Psychogenic Impotence or Performance Anxiety
The Physiology of an Erection.
Your Nervous System is divided into two parts, Sympathetic and Parasympathetic.
Sympathetic is also call the “Fight or Flight” part. It’s what kicks in during stress to help you survive. It evolved millions of years ago, to help animals react to danger. If for example a Cave Man is in his cave, and a Saber Tooth tiger comes strolling in, looking for a nice Cave man snack, the Cave man sees it and the Sympathetic System kicks in full throttle. The adrenaline in released in massive quantities, blood vessels contract, heart rate, blood pressure and respiratory rates sky rocket, basically preparing the Cave man to either fight for his life, run for his life or some combination of those.
After he survives the incident and feels safe again, the Parasympathetic kicks in and lowers heart rate and respiration, dilates blood vessels to lower blood pressure, relaxation sets in, blood flow opens back up to organs etc, and the body begins to recover and repair.
Skip forward a couple million years and the same Sympathetic and Parasympathetic are in humans, but now primarily result is stress and disease. Your boss yells at you, and the Sympathetic kicks in with all the same reactions, but now you don’t have the massive physical exertion needed to deal with the Saber Tooth, you just have to sit there and take it. This is what results in a lot of modern stress produced illnesses.
Now, lets take Joe Blow for example. He feels like his dick is too small and females will react negatively to it when he “whips it out” this “fear” will stimulate his Sympathetic System like his life is in danger. Same increase of heart rate, respiration, adrenaline etc. However, the problem lies in the fact that the penis is TOTALLY dependent on the PARASYMPATHETIC system for an erection!
So, you are afraid you won’t get hard, which stimulates the Sympathetic, which causes your erection to start to fade, which REALLY stimulates your Sympathetic, which REALLY kills your erection, and so on. You have now created a Negative Feedback Loop!
Now every time you need to whip out ol’ Yeller to impress a female, you immediately worry it won’t work, which stimulates your Sympathetic System…and low an behold, IT DOESN’T WORK! This just increases your fear, making it more likely that each time it will continue to happen. The more it happens, the more you KNOW it will happen again!
This is what is referred to as PSYCHOGENIC Impotence, or all caused by your mind and the panic. So the good news is there is nothing wrong with you. This is also called, “Performance Anxiety”, because you worry you will go soft, so you do.
So what’s the answer? Anything that gets you to NOT WORRY about it! Of course that is easier said than done.
I suggest a few tactics;
1) First is reading this and understanding it. Once you understand the mechanism, its the beginning to reverse it. At least you can quit worrying that something is “really wrong” with you, its not.
2) Next is to begin to reverse this negative behavioral-cognitive loop that you have set up. For that a couple strategies come to mind. Learn EFT or Tapping, its simple, easy to do and effective to drain out the negative energy you have build up in your circuitry.
This is just the basics, there are tons of free videos. You can learn it in a few minutes and begin to get some good results right away. More complex emotions require more skills but you can do tons of good with it for yourself. I like to have you raise your greatest fears, AND FEEL IT AS STRONGLY AS YOU CAN, if you can make your skin sweat and stomach knot (like its actually happening) its best! Make a note on a 1-10 scale how strong the fear is, and then keeping the FEAR AS HIGH AS YOU CAN, tap through the points, VERBALIZING your WORST FEARS as you tap.
For example, (as you start tapping) “I can NEVER have sex with a girl, because MY PENIS DOESN’T WORK!” (keep tapping) “I will never have a RELATIONSHIP because I CANT STAY HARD”, etc. Just bring up as much of the fear as possible and vocalize your WORST FEARS as you tap.
After you cycle through the first time, try and bring you fears up again, and again rate it 1-10. You will probably find its already reduced 50%. So, continue like this until its down to 0%. In the process other related fears might crop up, like “women don’t find me attractive anyway”…that’s fine, tap them all down to 0%.
ONCE you can no longer find any fear related to the problem, NOW you can TAP IN positive affirmations (but only after all the negative is out). You can say, while tapping, “you know, my dick actually can get big and hard, and there isn’t any reason why I can’t give this girl one heck of a shagging” etc. I like to state it like, “why couldn’t I …fill in the positive statement.
Work with this and you will find it will do a huge amount to erase this negative programing loop you have set up. (by loop I mean its reinforces itself.)
3) Realizing that its worry that does you in, don’t take fucking so serious, like a murder trial. Learn to slow down and enjoy the girl. Get naked at a fun pace, enjoy kissing her, smelling her, rubbing and teasing her, licking her etc. The more you just forget about “performing” and just enjoy the sensations and smells, the quicker you will find you are rock hard. Then when you get hard, don’t think “QUICK, FUCK HER WHILE ITS HARD” because that will just produce anxiety, right? Let yourself just kinda “fall” into fucking, without really mentally setting a goal or a start point, understand. Kinda’ like screwing when your half asleep, your LUST moves you into it, not your mind. The key to being a great lover is getting out of your head anyway, so learn it!
4) I think taking something like Cialis or Viagra in the beginning to help bridge you from fear to confidence can be a big help. It will take a semi erection and turn it into a full erection. As you gain confidence and break the negative feedback loop, you taper down the dose until you don’t need it anymore.
So, there you go, the Sparkyx prescription to reversing Performance Anxiety.
Happiness begins where selfishness ends!
Physiologic Indicators for Growth (PI's) Force Thresholds
Last edited by sparkyx : 08-27-2011 at .