Seeing and being seen: The psychodynamics of pornography through the lens of Winnicott's thought

Woods, John (2021) Seeing and being seen: The psychodynamics of pornography through the lens of Winnicott's thought. In: From Trauma to Harming Others: Therapeutic Work with Delinquent, Violent and Sexually Harmful Children and Young People. Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 52-63. ISBN 978-0367415570

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Abstract

The excessive use of internet pornography, so easily available now, with increasingly extreme images, can cause young people to become isolated from others, alienated from reality, and psychologically harmed. Referrals to the Portman for the problematic use of pornography have increased dramatically in recent years, so that many patients come with such problems. Children in therapy report that these images can be deeply traumatizing; the pornography concentrates on adult sexual organs, often in acts of penetration, and presents a mechanical kind of sexual activity, devoid of human or personal interaction. The escalating behaviour that results from compulsive use of pornography seems to derive from some digging down, as it were, into deeper layers of the personality, uncovering impulses and desires that hitherto have been dormant or would otherwise remain so. Psychotherapists could be more active in supporting the interventions recommended by Manning in order to provide a better holding environment for children.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Schools of Psychology > Winnicott, Donald W.
Criminology > Forensic Psychotherapy
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/2477

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