When you read the title (and saw the image), you were probably thinking that I would write about alcohol, tobacco and drugs. No. There are bigger addictions in life that go unnoticed and perhaps even glamorized. I am going to write about them, in this article.
What is the definition of the word ‘addiction’?
According to Wikipedia, classic hallmarks of addiction are:
- Impaired control over substance/behavior
- High preoccupation over substance/behavior
- Continued use despite consequences
- Denial (don’t want to agree that one is addicted to something)
Also, “The habits and patterns associated with addiction are typically characterized by immediate gratification (short-term reward), coupled with long-term costs”
“The body continually adapts to the substance and requires increasingly larger amounts to achieve original effects”
“Symptoms of withdrawal include anxiety, irritability and intense craving for the substance”
Dictionary.com defines addiction as, “The state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma”
Having read the definition of addiction, let us now see the Top 3 addictions of life.
Have you met anyone who is satisfied with the amount of money they have? Don’t they always want to make more? People celebrate when they get a bonus/raise/jackpot prize but that celebration is very soon replaced by the craving to get even more. Of course, money includes everything that money can buy, including gadgets and fashion accessories.
To understand how addictive fame can be, go ask a heroine who is long beyond her hey-days of youth. Or ask a sports star who refuses to retire. For everyone else, its authority. When people experience a state of high-authority/power, can they ever tolerate being the underdogs (withdrawn from their seat of power) again?
3. Pleasures of life:
Well, I know this is a generic title but it can include any kind of pleasure, including having sex. If you disagree, re-read the above definition for addiction and then see if it partially satisfies those conditions. I feel it does. Alcohol, tobacco and drugs can also come under this category.
Of course, I am not an expert in analyzing the top addictions of life and I certainly don’t have a doctorate degree in that subject. So, don’t take everything seriously – In fact, I once even proposed that water is addictive 😛 . These are my opinions and you may have a different opinion on the same.
But if you think that any of the above doesn’t have even a 1% possibility of being an addiction, you are in that advanced state of ‘denial’. Watch out! But if you feel that they have a 1% possibility but not anything more, then its fine 🙂
PS: If you have noticed, I have nowhere mentioned if these addictions are right/wrong. So, don’t assume any implied meanings.