Is there no right way to characterize an addictive personality
Some researches consider concept of addictive personality controversial, since there are no traits that is used to predict addiction. Some researchers say that addictive-personality is created from the illness of addiction. It is a change resulting from the addictive process that take place within a person. The signs of change, such as depression, irritability, and paranoia, emerge from addictive process in the same way that long-term illness can change a somebody’s personality.
Other argue that they are some personality traits that make some people to have higher chances of developing addiction as compare to others. For instance, people who are likely to try new things and take risk may experience with habit forming or experiment with habit-forming substances or actions. Other personality factors such as low self-esteem and insecurity also play a role in addiction. If you have less self-confidence, you can succumb to peer pressure. A person’s addition still has a great impact on the lives of other people around him or her.
Where does addictive personality emerges?
Addiction would start to create pain, the very thing the person is trying to avoid. In creating pain, the process also create a need for the continuation of addictive relationship. The addict seek refuge from pain of addiction by moving further into the addictive process. The addict seeks happiness and serenity in the high or trance, but since the addict has started to withdraw from himself or herself and others, the addict cannot see that the pain he or she feels is created by acting out.
Long before episodes of being out of control behaviorally appear, the person has fought and lost many battles on the emotional level, where the addictive personality develop and slowly take controlled by addictive process.
Addict act like kids- if they feel good, they do it. They explore; they follow emotional impulses that comes from the very core of their beings instead of logic. At this stage the person may feel uneasy, restless, and guilty. These are internal warning and signal. Addition is also a process of denial-denial of reality and more so denial for on self. This denial must be done for addiction process to progress.
How addictive-personality gain control:
Much of an addict’s mental obsession start as a results of dinning recognition of loss of control, which occur emotionally. Avoiding situation’s reality and betraying one’s humanity allow the creation of more pain, which eventually create the need to explain to oneself what is happening. This will evolve into obsessive thoughts or preoccupation and rationalizations. The obsessive thoughts begin to occur more often and consist of constant questioning.
Now, this is how the gradual loss of self-occur in addiction, and how the addict slowly gains more and more control. The decrease in self-causes an increase in addictive personality.
In addiction, self and addict is conflicting internally. In this struggle, the addict will wins variably. which meant by loos of control; the better control the addictive personality.