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

Old Marshmallow Experiment Illuminates Trump's Weaknesses

By Rebecca Coffey on November 13, 2017 in The Bejeezus Out of Me
What does research into "delay discounting" tell us about Trump's "Achilles heel?"

The Primal Wound: Do You Have One?

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on November 12, 2017 in Moral Landscapes
Is suffering a necessary part of the human condition? To anticipate doom, fear intimacy, or carry a sense of falseness and meaninglessness? No, say the psychosynthesists.

When Food Is Food, When Sex Is Sex

Symptoms and behaviors that attempt to deal with emotions and replace relationships abound.

Gambling With Natural Disasters

Life’s a gamble, but are you gambling with your life?
J. Borowski

What Dahmer Actually Said

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on October 27, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
Filmmaker John Borowski provides the entire arrest report for Jeffrey Dahmer, including his full confession.

Tips for Mindful Technology Use

The lost art of boredom: How smartphones are making us dumber.

Digital Distraction: Internet and Smartphone Addiction

The Internet and smartphones have been adopted in the U.S. at a faster pace than any technology since the start of the Industrial Revolution, and we can't seem to stop using them.

Gambling Sports Advertising

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on October 19, 2017 in In Excess
Sports gambling advertising is now commonplace, but there is little research on it. Two studies examine junk food, gender and alcohol in gambling ads.

Bipolar, Hypersexual, and Celibate

Manic hypersexuality is the strongest urge I have ever known. It surpasses need. It makes lust seem tame. It’s all encompassing and in my case, uncontrollable.

Senseless Killing and the Need to Know Why

By Carrie Barron M.D. on October 04, 2017 in The Creativity Cure
Thoughts and research regarding the motivation for cruel, senseless crimes.

Do You Have an Inner Taskmaster? How Can You Tell?

Having an inner taskmaster is a mixed blessing. It can offer you various advantages. But it can also be an oppressive force, keeping you from experiencing many of life’s joys.

Abnormal Behaviors Aren't Always Psychological

Recent research stresses the need to check for a medical component to what you might think is just a behavior problem.

Therapy for Gambling Addiction

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on September 24, 2017 in In Therapy
Gambling maintains the fantasy of success while denying some harsh, cruel realities.

What's Up with the Mad Pooper of Colorado Springs?

Like the Energizer bunny, she keeps going...and going

Gambling On Sports

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on September 08, 2017 in In Excess
Gambling on sporting events is an incredibly popular activity, but what evidence is there that this particular type of gambling can be problematic?

What to Do When You Feel Like Bingeing

By Jennifer Rollin MSW, LCSW-C on September 07, 2017 in Mindful Musings
Do you struggle with bingeing? You can find freedom from this.
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More Talk About Talking Too Much

By Sophia Dembling on September 05, 2017 in The Introvert's Corner
It's hard to imagine telling a friend he or she talks too much--but might airing that truth be a kindness?

The Perfectionist Mistake about the Meaning of Life: Part 1

Some see life as meaningless because their obsession to achieve only the excellent blinds them to the great value of the good
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When Someone You Love Is an Alcoholic or Addict

Living with an addict can be a living hell. Trying to help can often make matters worse. Find out what you can do to make a difference.

Shoe Shaming in the Strictest School in Britain

By Peter Toohey Ph.D. on August 01, 2017 in Annals of the Emotions
Merchants’ Academy was called the strictest school in Britain, a tough label for a good school. But Merchants’ may not make it easy for itself by using shame to enforce behavior.

Don't Be Jealous!

What is jealousy? Can we escape from it? Are you a jealous person?

Hooked on Homicide

Is it possible for someone to become addicted to killing? Here's what crime experts, soldiers, and serial killers say.
Manu Praba / Wikipedia Commons CC BY 2.0

Be(lie)ve It or Not: Part One

Is belief a psychological condition? Why do we believe what we believe? What does belief mean? Is it many things?

Too Much Exercise Can Damage Your Gut

New research finds link between over-exercise and gastrointestinal issues.

What Drives Suicidal Mass Murderers?

Three recent mass killings by suicidal gunmen reveal the deadly effects of individuals caught up in a catathymic crisis.

The Asian Christian Sex Addict

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on June 05, 2017 in Minority Report
If you're an Asian, Christian, sex addict, is there a difference in your issues compared to other addicts? I would say definitely so since there are three distinct parts.
The Public Domain Review

Awkward Talk: Why Your Mouth Runs Away with You

A tendency to miss social cues is among the reasons some awkward people start talking and can't seem to stop.

The Unexpected Gifts of Desire

What can we learn if we don't automatically act to fulfill an urge or longing?

Inside the Mind of The 'Celebrity' Serial Killer Ian Brady

...why this serial killer never garnered the media attention that others... did, include the fact, unlike the 'Moors Murderer', Trevor Hardy did not have a catchy nick name...

Don't Sweat the Really Huge, Horrible Stuff Happening Daily

By Eliezer Sobel on May 15, 2017 in The 99th Monkey
Truly, don’t sweat it. That kind of thing always happens when the end of the world is nigh.