Do You Have an Addictive Personality?/Dorothy Hayden, LCSW


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Who is the addict?  What aspects of psychological makeup contribute to sex addiction and porn addiction?  Are there common threads that weave through all addictions?
Alan R. Lang, a psychology professor at Florida State University, has recently published the results of a study that brings together much of the existing knowledge on the personality’s role in addiction.  The study highlights common elements from all of the addictions:
  • Impulsive behavior, difficulty in delaying gratification and a predisposition toward sensation seeking;
  • A sense of social alienation and a general tolerance for deviance;
  • A sense of heightened stress;
  • Compulsive attraction to excessive, repetitive use of pleasurable activities to copy with unmanageable internal distress, pressure and stress.  While such activity may begin pleasurably, the process of increasing activity to achieve the same effect eventually results in injury to major aspects of the person’s life.
  • The addicted person denies that his activity is detrimental to him.  If forced to stop, he finds he suffers physical or psychological withdrawal pains and feels compelled to resume his excessive pattern.  Compulsiveness is key.
  • Tendencies to depression, dependent behavior and difficulty formulating long-term personal goals because of a concentration on short-term gratification;
  • The potentially addictive child may have been physically or emotionally abused by one or both parents.  The child has often been lied to, shamed, criticized or humiliated by parents who act in highly consistent ways, leaving the child in a helpless rage;
  • A lack of self esteem — feelings of  low self-worth.
Keep in mind that personality traits are only one element in the complex mixture of what drives sex addiction.  Addictions are a product of the subtle interplay between social and psychological factors, as well as biological components.  Recent research has focused in on understanding the chemistry of addiction.  Chemicals and neurological pathways in which the brain gives itself pleasure have been isolated and identified as major factors in addiction.
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