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Addictive Personality - December 16th 2014, 04:10 AM

So I thought about addictive personalities. I thought, hmm everyone says I have one. So lets see what its says and lets take a test and see if I have it.

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An addictive personality refers to a particular set of personality traits that make an individual predisposed to addictions. Addictive behaviors are defined by the "excessive, repetitive use of pleasurable activities to cope with unmanageable internal conflict, pressure, and stress." This hypothesis states that there are common elements among people with varying addictions that relates to personality traits. People who are substance dependent are characterized by: a physical or psychological dependency that negatively affects their quality of life. They are frequently connected with substance abuse; however, people with addictive personalities are also highly at risk of becoming addicted to gambling, food, pornography, exercise, work, and codependency.Scientists have been better able to understand addictive personalities as researchers delve further into understanding the chemistry of addiction. Alan R. Lang of Florida State University, author of an addiction study prepared for the United States National Academy of Sciences, said, "If we can better identify the personality factors, they can help us devise better treatment and can open up new strategies to intervene and break the patterns of addiction."


Here is my test;

http://www.lapage.com/cgi-bin/phelps.pl

And here is my score;

Your score: 339

Part I: Diet 79
Part II: Family History 52
Part III: Depression 57
Part IV: Alcohol Use 47
Part V: Drug Use 104

Interpreting Your Test

A relatively low score indicates that the individual has comparatively few risk factors suggesting that he or she may be at risk. A high score suggests a large number of such clues or risk factors; a middle-range score suggests a moderate likelihood that you are at risk. This means that the test will separate people into three large groups. Early experience with the test suggests that if you score under 50 on this test it is very unlikely that you are addictive. If you score between 50 and 100, you should definitely be on guard as you may be a person who has present or potential problems with addiction and you certainly are at risk. If you score above 100, it is extremely likely that you are an addictive person and probably already have one or more active addictions whittling away at your vitality and reducing the quality of your life. It is important to evaluate the partial scores as well as the total score.

It's conceivable that a score lower than 50 could be misleading and the person could actually have a problem already. For example, if the person eats little sugar and is unaware of depression, but has a heavy family history score and uses no alcohol or drugs, his/her total score could be below 50. He/she could be addictive and understand the potential risk of becoming addicted to sugar, alcohol or drugs in the future because of the heavy influence of family history. If the depression score is 12 or higher, regardless of the total score, the person should be evaluated for depression by a trained health professional.

If the depression score is high, addictiveness is a risk even without any known family history. Low scores may be obtained by persons with alcohol or drug problems if (1) those taking the test do not have adequate information about their family history, (2) depression is masked by regular alcohol and/or drug use, and/or (3) sugar intake is low because of alcohol consumption. In these cases low scores may result despite addictive use of alcohol and/or other drugs.
















   
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Re: Addictive Personality - December 24th 2014, 06:03 PM

Hey Kristina, sorry you never got a reply! Tests like these should always be taken with a grain of salt. If you haven't noticed your potential addictive personality affecting your quality of life in a negative way, then don't worry about this too much. I recommend asking those who say you have an addictive personality why they think that.
Even if you do have an addictive personality, that doesn't mean you can't have a normal life. It just means you have to be more cautious about what you consume, what you choose to do, etc. I took a look at the test and some of the questions were asking you how often some of these things distract you during your day. I think it would be a good idea to pay close attention to yourself and if you notice anything distracting you (such as a food craving), then make note of it and try and find ways to combat that. For me, sometimes when I get a sweet tooth I'll eat some marshmallow because it's very filling and doesn't have too many calories. You do have to be careful because they do contain a lot of sugar, though.
If all else, you can seek out a counselor who can go through this with you and help you figure out what types of things you may be addicted to and how you can fix it.


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