Drug Use And Creativity

A recent systematic review of the psychological literature reviewed all studies that provided empirical data on the relationship between psychoactive substance use.

David Bowie's Life at the Extremes

David Bowie was one of the most interesting people that ever lived. With an ever-shifting persona he sometimes lived life at the extremes (addiction and an interest in the occult)

Sex And Water Fetishes

Water-based fetishes and paraphilias appear to be rare but there are various references to it in both the popular and academic literature. To find out more, read on.

Excessive Knitting and Addiction

Knitting has been the subject of academic interest bit what does the psychological literature say about excessive knitting as an addiction?

Donald Trump and the 'Golden Showers' Allegations

Over the last day or so, stories have cited unverified claims that Donald Trump paid prostitutes to urinate in front of him. But what do we actually know about urophilia?

Hypnosis And Sexual Health

Seduction through mind control (i.e., erotic hypnosis) has a long history in Western culture but what do we know about hypnosis and sexual health from a psychological perspective?

The Psychology of Financial Dominatrixes

There have been an increasing number of media reports about women who demand money from men who in turn get sexual pleasure from the activity. But why?

Workaholism and Psychiatric Disorders

There has been an increasing amount of research into workaholism but was is the relationship between work addiction, ADHD, OCD and depressions?

The Psychology of Animal Torture

Why would anyone want to deliberately inflict pain on a defenseless animal?

Mechanophilia Exposed and Explained

In a society where more people are spending more time with technology and machines, is there evidence that some people are sexually aroused by machines?

The Rise of Daily Fantasy Sports

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?

Box Set Bingeing (Revisited)

Research into 'box set bingeing' (watching a whole TV series in one sitting) has grown over the last few years and now there is a new psychometric scale that assesses it.

Halloween and Fancy Dress

Halloween is around the corner and many people will be in fancy dress on October 31st. But what do we know about the psychology of dressing up more generally?

Can Cycling Be Addictive?

There has been an increasing amount of research into exercise addiction and it's sub-types. One such type is 'cycling addiction' but can it really be classed as an addiction?

A Brief Look at Medical Student Syndrome

There is some empirical evidence that some particular sub-groups of people appear to suffer hypochondria-related disorders relating to the medical conditions they are studying

Poetry as an Addiction

It was recently argued that the act of writing poetry can potentially meet some of the criteria for addiction and has been termed 'poesegraphilia.' This post takes a closer look.

Can Thumb Sucking Be Addictive?

Thumb sucking is a common behavior in young children but a small minority carry on the behavior into their adulthood. Is this problematic and could it be described as addictive?

Is the Concept of "Internet Addiction" a Misnomer?

Internet addiction is now a widely studied phenomenon. However most research shows that a minority of people have addictions on the internet but rarely to it.

Screenagers and Technology Use

There has been a lot of debate about how much time children should spend in front of screens. I argue content and context of screen time is more import than the amount of time.

Are Olympians Addicted to Exercise, Work or Neither?

Olympic athletes are dedicated to their profession and spend hours every day training and exercising. But are Olympic athletes addicted to exercise, their work, or neither?

The Truman Show Delusion

Watching reality television shows do not cause psychotic or delusional episodes. However, those with underlying illnesses (e.g., schizophrenia) may develop a Truman Show Delusion.

Addicted to Gossip?

It's often said that everyone loves to gossip. But are there people who gossip a bit to much? Are there individuals that are actually addicted gossip?

Internet Gaming Disorder vs. Internet Addiction Disorder

In the DSM-5, Internet Gaming Disorder is seen as synonymous with internet use disorder (IUD) and internet addiction (IA). Empirical evidence clearly shows this is not the case.

The Search For Happiness

"Beware of Destination Addiction - a preoccupation with the idea that happiness is in the next place, the next job and with the next partner" (Robert Holden)

Sexual Trophies, Murder, And Addiction

When it comes to the collecting of ‘sexual trophies’, most research relates to more criminal sexual deviance. But what does the literature say and can it be addictive?

Gambling, ADHD, OCD and Kleptomania

Papers in psychiatric journals have claimed that many of the characters in the Star Wars movies have underlying psychopathologies including pathological gambling, OCD and ADHD

Nazi Fetishism

Examples of Nazi fetishism can be found in both musical content and films but what do we know about it from an academic and psychological perspective?

Erotic Lactation

Lactophilia is a sexual paraphilia where individuals (typically male) derive sexual pleasure from watching women lactate. But what do we know about this sexual behaviour?

Gambling, Sex, And Gaming In Virtual Reality

There is little scientific evidence (as yet) that individuals have become addicted to virtual reality (VR) applications. However, could the new VR applications be addictive?

Can Quilting Be an Addiction?

There is academic research on the psychology and sociology of quilting and online reports of the quilting hobby being "addictive". This article separates the fact and the fiction.

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