Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain, By William M. Struthers alt

Wired for Intimacy

How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain

by William M. Struthers

Wired for Intimacy
  • Length: 196 pages
  • Published: December 15, 2009
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: 7841
  • ISBN: 9780830878413

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Pornography is powerful. Our contemporary culture as been pornified, and it shapes our assumptions about identity, sexuality, the value of women and the nature of relationships. Countless Christian men struggle with the addictive power of porn. But common spiritual approaches of more prayer and accountability groups are often of limited help.

In this book neuroscientist and researcher William Struthers explains how pornography affects the male brain and what we can do about it. Because we are embodied beings, viewing pornography changes how the brain works, how we form memories and make attachments. By better understanding the biological realities of our sexual development, we can cultivate healthier sexual perspectives and interpersonal relationships. Struthers exposes false assumptions and casts a vision for a redeemed masculinity, showing how our sexual longings can actually propel us toward sanctification and holiness in our bodies.

With insights for both married and single men alike, this book offers hope for freedom from pornography.

"Finally there's a book that scientifically quantifies what those of us who work in the field of sexual addiction have long understood: pornography powerfully impacts the brain. Wired for Intimacy offers a clear and complete description of the brain and its interplay with human sexuality. Struthers marries an advanced understanding of neurobiology with a thoughtful theology of sexuality and a comprehensive discussion of intimacy. The result is a very readable, understandable book that goes far beyond the typical 'porn is wrong' premise to illustrate why from a biological, emotional, relational and spiritual perspective. Wired for Intimacy surpasses the typical recovery book in its scientific foundation and careful scholarship. This is a much-needed and welcome addition to the Christian literature addressing the pandemic of pornography."

Marnie C. Ferree, M.A, LMFT, director of Bethesda Workshops, author of No Stones: Women Redeemed from Sexual Addiction

"Wired for Intimacy is a groundbreaking book on the brain chemistry of sexual addiction. Every man needs to understand how his sexual choices affect this crucial part of his humanity. It will be a great help toward sanctification for those who embrace its message."

Russell Willingham, author of Breaking Free: Understanding Sexual Addiction and the Healing Power of Jesus

"This book opens the door for Christians to talk about men, sex and addiction in a candid and intelligent manner."

Douglas Weiss, Ph.D., author of Sex, Men and God, president of the American Association for Sex Addiction Therapy

"The chapter titled 'Your Brain on Porn' is one of the best explanations of how a person becomes addicted to the neurochemicals involved in love, romance, sexual arousal, and human touch. Wired for Intimacy is a valuable contribution to our field." (Given four out of five stars)

Mark R. Laaser, Christianity Today, March 2010

"Fascinating and highly informative."

Luise Bolleber, ForeWord, January/February 2010


Part 1: How Pornography Works
1 Saturated with Porn
2 The Corruption of Intimacy
3 The Consequences of Porn
4 Your Brain on Porn
Part 2: Healthy Masculinity and Sexuality
5 Made Male in God's Image
6 Masculinity
7 The Male Need for Intimacy
8 Rewiring and Sanctification
Appendix A: Resources for Recovery from Online Pornography and Sex Addiction
Appendix B: Books on Pornography and Sex Addiction Recovery


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William M. Struthers

William Struthers (PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago), is associate professor of psychology at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, where he teaches courses on behavioral neuroscience, men and addictions, and the biological bases of behavior. His theoretical research is in the area of neuroethics, the biological bases of spirituality and personhood, and the nature of integration in psychology. He is also interested in the Anglican tradition and in science/faith dialogue issues.