Is Harvey Weinstein A Sex Addict?

Over the last few days I’ve done a few interviews with the British media about Harvey Weinstein’s alleged ‘sex addiction’. Based on what I’ve read, my own view is that Weinstein is the latest in a long line of celebrities who have used ‘sex addiction’ as an excuse to justify their behaviour. He’s not a sex addict.

Sex addiction is a highly controversial area among both the general public and those, like me, who work in the addiction field. Some psychologists adhere to the position that unless the behaviour involves the ingestion of a psychoactive substance (e.g., alcohol, nicotine, cocaine heroin), then it can’t really be considered an addiction. But I’m not one of them.

One of the reasons why sex addiction isn’t taken seriously as other addictions is that the term is often used by high profile celebrities as an excuse by those individuals who have been sexually unfaithful to their partners. In some of these cases, sex addiction is used to justify the individual’s serial infidelity. This is what social psychologists refer to as a ‘functional attribution’. For instance, the golfer Tiger Woods claimed an addiction to sex after his wife found out that he had many sexual relationships during their marriage. If his wife had never found out, I doubt whether Woods would have claimed he was addicted to sex.

I would argue that many celebrities are in a position where they were bombarded with sexual advances from other individuals and succumbed. But how many people wouldn’t do the same thing if they had the opportunity? It becomes a problem only when you’re discovered, when it’s in danger of harming the celebrity’s brand image.

Many scholars have attacked the whole concept of sex addiction saying it is a complete myth. It’s not hard to see why, as many …read more

Source:: The Huffington Post – UK Lifestyle

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