Our eyes, gestures, and tone bring us together in a more profound way than words alone. It’s why we look hopefully toward the return of in-person, face-to-face connection.
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Looking at Addiction as a Decision-Making Disorder
Shahram Heshmat Ph.D.
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.
What explains the current panic-buying of foods and toilet paper?
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.
Musical training contains all the components of a cognitive training program, such as concentrated attention, memory, and learning processes.
We learn whenever anything unexpected happens but not when things are predictable.
Deliberate practice is an effective learning tool that can provide a chance to achieve the best possible result.
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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.
Choice and decision making is a fundamental aspect of life, and the choices people make determine in part their quality of life.
The ability to control appetitive urges, such as cravings for unhealthy food, is an essential skill for health and well-being.
Aesthetic judgments explain why different individuals have different reactions to the same music or artwork.
A key motive for listening to music is to influence one’s emotions.
The knowledge about ways in which sad music becomes enjoyable can inform existing music therapy practices for mood disorders.
People are too complex to be driven just by carrot-and-stick motivators.
The quality of early attachment provides a risk factor for substance use problems later in life.
The self-medication theory of addiction provides a useful tool for understanding how and why some individuals are vulnerable to addition.
Shahram Heshmat, Ph.D., is an associate professor emeritus of health economics of addiction at the University of Illinois at Springfield.