The Online Disinhibition Effect

What causes online disinhibition? What is it about cyberspace that loosens the psychological barriers that block the release of  inner feelings and needs? You Don't Know Me (dissociative anonymity): anonymity works wonders for the disinhibition effect. When people have the opportunity to separate their actions from their real world and identity, they feel less vulnerable … Continue reading The Online Disinhibition Effect

On-line gaming in teenagers

According to an article by Kimberly Young, Psy.D., Executive Director The Center for Internet Addiction Recovery titled "Understanding Online Gaming Addiction and Treatment Issues for Adolescents”Massive Muti-user Online Role-Playing Games or MMORPGs as they are often called are one of the fastest growing forms of Internet addiction, especially among children and teenagers. Like an addiction … Continue reading On-line gaming in teenagers

NIMH · Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Since I believe that addictive behaviors have a obsessive-compulsive nature I thought this info would be useful. This was taken from the National Institute of Mental Health publication on Anxiety Disorders @ NIMH · Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. “I couldn’t do anything without rituals. They invaded every aspect of my life. Counting really bogged me down. … Continue reading NIMH · Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

It’s A Matter Of Love And Death

For someone who is addicted to alcohol or drugs, that pill or joint or line of cocaine, that glass of wine, beer is the object of one’s desire. When you’re addicted you LOVE that glass of wine, that glass of wine is your best friend, you miss it when it’s not there, you panic when … Continue reading It’s A Matter Of Love And Death

Why You Are Conflicted About Change

Ambivalence: should I stay or should I go, having “cold feet”, sitting on a fence, having a love and hate relationship with someone, wanting to change but also wanting to stay the same. This is also known as Approach-Avoidance: conflicts occur when one goal contains both positive and negative characteristics. That is, an individual fears … Continue reading Why You Are Conflicted About Change