Tortured by Desire (or the Lack Thereof): The psychology of dating-aged men in an era of Internet porn

September 20, 2018, 8:00 - 10:00 PM

While viewing internet pornography has become a common habit for many men, a small percentage of viewers end up detrimentally affected. These individuals engage in addictive-like behavior they find hard to control even though it is taking a serious toll on the overall quality of their lives, particularly with reference to their object relations.

Dr. Tuch explores the psychology that contributes to an individual’s watching excessive amounts of internet pornography (IP). The course centers on the presentation of the analysis of a young man who was struggling with a habit that was consuming his life and about which he felt great shame. He’d become addicted to a brand of IP known as “cuckold pornography,” and the analysis of the cuckold storyline resulted in his ability to make substantial changes in his overall adaptation to life, particularly with regard to his interpersonal relations.

Learning Objectives

As a result of attending this course, participants should be able to:

  • Outline the dynamics of the Cuckold Pornographic Fantasy
  • Develop a psychoanalytic approach to the treatment of those suffering from pornographic addiction
  • Identify the characteristics of those who share a zero sum game world view.

Richard Tuch, MD, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, and training and supervising analyst at both The Psychoanalytic Center for California and the New Center for Psychoanalysis, where he also was the Dean of Training. Dr. Tuch received the Karl A. Menninger Memorial Award for Psychoanalytic Writing (1995) and the Edith Sabshin Teaching Award (2008) presented by the American Psychoanalytic Association, where he is currently the chair of the Scholarship section of the Department of Psychoanalytic Education. He has authored and/or co-authored four books and many of his papers appear in the four leading psychoanalytic journals. Dr. Tuch is Executive Editor of the Edinburgh International Encyclopedia of Psychoanalysis, and in January 2019 he becomes a Board member of JAPA. He is also producer of an educational film, entitled Freud: The Man, The Method and The Psychoanalytic Movement.

Pricing & CE Credits 

  • $20 with 2 CE/CME Credits
  • Free attendance without CE Credit

Target audience: Mental health professionals

Level: intermediate 


IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME/CE program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

PHYSICIANS: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the New Center for Psychoanalysis. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for the maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

PSYCHOLOGISTS: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. New Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Full attendance is required for psychologists to receive credit; partial credit may not be awarded based on APA guidelines. For the psychologists’ records, certificates of attendance are provided at the completion of the course.  


The New Center for Psychoanalysis is a continuing education provider that has been approved by the American Psychological Association, a California Board of Behavioral Sciences recognized approval agency. 

REGISTERED NURSES: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is an accredited provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #CEP1112). Registered Nurses may claim only the actual number of hours spent in the educational activity for credit.