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Self-help program

7. Consider the advantages and disadvantages

In the previous exercise, you assessed how your sexual interest and actions have affected you and different areas of your life. Next, you will consider in more detail the advantages and disadvantages of your actions in the short and long term.

In general, people are more likely to change their behaviour only when the disadvantages of doing things start to outweigh the benefits. In the next exercise you will evaluate the advantages and disadvantages in your case.

Exercise: Advantages and disadvantages


You will understand what advantages and disadvantages your actions have in relation to your life in the short and long term.


Consider the advantages and disadvantages using the below picture. Either think of an answer to each point or write the answers in the boxes below.

Advantages are all the positive things that your interest and actions have contributed to your life. Disadvantages, on the other hand, are the things that you feel impact your life negatively.

Short term refers to what happens immediately as you act or takes place no more than a few months in the future. Long term refers to a period ranging from two months to several years in the future.

Once you have considered the matter, look at the balance of advantages and disadvantages.

  • Which are the there more of?
  • What do you think your life will be like in a year or five years if you don't change your actions that sexualise children?
Example of advantages and disadvantages on short and long term
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