Sunday, 1 January 2017


quote [ What causes addiction? Easy, right? Drugs cause addiction. But maybe it is not that simple. This video is adapted from Johann Hari's New York Times best-sell... ]

I liked it. Talks about addiction from a viewpoint that I don't think I've heard before.

Plus I get a boner for things which try to explain small-picture and big-picture at the same time, but in an understandable way. Might be just me, though.
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[by Spyike@10:38pmGMT]


rylex said[1] @ 12:04am GMT on 2nd Jan
addiction is caused by distress in relationships. inability to trust others in how they make you feel emotionally, leads to people finding something they can trust to make them feel good/secure.
damnit said @ 12:42am GMT on 2nd Jan
SnappyNipples said @ 1:39am GMT on 2nd Jan
Lays potato chips.
cb361 said @ 1:45am GMT on 2nd Jan
But he knows a lot about Sean Connery.
mookboy said @ 3:27am GMT on 2nd Jan
That's hardly a substitute.
mookboy said[1] @ 5:11am GMT on 2nd Jan
Choose Fap. Choose jerking off at all times of night. Choose double ply tissue and single socks scattered throughout your room. Choose beating your meat in the restroom at work- hoping no one finds you out but kind of hoping they do. Choose wanking it in a room filled with fine pornographies. Choose playing the flesh flute under the covers. Choose spanking the monkey upstairs while your kids are playing basketball. Choose slapping the salami while reading sexy loser comics that clay isn't into anymore.

Choose Fap.
conception said @ 5:51am GMT on 2nd Jan

Radiolab did a pretty neat piece on addition and treating it like a real disease.
cb361 said @ 11:59am GMT on 2nd Jan
Civilization 2.

Never again.
eidolon said @ 1:16pm GMT on 3rd Jan
I'm not sure I buy this. I think the rates of addiction are very low in a good environment, but I have seen people with good families, good jobs, and plenty of friends fall into addiction and slowly destroy everything around them. You could say that they have undiagnosed mental illness and this is causing them to become addicts and self-destruct, but that still means that environment and human contact are hardly the only factors in who becomes an addict. You could put everyone in rat heaven, and some of us would still be destructive.
Spyike said @ 1:34pm GMT on 3rd Jan
Yeah, I'll be honest, I read some of the Youtube comments after posting it and someone there makes a good point too. Apparently (I didn't research to back it up), the Rat Park experiment was retried but didn't get the same results.
So I'm taking it with a pinch of salt, but maybe the book makes it clearer. I think it's generally understood that a lack of "connection" makes it more likely to pick up something that hides the pain (and if the pain is still there it's unlikely that behaviour will stop forever), but the biochemical basis of addiction is another thing, and some people are more susceptible to it than others.
7 said @ 1:43pm GMT on 3rd Jan
It's over-simplified for popularity. 10 million views. People gobble up these videos that take a complicated problem and make the solution sound simple. If the creators got into the nuances of the problem, people would not watch/share. I think the basic message here is good and well-intentioned, even if not totally true.

I think a lot of addicts actually get started in rat heaven. When they get kicked out, their addiction 'helps' them cope with their new environment.

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