David J. Ley

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David J. Ley is a clinical psychologist and author, known for his critical stance regarding sex addiction. His first book, Insatiable Wives won a Silver Medal in the Foreword Magazine Book of the Year in 2009.[1][2] His book, The Myth of Sexual Addiction, is widely regarded as a strong argument against the concept. A Publishers Weekly review said it "makes a thoughtful and persuasive argument, using case studies and ample references to the work of other psychologists to flesh out his case. While serving as an excellent resource on sex addiction, Ley's study also sheds light on the myriad cultural and sociological factors that influence relationships."[3]

Ley's interview on the podcast GluckRadio with host Dr. Errol Gluck has garnered over 550,000 views on YouTube.


Ley received his bachelor's degree from the University of Mississippi, and his masters' and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from the University of New Mexico.[4]


In an interview with Salon.com, he said "The sex-addiction concept is a belief system, not a diagnosis; it’s not a medically supported concept. The science is abysmal."[5]

Ley has also criticized Internet memes surrounding the No Nut November challenge, calling them "a creepy little smorgasbord of insecurity-driven hate with anti-Semitism, misogyny, and homophobia all rolled up in one."[6]


  1. ^ "David J Ley Ph.D." psychologytoday.com.
  2. ^ "Interview: David Ley, Author of The Myth of Sex Addiction". BaDoink Magazine. Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-01-28.
  3. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: The Myth of Sex Addiction by David J. Ley. Rowman & Littlefield, $35 (256p) ISBN 978-1-4422-1304-3". PublishersWeekly.com.
  4. ^ David J. Ley
  5. ^ "Don't believe the sex addiction hype". salon.com.
  6. ^ "How a New Meme Exposes the Far-Right Roots of #NoNutNovember". Rollingstone.

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