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Gambling, Gaming and Extreme Behavior
Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D.
It was 50 years ago today that the first episode of 'Columbo' aired on TV. This article looks at the psychology of television's greatest detective.
Research into 'workaholism' and 'work addiction' appears to have grown over the last decade and most view the constructs as interchangeable. But is that really the case?
The taking of selfies has become hugely popular but recent research suggests that some individuals have what has been termed selfitis, the obsessive taking of selfies.
Obscene phone calling has existed for decades yet there has been little research into it. What do we know about it psychologically?
Sports gambling advertising is now commonplace, but there is little research on it. Two studies examine junk food, gender and alcohol in gambling ads.
Gambling on sporting events is an incredibly popular activity, but what evidence is there that this particular type of gambling can be problematic?
It has been alleged that David Bowie had many addictions during his career (cocaine, sex). Despite such alleged behavior, David Bowie taught me lots of things. Here are 10 of them.
Over the last 20 years, there have been stories about individuals that have accidentally or deliberately snorted the ashes of another person. But does 'cremainlining' really exist?
Those individuals with smoking fetishes (capnolagnia) are presumed to be rare but there has been a growing amount of psychological research looking at sexualised smoking behavior.
The use of bodily fluids as part of art works appears to be on the increase. But what is the psychological motivation and is there an association with mental disorders?
There are many reports of pica (the eating of non-nutritive items such as coal, hair and wood). One sub-variant of pica is the eating of metal. But what do we know about it?
Amaurophilia is a sexual paraphilia where the individual derives sexual pleasure and arousal by a partner who is blind. But what else do we know about this rare sexual behavior?
A personal insight into the psychology of a record-collecting completist.
A recent scale assessing shopping addiction (the Compulsive Online Shopping Scale) added one word to a previously published scale. So when is a new addiction scale not new?
Excessive tattooing has been central to many storylines featured in films. This article takes a brief look at the psychological themes of the tattoo obsessives in some of the films
Hoaxing behaviour is nothing new but there are many types that may or may not have serious consequences for individuals. But what do we know about the psychology of hoaxing?
Some claim that mummification as a sexual fetish is on the increase. But what do we know about this sexual behavior from a psychological perspective?
Some masochistic behaviours including self-flagellation have religious (rather than sexual) motivations. But what are the psychological reasons that motivate such behavior?
Reports of excessive Rubik's Cube use have continually surfaced over the last 35 years. But is there any evidence that playing a Rubik's Cube can be addictive?
For a small minority of people, shoes can become a sexual fetish either on its own or overlapping with other sexual paraphilias. But what do we actually know about shoe fetishism?
Lazarus Syndrome refers to the spontaneous return of blood circulation after the person has been declared dead. But what do we know about this very rare phenomenon?
Some suggests that use of smartphones and videogames can be addictive. However, there is also evidence that such use can have therapeutic benefits, like reducing feelings of pain.
Genital drug injection appears to be a rare behaviour but there are a number of recorded cases in the medical literature. But what do we know about this extreme behaviour?
Hyphephilia is a paraphilia in which individuals derive sexual arousal from touching skin, hair, leather, or fur. But what do we know about such tactile fetishistic behavior?
The Internet has enabled people’s engagement in a wide variety of online sexual behaviours. For a small minority, such behaviors may take on addictive qualities.
Arguably one of the most obscure paraphilias is knismophilia (sexual arousal from tickling). This post explores tickling fetishes by examining online resources about the behavior.
A recent systematic review of the psychological literature reviewed all studies that provided empirical data on the relationship between psychoactive substance use.
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)
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.
Knitting has been the subject of academic interest bit what does the psychological literature say about excessive knitting as an addiction?
Mark Griffiths, Ph.D., is a chartered psychologist and Director of the International Gaming Research Unit in the Psychology Division at Nottingham Trent University.
My blog takes a look at addictive, obsessive and compulsive behaviors such as gambling and video gaming, as well as other behavioral addictions involving behaviors such as sex, exercise, and shopping.