The aim of this chapter is to help you analyse the steps involved in your own sexual acting out and to bring them into conscious awareness. We can describe the sequence of events involved in acting out as a ‘cycle of addiction’. It is called a cycle because it is self-reinforcing, and we go round 94and round it time and again. Unless your cycle of addiction is understood, it will be difficult to break. Once it is understood, you will be able to take corrective action. We can depict the cycle of addiction in terms of a diagram.