I'm not laughing, because this crap is used every day in clinical settings and I shudder to think of the damage it's done.
The crux of "sex addict" determination is this "quiz," which Petra will direct you to, invented by the one shill, named Patrick Carnes, who is particularly responsible for the Sex Addict Hoax. He makes Dr. Phil look like a gem of integrity at Britney's bedside.
As you "take the quiz," you realize that anyone who answers it with a grain of honesty will be diagnosed as a hopeless sex junkie.
The "Sexual Addiction Screening Test" lacks any parameters, so you don’t know if you’re supposed to give your answers in relation to recent events, or things you did in the past. You’re unable to indicate the duration of anything you're describing.
15. Do you feel controlled by your sexual desire?
16. Have important parts of your life-- such as job, family, friends, leisure activities-- been neglected because you were spending too much time on sex?
17. Do you ever think your sexual desire is stronger than you are?
To each of these, you have to answer "yes" or "no."
You can’t indicate if you are constantly driven by your desires, or whether at one time you were besotted with someone, and felt utterly overwhelmed by your feelings.
If on any occasion you’ve been swept along by passion (and I sincerely hope most of us have, at least once) you have to answer "yes" to all these questions.
Finally, with my last breath on this week's show, I talk about a Princeton University student organization called the Anscombe Society that formed to affirm the importance of a chaste lifestyle between adults who love each other and remain "wholesome."
Oh, and one detail: gays aren't welcome, not to mention slutty het types.
Too bad, then, because the leader of the group got himself in deep trouble by fabricating attacks on himself (and several frightened others) which seemed to point the finger at vengeful homosexuals and sex nuts.
I'm not kidding— this guy gave himself a head injury, and then wrote all these fake threats and emails to him own address and his colleagues', that appeared to be created by evil forces trying to stop the chaste and pure! Local cops broke him down in a couple hours.
So much for elite college college applications...
Don't forget, you can send your confidential questions, feedback about the show, and requests for girly cards to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Episode 327, January 25, 2008)
Photo: This movie poster is in my bathroom, but I have tragically never seen the film!