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Pastorale begeleiding van die seksueel verslaafde

W. C. Coetzer
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 39, No 4 | a413 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v39i4.413 | © 1970 W. C. Coetzer | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 31 July 2005 | Published:

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W. C. Coetzer, Skool vir Kerkwetenskappe, Potchefstroomkampus, Noordwes-Universiteit, South Africa

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Pastoral guidance for the sexually addicted
In this article special attention is given to a relatively new field of research with regard to sexual addiction. Sexuality is very much part of our core being. However, when this pattern becomes one of compulsion, it has the ability to unravel the person involved totally. The effects of this process within a marriage can be devastating. Attention is given to aspects like the mood- altering effect of sexual addiction, denial, rationalisation and fantasy. Focus is also placed on the cycle of addiction, the different rituals as well as the so-called “tolerance factor”. Important guidelines with regard to general counselling of addicts are discussed and more specific details are given in terms of the pastoral counselling process. Unresolved past hurt and pain would seem to be of special importance and special attention is given to this aspect during the counselling process. In this way a functional pastoral foundation can be laid, thus enabling and equipping the addict to respond in a positive way with regards to further therapeutic inputs from other disciplines.


Emotional Pain And Hurt; Marriage; Pastoral Counselling; Sexual Addiction Or Enslavement


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