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Debunking the debunker: Critique of letter to the editor “Prause et al. (2015) the latest falsification of addiction predictions”

Introduction: In various comments, articles and tweets Nicole Prause has claimed that not only did Prause et al., 2015 falsify "a core tenet of the addiction model, the cue reactivity biomarker," but that "a series of behavioral studies replicated by independent laboratories [falsify] other predictions of the addiction model." Prause cites the Letter to the Editor (critiqued here) as her supporting evidence. Put simply, Prause has gathered all her debunking eggs into one basket - the single paragraph excerpted below. This YBOP response serves as a debunking of the debunker (Nicole Prause) and all her favorite "eggs."

PIED cured: It felt really great. I can clearly see the benefits of no-fap and no porn for 6 months

I want to make this post as short as possible and valuable for you. This morning I had sex with my girlfriend. I cannot say it was the best one, but it was the first time without any additional pills or toys (will explain soon). So it felt really great and I can clearly see the benefits of no-fap and no porn since August, 2016. [Now Feb. 2017]

Age 25 - PIED & DE cured: As long as I can remember I had problems keeping my erection without stimulation

My story: Divorced with my wife. Had stress like....a lot. Met new Girl Friend was nervous, and noticed some problems. My story is as long as I can remember myself I had problems keeping my erection, without stimulation. I can get Hard very fast, but if stimulation is not there, then my erections went away. Also standing up erections goes away fast.

Age 19 - Bad PIED cured: I heavily questioned if I was gay because I couldn't get hard.

Hello all, I joined this website early July 2016 and last time I masturbated and watched porn was July 25, 2016. It has been the best decision of my life and as of today I can finally see the benefits.

Backstory is I'm a 19 year old and I had BAD PIED when I started and I was attracted to my girlfriend but I simply couldn't get it up for the life of me. It got so bad I had to man up and tell her, she was boldly accepting of it and decided to help me overcome it and she also has stopped watching porn herself.

Age 20 – Father and Son Porn Recoveries

Today is my first year sober, and I have turned off my timer a month ago. My dad (2 and half years sober - his is a porn addiction as well) a few weeks ago told me that there comes a time where you have to move on from the number. You have to own it, and can't let the number own you. A year seperated and I have found the hardest thing for me....is being at peace with myself and not allowing the anxieties of my natural attractions and daily life to overtake and dominate my mind and body.

Age 28 - PIED cured: It’s important to get a partner after an initial recovery period.

I am new to this forum, and Ill like to share my experiences and successes with recovering from PIED. I am 28 years old.

Development of my PIED: I PMOed sporadically when I was 15-18 years old, since I was living with my parents. From 18-26, I lived alone and had my own internet connection, so I was able to PMO practically every day and sometimes several times a day. At 20, I had a girlfriend and no problems with ED despite PMOing, but we broke up after several months. At 23, I unsuccessfully tried to have sex, so by then I know definitely that my ED had fully developed.

Age 20 - Increased: Clarity of thought, Ability to focus. Enjoyment of everything, Confidence, Communication with girlfriend

  • Increased clarity of thought
  • Increased ability to focus on work for long periods of time
  • Increased enjoyment of everything even things that used to seem boring
  • Increased confidence/decreased care of what others think
  • Increased self control
  • Increased communication with girlfriend/strengthened relationship

Age 19 - Porn-induced ED cured: Now I just need to find one girl I want to settle down with

I blew it in a couple of seconds. Funny. I started this challenge out to cure my PIED because not only was I semi erect, I could last for 20-30 minutes and struggle to come. Now it took three seconds. Embarrassing, sure, but man am I happy that I can both keep it up and orgasm from sex.