Managing Your Compulsive Behaviors

Plenty of people suffer from one form of compulsive behavior or another. There's compulsive shopping, hoarding, eating, and gambling. And, of course, there is garden variety obsessive compulsiveness. When a person has a compulsion, he is trapped in a pattern of repetitive and senseless thinking—and these behaviors can prove difficult to overcome.

Recent posts on Compulsive Behaviors

Recovery and Fulfillment in Loss and Longing:

Understanding unconscious motivation, strengthening ego defenses, experiencing loss & longing facilitate eating disorder recovery and enable responsible & honorable decision making
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Behavioral Addiction

There is little doubt that the Internet is resulting in problematic behavior. But should we treat that behavior as an addiction—and can we define behavioral addiction?

Your Power Over Addiction

You can train your brain to feel good when you do things that are good for you. Follow these 3 simple steps and you will wire in a healthy comfort habit to replace an unhealthy one
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10 Patterns of Addictive Behavior

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on February 22, 2017 in Science of Choice
The following list identifies several important behavioral patterns associated with addiction.
Paul Nunez

Are Some Scientists Serious About Denying Free Will?

A brief look at the issues of consciousness and free will.

A Conversation About Underage Drinking

It is silly to think that turning 21 makes one a responsible drinker. Knowledge, above all else, is the dividing factor, and education can start at any age.

Gary Taubes's New Book Puts Sugar On Trial

By Michael Bader D.M.H. on January 25, 2017 in What Is He Thinking?
In The Case Against Sugar, science writer Gary Taubes shows how Sugar fronts distorted science and politicized nutrition politics to sell what Taubes shows is actually a a poison.

Vagus Nerve Stimulation Holds Promise for Treating Addiction

By Christopher Bergland on January 24, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Vagus nerve stimulation can reduce cravings and may offer a radical new way to break the cycle of addictive behaviors, according to early findings from a preclinical study.

Social Media: Things are Not Always What They Seem

With a new president who likes to tweet, this might be a good time to remember that for most job seekers, social media should be used with caution.

Serial Killers in 2016

By Joni E Johnston Psy.D. on January 19, 2017 in The Human Equation
What can we learn from an overview of serial killers in 2016? Let's take a look at the new faces of serial murder.

Can You Be Mindful and Still Feel Angry?

Mindfulness will not turn you into a feel-good Zen zombie. It does not stop you from feeling negative emotions; it just helps free you from being controlled by those emotions.

Impressive Compulsive Disorder

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on January 12, 2017 in Ambigamy
At the extreme, there's the pathological climber, the power-hoarder who doesn't care if winning the game destroys the game board. Trump is one.

Learning to Be Dishonest

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on January 11, 2017 in Memory Medic
Experiment shows that a little lying leads to bigger lying.
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Road Rage Revisited

By Steve Albrecht DBA on January 09, 2017 in The Act of Violence
Road rage is getting worse and more dangerous. Road ragers and their victims need help to cope in different ways.

How to Shop Smartly When Prices Are Changing Constantly

Rely less on memory & pricing cues, and more on price tracking technology.

7 Surprising Science-Based Willpower Hacks

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on January 01, 2017 in Intentional Insights
Willpower is crucial to achieving your goals! Learn seven easy science-based techniques to improve your willpower.

Why Do Some People Do Self-Destructive Things?

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on January 01, 2017 in Fighting Fear
Many self-destructive behaviors are initially pleasant. Drug abuse is an example. But other self-destructive behaviors persist even though they feel bad. These are hard to explain.

13 Easy Ways to Jumpstart Your Boring Life

By Donna Barstow on December 31, 2016 in Ink Blots Cartoons
Being afraid of change is the biggest danger of all.

Autism and Screen Time: Special Brains, Special Risks

By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D. on December 31, 2016 in Mental Wealth
Is your gut telling you that your child with autism has too much screen time? Here are 11 reasons why ASD kids are more vulnerable to screen time effects, including addiction.

Facing Threat with Integrity

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on December 18, 2016 in Moral Landscapes
Larry Colburn, who just died, helped stop the My Lai massacre in 1968. We can learn two lessons from him.
James Coplan, MD

Perfectionism, Part 2

Do you have gremlins below decks, countermanding the captain's orders?

Conversations With Yourself: Put-Downs or Pats on the Back

By Isadora Alman MFT, CST on December 12, 2016 in Sex & Sociability
When you talk to yourself do you say "You can do it, kiddo" or "You better not fail again, you loser." Do you habitually use the carrot or the stick, encouragement or insults?

Can Your Relationship Handle the Sex Test?

What happens when sex brings us too close to the very things that it's ostensibly supposed to: intimacy, empathy, emotional risk, and investment?

All I Want for Christmas Is a Pony

By Tracy P Alloway Ph.D. on November 30, 2016 in Keep It in Mind
Is impulsive buying and shopping stressing you out this holiday season?
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AASECT Releases Historic Position Statement on Sex Addiction

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in Standard Deviations
AASECT, the national sex therapy certifying organization releases a groundbreaking position statement about the sex addiction model.

When the Fighting Stops

Irrelationship is a jointly created state of insanity made visible in the mutual acting-out ‎of the anxiety of being vulnerable, intimate, empathetic and invested in one another.
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3 Tips to Stay Safe When an Ex Becomes a Stalker

By Joni E Johnston Psy.D. on November 15, 2016 in The Human Equation
When a stalker is a former lover, the victim must be aware of the psychological blind spots that can increase her risk.

Your Dependent Attachment Style Is Pushing Your Partner Away

If you have a depending attachment style, and you are in a relationship, chances are that you are in the process of ruining your relationship.

Why Your Clutter Is Killing You and What to Do About It

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on November 10, 2016 in Think Well
Are you a clutterbug, packrat or full-blown hoarder? Here's why your stuff could be weighing down your health and happiness. And what to start doing about it.

The Rise of Daily Fantasy Sports

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on November 10, 2016 in In Excess
Fantasy sports have changed dramatically over the last few years and now include daily versions where people pay to play. But is it a form of gambling or a game of skill—or both?