Habits & Addictions Revisited

ROBERT WALDON


1991 CONFERENCE PAPER


Habits = things we do

Addictions = things we crave

Most habits represent the repetition of a behavior which, past or present, has been effective in reducing anxiety, stress or fear of some kind in our lives. The addiction is to the resultant anxiety reduction (regardless of any other anxiety or stress might be caused by the addiction itself). Many of our Habits and Addictions take the form of substances which we administer or ingest (foods, drugs, cigarettes), but can also take the form of behaviors (pacing, arguing, lying, stealing, sleeping, daydreaming, etc) or patterns of thought (”I’m stupid”, “I’m always making mistakes”, “I’ll never be able to do this”, “I’m responsible for this mess”, etc.).


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