Part 1 outlined the origin of addictive behaviour tendencies as evolving from the mal-adaptation of self-gratification methods.
The social conditioning which occurs in the pubescent child will determine the propensity of mal-adaptation in self-gratification options selected by the teenager and then by the adult.
The aspect of self-image and self-esteem also has a great contribution to the understanding of whether a pre-teen will adopt maladaptive behaviour when given the opportunity to select between appropriate or inappropriate and destructive choices: promiscuous sex, alcohol, smoking, over-eating, destructive acting-out( when anxiety is turned outwards) or depression (when anxiety is suppressed).
The Freudian and Jungian psycho-analytical perspective about masturbation is that the individual opts for connecting at a primal level with a self-controlled method of gratification which touches the physical, emotional, and mental dimensions of the psyche.
This may be accompanied by emotions of shame if the act of masturbation has been portrayed as inappropriate by parents to the child, and may result in the distorted development of the Ego and of the Identity as being unworthy and inadequate.
There may also be an accompanied general depression which surrounds the identification of the teenager as inadequate and unworthy of love and attention.
The distorted self-image and self-esteem will make it more difficult for the pre-teen or teenager to interact successfully in social forums such as school, sports, or competitive arenas.
So how does one monitor the level of gratification? How does one determine what is a healthy level of gratification?
How does one begin to measure and scale the differing and relative importance of the different sources of gratification?
Should we eliminate all sources of gratification to cleanse our psyche?
Will it work?