What is NoFap? A Brief History, Explanation and Benefits

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Porn can really ‘bust your balls’, excuse the harsh words.

Something that was once considered a normal, private activity is now being noted by scientists, with studies being devoted to learning more about what a porn habit or addiction really means for your body, mind, and intimate relationships.

There are plenty of people still divided on the subject and even more who have no idea what the NoFap challenge is all about. But before we get started with the definition of NoFap, it’s important to first understand just how porn can be harmful.

Your Brain On Porn: Dopamine and Addiction

As with other addictive substances (did he say addictive??), porn releases a chemical inside the brain called dopamine. You’ve all heard of it by now. It’s the fun chemical, the one that makes everything exciting, that gives you that rush, or that kick out of what you’re experiencing. It also happens to be a chemical that can be induced unnaturally by the use of external stimulation, such as drugs, porn, and gambling. So yes, as with other habits, the way a porn dependence forms is still largely based on a person’s individual character. However, men are hard-wired to be visually stimulated, which means that we’re already pre-disposed to becoming hooked on something as visual as internet porn (or any kind, for that matter).

The problem, though, is that over time your brain builds up a tolerance and less and less dopamine is released through the original stimulant. What this means is that before, where a little erotica was more than enough to get you going, you now have to turn to the super x-rated hardcore stuff. Essentially, you’re handing over the control of your own body and its desires to the people of the porn industry (insert evil laugh from somewhere on the internet here).

“Ok, what’s so wrong with that?” I hear you ask.

Well, it’s this need that stands in the way of good, healthy, strong and intimate romantic relationships. But it’s more than that, it’s that the loss of control ultimately results in a myriad of problems which can, and have for many, led to porn-induced ED or performance anxiety down the line.

What Is NoFap?

In short, the word “Fap” is onomatopoeia. That is, it’s the written sound of masturbating. NoFap, however, refers to a website which hosts NoFap challenges for the sake of dumping the porn addiction for a better, healthier and all-around happier sex life. Really what NoFap aims at doing is to assist you, through their programs, to keep the spark of great sex alive with any romantic encounter you have.

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How The Simple Habit Of Exercise Can Help You Overcome Porn Addiction

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The following is a guest post by my friend Mark B. — Brian. I have been there; I write from the heart and write from my own experience. I once had an addiction to porn. It wasn’t what I thought was massive, but no matter how small you see how big it actually is. So don’t [...]

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Is Porn Ruining My Relationship?

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When you’re addicted to porn, you’re in another reality. Things around you may seem all hunky dory but in fact they are far from the perceived reality. Porn hurts. Fact. “Is porn hurting my relationship?” Porn doesn’t only hurt it can destroy any and all relationships: relationships between addict and child, addict and friends, addict [...]

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What I Learned Going 230 Days Without Porn

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**This is a guest post from a reader named Dylan, who went 230 days without porn. — Brian ## Let me be real with you: doing things we don’t want to do sucks. And doing things that are painful…that’s even worse. So, why bother? It would be very easy to shower you with platitudes and [...]

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Start Overcoming Your Performance Anxiety Today (Plus: A Woman’s Perspective)

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You may be a pretty confident man over-all. There’s nothing wrong with your techniques and delivery, and you’ve been with girls who’ve gushed about your sexual prowess.For some reason though, things are just not going your way, and when I say your way, I mean, things are just not looking up for you, in the [...]

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5 More Books To Help You Quit Porn And Make You A Better Man

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A while back I wrote a post called 5 Books That Will Supercharge Your Reboot and Make You a Better Man, which received a ton of great feedback. Many of you read the books and reported some real, positive changes: “Understanding the habit loop really helped me to remove destructive routines from my life.”  –John [...]

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The 3 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still Addicted to Porn

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Have you been struggling with porn addiction for more than a year? I want to tell you EXACTLY why you’re failing, so you can pick yourself up and overcome this. What I say below might sound harsh at times, but it needs to be. This is a wakeup call, and wakeup calls are not meant [...]

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Lessons from Rock Bottom: Case Studies and Inspiration to Rise Above Porn Addiction

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This is a post by friend and blogger Max Cato from PornEnlightenment.com   So Why Are People Quitting Porn? The popularity of quitting porn has exploded all over the Internet. As of this posting, Reddit/r/NoFap has over 146K+ members, Reddit/r/pornfree has over 20K readers, I have over 400 followers on Google+, and the number of [...]

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Can Viagra and Cialis Help with Performance Anxiety? A Case Study, Advice and Alternatives

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“I have performance anxiety. Should I take Viagra or Cialis to help my erections? I get this question a lot in blog comments and emails.  My own opinions on this are mixed. People always want a magic bullet or an easy fix — which is why Viagra and Cialis are such huge cash cows.  But [...]

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