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Genetic Disposition No Excuse for Cheating on Your Partner

The science of infidelity is still in its infancy, but recent studies have suggested that genetic factors may partly explain why some people are more likely than others to cheat on their romantic partners. However, genetic factors are never the only factors when it comes to human behavior, and these recent research results by no means suggest that cheaters now have a free pass.

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How to Rethink Your Shopping Habit Before It Becomes an Addiction

Young Beautiful Woman Sitting On Couch Shopping Online

Are you addicted to shopping? If you’ve asked yourself this, you need to stop and consider what role shopping and spending play in your life. Shopping addiction, also known as compulsive shopping or compulsive buying disorder, is a type of behavioral addiction that is similar in many ways to drug addiction. Shopping may still be a habit for you, but you need to know what constitutes crossing the line from healthy habit to addiction and how to cross back over.

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Posted in Sex Addiction

Inability to Multitask Seen in Cybersex Addiction

Ineffective use of a higher-level mental skill called executive control may help explain why some people who access pornography over the Internet develop symptoms of cybersex addiction, according to new findings from a team of German researchers.

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Breaking Through Denial About Sex Addiction

Denial is a common part of the addiction experience, and sex addiction is no exception. Overcoming denial and recognizing the presence of addiction is critical because this is the first step toward recovery.

Denial allows us to convince ourselves that even the most out-of-control and destructive behavior is normal and manageable. People under the control of an addiction are able to rationalize and dismiss their behavior in a variety of ways, and when they do acknowledge problematic behavior, they are likely to place the blame with another person.

People with sex addiction engage in sexual behavior that continues to escalate over time. Escalation can involve both increasingly frequent sexual intercourse as well as the pursuit of sexual gratification through other means such as excessive pornography viewing, obscene phone calls, phone sex or video sex. Sex addiction can also escalate to include illegal activities such as voyeurism, exhibitionism, solicitation and even child molestation or rape. Some research suggests that as many as 70 percent of child molesters may fit the profile of sex addiction.

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The Link Between Workaholism and Alcoholism

Workaholism and alcoholism have a lot more in common than just similar names. They can have many of the same characteristics, such as feeling unable to control your behavior and neglecting other areas of your life. And they can cause many of the same consequences, such as loss of sleep and relationship conflicts.

Fortunately, there’s another similarity: Effective treatments are available for overcoming both types of “–aholisms.” Here’s what research shows about how to recognize and conquer a dual addiction to alcohol and work.

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Process Addictions: When a Substance Isn’t the Problem

By Edie Weinstein, LSW
@EdieWeinstein1

Workaholism and perfectionism are considered process addictions. Although it might be difficult to imagine, they are every bit as insidious and at times intractable as substance addictions and can also carry dire consequences. Although they’re both legal and in most cases socially acceptable, the dynamics can be a doorway to drug and alcohol abuse. Just like substances, each of them stimulates the reward system in the brain, leading the person to engage in activities that seem beyond their control.

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Compulsive Gambling Devastating to Health

In many ways, gambling addiction is one of the least understood forms of psychological dependency. While most people do realize that gambling to excess is likely to cause severe financial problems, very few understand the deep and profoundly consequences that compulsive gambling can have on the physical and mental health of those whose obsession with wagering and games of chance has steamrollered out of control.

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Problem Gambling: Separating Fact From Fallacy

Addictions of all types have a secret aspect about them that can make it hard to separate the myth from the reality. Gambling addiction is no different; people have ideas about problem gambling that do not coincide with the facts, and as long as these misconceptions are floating around out there, the people who are closest to problem gamblers may not know how best to help their loved ones conquer their compulsions.

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Cell Phone Addiction Similar to Compulsive Shopping and Other Behavioral Addictions

Behavioral addictions may not receive the same respect that substance abuse does, but they are still cause for concern. Addiction to substances, such as alcohol and drugs, is a recognized mental disorder and physiological disease. Using mind-altering substances inappropriately can lead to addiction because they change aspects of the user’s brain, which leads to tolerance, withdrawal, and the cycle of using again and again to get a high and to stop the bad feelings associated with not using.

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