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In the previous tasks you looked at your life at the moment and the triggering internal and external factors that lead you to use CSAM. In this task you will identify the underlying motives behind your use of CSAM. 

All our behavior is guided by motives and using CSAM is no exception. The motives of individuals to watch CSAM may be related to sexual needs or other personal psychological needs that the individual tries to fulfill through using CSAM. Alternatively, an individual may have some other inhibitions preventing them from achieving sexual fulfillment through socially acceptable means.

3.6 Motivations and needs

1. My pathway to CSAM

Various underlying factors and motivations form a path towards your use of CSAM, by triggering thoughts and emotions that lead you to harmful behavior. In the exercises, you will be asked to reflect on your own life and values, as well as other perspectives on the use of CSAM.

Task 13: Identifying underlying motivations and needs

When examining your use of CSAM and deviant sexual arousal through the framework of motivations/needs, two things must be considered:

What is the purpose of using CSAM for you?

What is the significance of using CSAM for you?

Carefully consider these questions and write down your answers.

1. My pathway to CSAM

Various underlying factors and motivations form a path towards your use of CSAM, by triggering thoughts and emotions that lead you to harmful behavior. In the exercises, you will be asked to reflect on your own life and values, as well as other perspectives on the use of CSAM.

What is a self-help program?

  • it is based on treatments that have been shown to be effective in treatment

  • it consists of different sections

  • it includes information and exercises to help you manage your everyday life and symptoms

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