Well, it has to be the ultimate way to get the brain addicted to something, doesn’t it?

You stare at a screen with a wide variety of images. You get a very real, physical feeling attached to it, what’s more that is a highly pleasuarable feeling. Flashing lights. Your brain fantasizing. Sounds of all kinds. A certain element of naughtiness and being safe in your own private place while having this experience.

That is some hypnosis… And that is why so many people are becoming addicted to pornography and why they are finding it more and more difficult to break from regular viewing of pornography.

I watched the Channel 4 documentary Addicted to Porn last night and it was fascinating.

The argument in the documentary was that since hard porn was “effectively legalised” in 2000 — pornography has become an epidemic. “The swelling body of opinion,” claimed the narrator, whose turn of phrase could have been better, “is that for many men it is an uncontrollable addiction.”

Among the chaps featuring in the documentary was a 30-something-year-old salesman who watched 40 hours of porn a week and was attempting to go 7 days without it. He was a low-tech addict. Four million may view computer porn, but this guy relied on video cassettes, and became aroused simply unwrapping them.

As so many porn addicts discover, this guy found actual sex a bit of a let-down. He preferred the real thing — pornography. It shows how powerful a sex organ your brain really is, doesn’t it?

Thanks to his addiction he was unable to sustain real relationships and lacked the mental space to concentrate on his career.

The reason I highlight this particular male was because a hypnotherapist regressed him and diagnosed low self-esteem and another professional doubted there would be a quick fix. Three months on, this guy had stopped the hypnotherapy but not the porn.

I say it to all my clients — however much a great hypnotherapist you may think you are, the most powerful influence in your life is you — and if your brain is getting multi-sensory hypnotic pornography pumped into it every day, then what chance does one session a week with a therapist have?

The documentary also featured Mary Anne Layden, an expertwitness from Pennsylvania University, she suggested porn was one of the worst addictions, for it was not possible to go cold turkey with it, its images being unshiftably lodged in the user’s brain.

I found this very interesting — she as basically describing the hypnotic process as if from a text book…

Worryingly though, every case of sexual violence she had studied had involved porn, she said, a claim horrifically illustrated by the case of Jane Longhurst, murdered by the dreadful Graham Coutts, who got his thrills from asphyxiation and would visit Jane’s decomposing body in his self-storage lockup after first visiting his favourite website.

do not want to get embroiled in disucssions for other people — that of whether pornography creates criminals and so on…

By the end of the documentary, even if you are not in the field of hypnosis, you could see plainly the hypnotic effect that pornography was having on those featuring in this documentary.