly appreciated the short vignettes from people with sex addiction, along with the suggested criteria for understand what is sex addiction or at risk of sex addiction. As a Clinical Psychologist, I could have done with a little more direction with the provision of therapy, but I guess this would be more appropriate in a post-grad course. Having read the book, I am now frequently recommending it to my clients and peers.