The Addictive Process and Addictive Behaviors

“Any activity, substance, object, or behavior that has become the major focus of a person’s life to the exclusion of other activities, or that has begun to harm the individual or others physically, mentally, or socially is considered an addictive behavior. A person can become addicted, dependent, or compulsively obsessed with anything. Some researchers imply that there are similarities between physical addiction to various chemicals, such as alcohol and heroin, and psychological dependence to activities such as compulsive gambling, sex, work, running, shopping, or eating disorders. It is thought that these behavior activities may produce beta-endorphins in the brain, which makes the person feel “high”. Some experts suggest that if a person continues to engage in the activity to achieve this feeling of well-being and euphoria, he/she may get into an addictive cycle. In so doing, he/she becomes physically addicted to his/her own brain chemicals, thus leading to continuation of the behavior even though it may have negative health or social consequences. Others feel that these are just bad habits.”

I believe sort term solutions are addictive too. Anything that is short term solution, but not a permanent solution is addictive.
Lawyers giving misleading information is addictive too, as when you are mislead, you will need more law related protection, thus you will need more lawyer’s services. Here comes again the question “Who will guard the guards? ”

Some people are addicted to borrowing. As they don’t have money, but they can’t control their consumption, they constantly borrow money. This creates a huge debt issue, which an individual can loose his/her assets or person’s future becomes indebted, which might take years to pay the debt off, it’s kind of slavery because of not being able to control consumption.

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Affluenza: The Psychology of Wealth
“It is not entirely clear who invented the term “Affluenza.” A documentary with that title appeared on American television and the makers then wrote a book with the title. John De Graaf, David Wann and Thomas Naylor then wrote a book in 2001 with the subtitle: The All-Consuming Epidemic. It covers the symptoms, causes and treatment of Affluenza.

They defined affluenza as “a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more.” They ended the book with an ironic observation that affluenza is the one disease we can cause by spending less money not more

In his book Affluenza Oliver James, a British clinical psychologist proposed the following theory: Increasing affluence in a society, particularly where it is characterised by inequality leads to an increase in unhappiness.”

Affluenza: a plague on both their houses, their cars and their yacht
“British psychologist Oliver James, in his 2007 book Affluenza: How to be Successful and Stay Sane, argues that the entire world is experiencing an epidemic of affluenza (he defines it as a burning envy and obsessive desire to keep up with the Joneses that can lead to severe depression and anxiety). These Joneses are not simply American dreamers of the shrinking middle class; they are more like the Couches and other families in the top tiers of wealth.

The word affluenza has been mentioned as far back as the 1800s, according to an analysis by Google Books, tracing mentions of the word over time. Its coinage has most widely been attributed to Fred Whitman, a descendant of a prominent and wealthy San Francisco family, who purportedly came up with the idea for the combination of words in 1954 as he was “looking into the problems of inherited money”, according to The Chicago Tribune.”

Affluenza: A New Mental Illness?

What psychiatrists think of the “affluenza” defense

The Epidemic of Affluenza
“How to Diagnose It. How to Treat It.
There’s an epidemic sweeping the country. It’s not your typical virus, but rather a highly contagious disease of epidemic overconsumption, and the symptoms include compulsive shopping, high debt, overwork, inability to delay gratification, a sense of entitlement, obsession with externals and “having it all,” wastefulness, and stress. The disease is called affluenza, which is derived from the word “affluence,” meaning: “a : an abundant flow or supply: PROFUSION b : abundance of property : WEALTH.” (~Merriam Webster Dictionary)
PBS, in a television special, described affluenza as:

The bloated, sluggish and unfulfilled feeling that results from efforts to keep up with the Joneses.
An epidemic of stress, overwork, waste and indebtedness caused by dogged pursuit of the American Dream.
An unsustainable addiction to economic growth.
The Web site has this to say about it:

“Advertisers who promote and shape our consumer culture seek to condition us to the idea that by trading our life energy for the money needed to buy their product, we will fulfill our hopes for power, happiness, security, acceptance, success, fulfillment, achievement, and personal worth.”(”
Is Affluenza a Real Condition?

What Is Affluenza?
“Simply put, affluenza is a harmful or unbalanced relationship with money or its pursuit. Clinically, Jessie defines affluenza in the individual as the collective addictions, character flaws, psychological wounds, neurosis and behavioral disorders caused or exacerbated by the presence of or desire for wealth.”
“Affluenza, a portmanteau of affluence and influenza, is a term used by critics of consumerism. It is thought to have been first used in 1954[1] but it gained legs as a concept with a 1997 PBS documentary of the same name [2] and the subsequent book, Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic (2001). These works define affluenza as “a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety, and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more.”[3] The term “affluenza” has also been used to refer to an inability to understand the consequences of one’s actions because of financial privilege, notably in the case of Ethan Couch.[4]”

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ACT: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

The pleasure trap: Douglas Lisle at TEDxFremont
About food addiction, junk food, healthy food and how to recover from harmful habits such as drug addiction, junk food addiction, … etc. The speaker mentions the importance of fasting to increase the sensitivity of receptors; drinking only water to increase the sensitivity of sugar, fat and protein intake, … etc