The Psychology of Porn: Andrew Bauman Interview

Forest Benedict Interviews Andrew Bauman

Today I had the privilege of interviewing Andrew Bauman, the author of the new book The Psychology of Porn. In our conversation we explored topics in his book including lust, objectification, misogyny, and a “pornographic style of relating.” This short, insightful video is valuable for those seeking recovery from sexual addiction. Click below to watch and please share with anyone who might benefit. Check out Andrew’s book on Amazon.

The Psychology of Porn: Andrew Bauman Interview (Life After Lust VLOG)

I would love to hear your thoughts on the interview and I’m sure Andrew would enjoy hearing from you as well. For more information on Andrew and to reach out to him, check out his website https://www.andrewjbauman.com.

Wishing you all hope & healing,

Forest

Forest Benedict, LMFT, SATP, author of Life After Lust: Stories & Strategies for Sex & Pornography Addiction Recovery. Please follow Forest on the following platforms: NewsletterYoutubeBlogTwitterFacebookLinkedInInstagramPinterestGoogle+StumbleUpon, and SHARE this valuable content with others. Thank you!

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Less Than an Hour to Go! Sex Addiction in the News Facebook Live Kickoff (Fridays at 5pm PST)

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I’m excited to announce the kickoff of a new resource! My friend Staci Sprout is starting her new weekly Facebook Live show called Sex Addiction in the News. To participate in this event, go to her Facebook page at 5pm PST by clicking here. Then, set a reminder for the weeks to come. Knowing Staci, this will be a great resource. See you there!

Forest Benedict, LMFT, SATP, author of Life After Lust: Stories & Strategies for Sex & Pornography Addiction Recovery. Please follow Forest on the following platforms: NewsletterYoutubeBlogTwitterFacebookLinkedInInstagramPinterestGoogle+StumbleUpon, and SHARE this valuable content with others. Thank you!

 

Benedict Interview: Every Child at Risk of Early Exposure to Pornography

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In my recent interview with Dr Allan Hedburg, he asked what type of home and what type of child were most vulnerable to pornography. My answer may surprise you. I shared what I wholeheartedly believe, that “every home and every child” is at risk. In light of this startling truth, every person who has or knows children is wise to take the topic of early pornography exposure seriously.

The valuable video below is a great starting point for anyone seeking out quality information on this daunting topic. There is much we can do to protect the younger generation from the threats of pornography. Let’s begin by educating ourselves and sharing this essential information with others.

 

For those seeking treatment for teenagers struggling with pornography addiction or needing personal recovery help click here today.

 

Forest Benedict, LMFT, SATP, author of Life After Lust: Stories & Strategies for Sex & Pornography Addiction Recovery. Please follow Forest on the following platforms: NewsletterYoutubeBlogTwitterFacebookLinkedInInstagramPinterestGoogle+StumbleUpon, and SHARE this valuable content with others. Thank you!

 

 

Narrator Found for the Life After Lust Audiobook!

Narrator Found!

Great news! We officially have our new narrator for the Life After Lust Audiobook project!

A big thank you to everyone who voted. There were diverse perspectives and I really appreciate your input.

I chose Chris Brinkley for these specific reasons:

1) A friend with recording experience reviewed the recordings and voted for Chris based on the recording quality. Her feedback was very specific: “Pace is fairly deliberate. Some words (“healing”) seem a little pushed.  Delivery is easier, more realistic than Derek’s. More variety in delivery. Nice articulation without sounding over-done. Think he would hold attention better than Derek.  Breath is edited out….I vote for Chris.”

2) Chris was the only narrator with a recorded request to work on this project, noting how he too had an alcoholic, bipolar father and felt he would be a good fit. This means a lot to me because it shows he cares. I definitely want someone who wants to do this unique project.

3) Experience – Chris is highly experienced in voiceover and audiobook narration specifically. His website states that “Chris is the voice of over 120 audiobooks currently available on iTunes, Audible, and Amazon. In 2014, he received the prestigious “Audible Approved stamp of approval and is considered among the best audio producers in the industry with a verifiable record of outstanding achievement” (click here to learn more about Chris).

In all transparency, Chris has the highest fee for narration and recording. Thankfully, my Kickstarter supporters gave above and beyond what we thought we needed which allows us to have the funds for the best talent. Isn’t that amazing?

What’s Next?

Chris is now recording a 15 minute sample of the book for my approval and input. The estimated recording completion date is April 13, 2018. Life After Lust will be available in audiobook shortly after that!

Things are moving forward! Thank you for your support and encouragement.

Gratefully,
Forest

Forest Benedict, LMFT, SATP, author of Life After Lust: Stories & Strategies for Sex & Pornography Addiction Recovery. Please follow Forest on the following platforms: NewsletterYoutubeBlogTwitterFacebookLinkedInInstagramPinterestGoogle+StumbleUpon, and SHARE this valuable content with others. Thank you!

A New Vision (A Call to Visionaries)

 

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I’m in the midst of a mid-life crisis.

Let’s call it an awakening.

A vision is haunting me.

A dream thumps loudly at my door.

For years I’ve pursued a career as a therapist, finding fulfillment in helping others find their way. A year ago I took the risk of writing my first book. I never imagined what reach my written words would have.

Mere months ago this new vision caught me….that I am a writer with many books to be birthed. All paths are converging on this important truth. Writing has brought me where I am today and is brining me where I want to go. My focus has changed from squeezing writing into my life to building my life around my writing. Practically, this looks like downsizing my client load and upscaling opportunities to write. This is my path to the most meaning. Honoring my vision is an unflinching act of alignment. Sure, there are risks on this road. But nothing is more risky than abandoning my most purposeful path. My time here is limited. I am acutely aware of my mortality.

May we all know the worth of our most precious visions.

Life’s too short not to live out the life of our dreams.

Forest Benedict, LMFT, SATP, author of Life After Lust: Stories & Strategies for Sex & Pornography Addiction Recovery. Please follow Forest on the following platforms: NewsletterYoutube, BlogTwitter, Facebook, LinkedInInstagramPinterest, Google+StumbleUpon, and SHARE this valuable content with others. Thank you!

 

 

PLEASE VOTE – Which Audition Best Fits the Life After Lust Audiobook?

PLEASE VOTE

I just received 4 completed narration auditions and would love your help picking the best fit for the Life After Lust Audiobook. To vote, please watch this video and leave a comment on this blog or below the video, letting me know which one is your favorite. I’m excited that this project is moving forward and appreciative of your feedback.

Gratefully,

Forest

 

Forest Benedict, LMFT, SATP, is the author of Life After Lust: Stories & Strategies for Sex & Pornography Addiction Recovery. Please follow Forest on the following platforms: NewsletterYoutubeBlogTwitterFacebookLinkedInInstagramPinterestGoogle+StumbleUpon, and SHARE this valuable content with others. Thank you!

Kristen Jenson Interview: Cutting-Edge Resources for Protecting Kids from Pornography (Life After Lust VLOG)

Forest Benedict Interviews Kristen Jenson, Best-Selling Author of Good Pictures Bad Pictures

This week I had the profound privilege of interviewing one of my heroes and friends for the Life After Lust VLOG, Best-Selling Author Kristen Jenson. Kristen is the author of the books Good Pictures Bad Pictures and Good Pictures Bad Pictures Jr and founder of ProtectYoungMinds.org. This unprecedented and unique interview combines cutting-edge resources for parents wanting to protect their children from pornography. Don’t miss the excellent video! If you like it, I invite you to subscribe to my YouTube channel for future recovery related resources.

In this interview one of the resources Kristen mentions is the Protect Young Minds Parenting Facebook Group. If you’re interested in this great new forum, check it out here.

Also, if you’re interested in another video on protecting children from pornography, check out my second interview of the week on this topic on the Doctor, Teach Me to Parent internet TV show with Dr Allan Hedgurg.

I hope these resources inform and inspire you. There is so much we can do to prepare our children for the threats of pornography they will certainly face.

Wishing you the best in your parenting & recovery journeys,

Forest

Forest Benedict, LMFT, SATP, is the author of Life After Lust: Stories & Strategies for Sex & Pornography Addiction Recovery. Please follow Forest on the following platforms: NewsletterYoutubeBlogTwitterFacebookLinkedInInstagramPinterestGoogle+StumbleUpon, and SHARE this valuable content with others. Thank you!

 

When Life Gives You Lemons (Life After Lust Audiobook Roadblock)

When Life Gives You Lemons

Just a couple of weeks into the Life After Lust Audiobook project and we have hit an unexpected and disappointing roadblock. In my new VLOG episode I shared about the current challenge we are facing and what is being done about it. Life has once again given us lemons and this is an opportunity to squeeze, add some sugar, and stir!

Have any sour strangers leaped into your life lately? Join me in finding new solutions and rising above all roadblocks.

Relentlessly optimistic,

Forest Benedict, Author of Life After Lust

Forest Benedict, LMFT, SATP, is the author of Life After Lust: Stories & Strategies for Sex & Pornography Addiction Recovery. Please follow Forest on the following platforms: NewsletterYoutubeBlogTwitterFacebookLinkedInInstagramPinterestGoogle+StumbleUpon, and SHARE this valuable content with others. Thank you!

 

Running on Empty No More: Transform Your Relationships With Your Partner, Your Parents and Your Children (Book Recommendation)

Running on Empty No More has the potential to change the world, one relationship at a time.

I just finished a wonderful book I can’t wait to tell you about called Running on Empty No More: Transform Your Relationships With Your Partner, Your Parents and Your Children, by Dr Jonice Webb.

Running on Empty No More is an excellent book for anyone seeking healing in their most important relationships. The book is a fitting follow-up to her first book Running On Empty, providing practical strategies for those wondering about next steps in their recovery from Childhood Emotional Neglect. One thing I appreciate about the book is the author’s obvious care and compassion for the reader. She invites the reader to take some difficult steps in repairing relationships while being clear about when those choices could be unhealthy. I found the book refreshing in my personal journey, especially when the concept of forgiveness was addressed. As a parent, I cannot more highly recommend the section on learning to connect with children.

Running on Empty No More has the potential to change the world, one relationship at a time. I plan to share this book with those I love, recommend it to many of my clients, and add it to the addiction recovery program I lead. Whether you’re seeking tools for connecting with a partner, parent, or child, this book is for you.

Forest Benedict, LMFT, SATP, is the author of Life After Lust: Stories & Strategies for Sex & Pornography Addiction Recovery. Please follow Forest on the following platforms: NewsletterYoutubeBlogTwitterFacebookLinkedInInstagramPinterestGoogle+StumbleUpon, and SHARE this valuable content with others. Thank you!