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ADDICTIONS


ADDICTION TO AFFECTION

When an affectionate relationship becomes tense, or worse still, becomes a painful obsession and the necessary balance of giving and taking changes, love can turn into a habit that makes you suffer and can even become an actual ‘love addiction’, a psychological disorder that can live, hidden in the shadows for an entire lifetime, being the root of pain and often feeding other serious psychological, physical and relationship problems.

ADDICTION TO GROUPS

Due to human sociality, we can become ‘addicted to groups’ as a result of a gradual and deceptively silent ‘ingestion’ of an individual, who is needy and not aware, by a group who ends up recruiting and enslaving the person for their own needs.

ADDICTION TO RELIGION

According to Reverend Leo Booth, many people are addicted to religion or have suffered from religious abuse from their family or churches, when God became a type of drug. Booth, who is an Episcopal priest from south California, although he was born in England, calls himself an addict of the religion and recovering priests. Addiction can develop in any church, he says, however, it is more obvious in those who promote fundamentalist beliefs..

La dipendenza dal lavoro

ADDICTION TO WORK

The historic change regarding how we think about work has, today, transformed work (especially in the Western world) into an essential instrument for integrating oneself and being appreciated on a social level, as well as a way to become financially independent. This has meant that ‘addiction to work’ is discussed more and more however, an idea which once represented a privileged man but which nowadays, perhaps because of the ever increasing importance work has in society and the rights women now how, also concerns females.

ADDICTION TO SPORT

Sport is known and promoted as a natural way to stay healthy, in terms of both the prevention and intervention of physical, psychological and social problems, but it can also become a obsession that is harmful to our health, as is shown by many examples of what is called, although sometimes incorrectly, addiction to sport..


ADDICTION TO GAMBLING

Pathological gambling was one of the first non-drug addictions to be studied and quickly attracted the interests of psychologists and psychiatrists, as well as means of mass communication, writers and directors, to the point where it is often talked about with regards to the serious health effects it has, especially regarding the mental imbalance that this addiction can cause. With gambling addictions, the true sense of the game, through which you can create and explore yourself - experiencing freedom, creativity, learning of rules and roles and suspending real consequences - is completely reversed to transform the so called "oasis of happiness" inside a "cage of yourself”, made out of bondage, obsession and repetition.

ADDICTION TO THE INTERNET

Social communication is, today, sustained by modern instruments that allow us to overcome barriers and constraints of time and space and, amongst the new methods of communication, the internet is definitely on of the methods that offers the most opportunities. However, like all methods of communication, even the internet is not free from bad uses and abuses that, in recent years, have caused us to observe a modern form of addiction in the field of mental health , called internet addiction, net-mania or even Internet Addiction Disorder (I.A.D.).

OBSESSION WITH VIDEOGAMES: VIDEOGAME MANIA AND VIDEOGAME ADDICTION

Today, and increasingly more often, gaming consists of a video game that can respond to everyone’s need to play, including adults. By doing this and responding to a healthy and natural passion, modern technology has become a part of the gaming world, but not always as an educational or social need as, sometimes, it can even become an instrument that is abused, or a source of negative, and in extreme cases pathological, social role models.

La teledipendenza: dalle origini agli effetti

ADDICTION TO THE TELEVISION: FROM THE ORIGINS TO THE EFFECTS

The television as a means of mass communication has gradually transformed the daily habits of many people. Watching the television is one of the most common daily activities, but this use can often turn into abuse by those who watch it for days and no longer pay attention to what they are watching.

ADDICTION TO SOAP OPERAS OR TELEVISION SERIES

This is not a recent phenomenon but only recently has it become recognised and been the object of many studies. Addiction to soap operas or television series is different to a simple addiction to television as it deeply affects the subconscious of the victim, which can have serious consequences, especially on a relational level and it can even result in illness. Diversely from other television programmes, like situation comedies or dramas, soap operas contain elements that act on the viewers subconscious, encouraging an addiction that is not easy to give up, also because we do not often know that we are addicted and, if we are, it is often hidden (or understated) by the ‘addict’.

ADDICTION TO MOBILE PHONES

Just like the television and computers, mobile phones are technological instruments that, as numerous studies and research show, are being used more and more often and which are objects that people can become addicted to. The increase of the number and types of models, as well as the services offered by mobile phones, is assisting with the rise in cases of what has already become a ‘social illness’ in some countries and which has been called ‘mobile phone addiction’ or ‘cell phone mania’.

Psicopatologia dell'acquisto: la sindrome da shopping

SHOPPING SYNDROME

One of the characteristics of modern society is a common consumerism attitude and a tendency to encourage purchasing items, which often feeds false needs that have gradually turned the idea of possessing products into a real source of happiness, an instrument used for constructing an accepted and enjoyable social identity. Shopping has even become a technique used for releasing tension after a difficult day.


ADDICTION TO SEX

Some people, instead of approaching sexuality as a game, relationship, way of communicating, exchange of pleasure or privileged moment of intimacy, they go through it in an obsessive way, becoming addicted to it. This problem is commonly defined as sexual addiction, as well as hypersexuality. This addiction enters into the category of ‘non-drug addictions’, that is pathological behaviour which includes the use of objects or harmful activities, like those involving food, gambling, work, sex.

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