Dr. Bill Struthers studies arousal. This interest has led him to spend his academic career in the fields of psychology and biospsychology (mainly at the University of Illinois at Chicago). He is now an associate professor of Psychology at Wheaton College where his interest in arousal continues. Dr Struthers spent quite a while creating his recent book, Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain making sure to take necessary breaks to keep from sinking in the graphic depths of the current academic literature about pornography and its effects.
Growing up in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains Dr. Struthers has gained an appreciation for beautiful things. One of those beautiful things is the complexity of the human soul. While we are definitely spiritual beings, he contests that we are also sexual and physical beings. This multifaceted nature of the self gives meaning to what he studies. During his interview for the Honest Answers Podcast Dr. Struthers detailed just two of these complex interactions within the body. He shared how hormones and neurotransmitters work together to cement or bond us to the objects of our sexuality. These chemicals work whether the subject of that sexuality is a human or not. This is why some have been led into unhealthy relationship with pornography or other sexual past times.
I got impression from Dr. Struthers during our interview that he respects this fine dance of chemicals within the body. And while he admits that our genetics indeed affect our behavior he is quick to add that our behavior affects the actual chemical nature of this dance as well.
Bill is married with three children and I was very glad to have him join me for a little conversation about neurotransmitters, pornography & some of the difference between the male brain. Specifically he has addressed the following questions for the Honest Answers Podcast:
- Is pornography really an ‘addiction’?
- How does an understanding of the brain influence how we think about pornography?
- What are the brain differences between men and women and pornography addiction?
I liked what Dr. Struthers had to say! What Now?
- Join Destination Freedom to hear the entire hour-long interview with William Struthers (sign up at the right)
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- Check out some of Bill’s links below:
See all of Dr. Struther’s work at his webpage at Wheaton College. You can also grab a copy of his book Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain or hear Bill’s interview with Luke Gilkerson over at Covenant Eyes Radio.