Coronavirus Rule #1…Don’t Touch Your Face! Why Can’t You NOW Stop Touching Your Face? Thought Suppression & Rebound Behaviors

With the continued information about the coronavirus coming in almost by the minute, two things have remained consistent…wash your hands long enough to sing the ABC song AND don’t touch your face! But for most, simply telling one to not touch their face leads to more face touching, oftentimes significantly more than they would have had they never been instructed to not touch their face in the first place! Why is it so hard to stop touching our faces…no touchy!!! In this episode, Tony tackles the reasons why thought suppression not only doesn’t work, but it actually makes the situation worse! Tony references the NBC News article, “Try not to touch your face. Also, try not to think about touching your face.” by Kalhan Rosenblatt as well as the Psychology Today article “Don’t Think About It: Thought Suppression Causes Behavior Rebound” by Ira Hyman Ph.D.

Tony’s new best selling book “He’s a Porn Addict…Now What? An Expert and a Former Addict Answer Your Questions” is now available on Kindle.

Tony Overbay, is the co-author of “He’s a Porn Addict…Now What? An Expert and a Former Addict Answer Your Questions” now available on Amazon The book debuted in the number 1 spot in the Sexual Health Recovery category and remains there as the time of this record. The book has received numerous positive reviews from professionals in the mental health and recovery fields.

The book tackles tough questions with answers from both the expert and the addict’s point of view. Tony, a licensed marriage and family therapist, and creator of The Path Back, an online pornography addiction recovery program that has helped hundreds of people overcome turning to pornography and other compulsive sexual behaviors as a coping mechanism, and Joshua Shea, former addict, and author of the book “The Addiction Nobody Will Talk About” read their respective answers to questions such as “Finding out he’s addicted to porn has turned me off to sex completely, what should I do?” And “How much do we tell the kids?” And “Does this mean that God is mad at me, or doesn’t love me?”

Reviews include: “This is the most helpful book for porn addicts and the people who (still) love them. One of the most courageous and timely books to help with a widespread and almost never talked about epidemic that is ruining marriages, careers, and lives. It will give hope to millions of people who are addicted to pornography. — Mark Goulston, MD, FAPA, Author of Just Listen Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone.

You can learn more about Tony’s pornography recovery program The Path Back by visiting And visit and sign up to receive updates on upcoming programs, and podcasts.

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