Hi everyone, I'm following my friends to this forum and before I start procrastinating, I make a intro thread & start my log. I'll first start with a short intro with my journey and my goals. The 30+ age bracket doesn't apply to me yet, but it will happen this year, so I'm ready to accept my fate I'm male and started PMO around 2001, the rest of my story is pretty similar to many of you here. I'm currently single, with no own family - so at least no other people are harmed by my addiction and my fight. It took some time until I finally realized (with the help of the online ressources & TED talk), that PMO drains my energy and makes me feel miserable. First attempts started 2015 and 2016 I joined the nofap forums. One of my first streaks was 41 days in the first year, and that was it. I've done it with pure willpower and after that it was depleted. Further tries resulted in constant relapses. Then the second year wasn't that successfull and it wasn't helpful (for the journey), that I found PUA game advice, which often triggered urges. This PUA stuff lead finally to the red pill, Stefan Molyneux' channel and finally 2018 diving into the MGTOW movement. It was quite difficult to swallow, but their observations and arguments are rational and totally make sense, so I had no choice but to accept this - at least until I find a new direction which explains the current world even better. But I think I will save this content for the dedicated MGTOW communities and focus here on the addiction. But I'm convinced that we have to talk about "global" societal problems here as well, as they are one of the main causes of our addiction. The third year is, when things got really interesting, as I decided to tackle the addiction from another direction. I found an AP for a short time, who by chance recommended me Allen Carr's book "Easyway to stop smoking". I started a thread and got hints that there is an adapted version called the hackbook, in which the author has adapted the easyway book for PMO. I was quite euphoric at that time - happy, that I finally found a method "that works". And it did work for some time, but at the end I couldn't get over the addiction with this method only. The book has a lot of good points, especially about the "brainwashing": The "hyper-sexualisation" of our everyday life and "acceptance" of porn in society are main reason for the PMO addiction (imho). (This is I think where it can sometimes go political, as there are certain groups and media outlets with a certain political affiliation, who actively promote porn and degeneracy). In general I must say, that PMO really did wreck my 20s, as is killed my motivation to pursue relationships & more in life and job wise it has hold be back as well - But this could be as well the general demotivation caused by the coorporate hamster wheel. The last year was also quite stressfull, as I tried to found a startup (which doesn't really fly atm), and was processing the mgtow content. In the last months I was basically relapsing 1-2 times every 1-2 weeks. This is again far better than I was a year ago, but I want to finally get rid of this addiction. What I want to do: The pure easyway method doesn't work. It helps me to become aware of the brainwashing, and general awareness is also useful, but as a second part, I have to control my thoughts - the part, which I neglected in the last months. Hopefully meditation will help with that as well. So that's it for the moment. I don't plan to post daily, but only when something interesting happens or I want to share some thoughts. Thanks for reading. I hope this year will be the final round !