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Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain
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Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain


IVP 2009

Runs on Windows, Mac and mobile.


Pornography is powerful. The reality today is that countless Christian men struggle with the addictive grip of porn. Many of these men find common approaches like accountability groups to be of limited help.

In Wired for Intimacy, neuroscientist and professor William Struthers outlines a different approach, explaining the chemistry behind porn addiction as he exposes false assumptions about the issue and casts a vision for a redeemed masculinity. Throughout this text, Struthers unpacks scientifically how viewing pornography actually changes the way memories are formed and attachments are made. Struthers believes that with greater understanding of the biological realities of our sexual development, we can cultivate healthier sexual perspectives and interpersonal relationships. Sharing insights for both married and single men, Struthers’ book speaks to those deep in the trenches of the struggle, challenging and encouraging them to see how their sexual longings can actually propel them toward sanctification and holiness in their bodies.

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Key Features

  • Gives practical hope for Christians wanting freedom from porn addiction
  • Explains the complexities of sexual development and response
  • Offers a healthy model of redeemed masculinity


  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Part 1: How Pornography Works
    • Saturated with Porn
    • The Corruption of Intimacy
    • The Consequences of Porn
    • Your Brain on Porn
  • Part 2: Healthy Masculinity and Sexuality
    • Made Male in God's Image
    • Masculinity
    • The Male Need for Intimacy
    • Rewiring and Sanctification
  • Appendix A: Resources for Recovery from Online Pornography and Sex Addiction
  • Appendix B: Books on Pornography and Sex Addiction Recovery
  • Index

Praise for the Print Edition

Wired for Intimacy is a groundbreaking book on the brain chemistry of sexual addiction. Every man needs to understand how his sexual choices affect this crucial part of his humanity. It will be a great help toward sanctification for those who embrace its message.

—Russell Willingham, author, Breaking Free: Understanding Sexual Addiction and the Healing Power of Jesus

The chapter titled ‘Your Brain on Porn’ is one of the best explanations of how a person becomes addicted to the neurochemicals involved in love, romance, sexual arousal, and human touch. Wired for Intimacy is a valuable contribution to our field.

Mark Laaser, founder, Faithful and True Ministries

Wired for Intimacy offers a clear and complete description of the brain and its interplay with human sexuality. Struthers marries an advanced understanding of neurobiology with a thoughtful theology of sexuality and a comprehensive discussion of intimacy. The result is a very readable, understandable book that goes far beyond the typical ‘porn is wrong’ premise to illustrate why from a biological, emotional, relational, and spiritual perspective.

—Marnie C. Ferree, author, No Stones: Women Redeemed from Sexual Addiction

Product Details

  • Title: Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain
  • Author: William M. Struthers
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 196

About the Author

William M. Struthers holds a PhD in biopsychology from University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a professor of psychology at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, where he teaches courses on behavioral neuroscience, men and addictions, and the biological bases of behavior. His theoretical research is in the area of neuroethics, the biological bases of spirituality and personhood, and the nature of integration in psychology. He is also interested in the Anglican tradition and in science/faith dialogue issues.

Sample Pages from the Print Edition