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Looking at Addiction as a Decision-Making Disorder
Shahram Heshmat Ph.D.
It is a fundamental feature of human beings that we have an image of ourselves as acting for a reason.
What we think and feel in a given situation is shaped by our past experience.
We may need to modify our environments and rearrange our opportunities so temptations are minimized and bad habits lose their grip.
The fruits of Stoic philosophy are tranquility, courage, and freedom.
The vulnerability to boredom is associated with self-control problems, including addiction, gambling, and binge-eating, to escape the feeling.
Confronting our mortality improves anxiety and enriches the experience of living.
People are inclined to overestimate the positive or negative aspects, or the pleasant or unpleasant quality, of their experiences.
The awareness of our mortality triggers defenses to limit the unpleasant experience of death anxiety.
We naturally long for feelings of trust and comfort in our connections with others and unconsciously react to cues of danger.
The ability to bounce back requires being empowered to make decisions that promote personal well-being.
Humans have the ability to synchronize with one another or with an external stimulus.
Making a specific coping plan so that you are fully prepared to help yourself will calm—rather than accelerate—anxiety.
Knowing that time is finite encourages us to ask how we are using our time.
Boredom, similar to pain, acts both to alert individuals about a need for change and as a way of motivating them to achieve meaningful goals.
The present bias can make individuals place extra weight on more immediate rewards.
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Excessive worry and anxiety impair our judgment.
The fear of death defies the power of reason. The fear of dying is also a normal fear to have.
Scarcity can influence the economic choices we make, as well as how we think and feel.
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By becoming more aware of our emotions, we experience ourselves as free rather than as victims.
Working on tasks that are freely chosen, or discovering a new skill as a competence satisfaction, can enhance vitality and aliveness.
The somatic marker perspective suggests that dysfunctional decision-making patterns contribute to addiction development.
As addiction progresses, addicts progressively make less advantageous decisions for themselves and for those who are close to them.
We are drawn to musical styles that satisfy and reinforce our psychological needs.
People use music to improve their mood on a daily basis.
Listening to preferred music may be a more effective way to reduce feelings of stress and increase positive emotion.
Shahram Heshmat, Ph.D., is an associate professor emeritus of health economics of addiction at the University of Illinois at Springfield.