ADAM ALTER ~ IRRESISTIBLE ~ 2017

~ NGHOYOS ~ Never Get High On Your Own Supply

~ TIABLBAATROU-WAOPORAFDOOA ~ There Isn’t A Bright Line Between Addicts And The Rest Of Us – We’re All One Product Or Experience Away From Developing Our Own Addictions

~ TOT-WMOU-TLWTW-AWOD ~ Thousands Of Tests – With Millions Of Users – To Learn Which Tweaks Work – And Which Ones Don’t

~ IMR-SAABA-AVS-TATSBR-A-TFBSOTSBHN:SE/SS/MS/ASOE ~ In Many Respects – Substance Addictions And Behavioral Addictions – Are Very Similar – They Activate The Same Brain Regions – And – They’re Fueled By Some Of The Same Basic Human Needs: Social Engagement / Social Support / Mental Stimulation / A Sense Of Effectiveness

~ BA-COSI:CGTAJBR/IAUPF/ASOIPAI/TTBSMDOT/UTTDR/SSC ~ Behavioral Addiction – Consists Of Six Ingredients: Compelling Goals That Are Just Beyond Reach / Irresistible And Unpredictable Positive Feedback / A Sense Of Incremental Progress And Improvement / Tasks That Become Slowly More Difficult Over Time / Unresolved Tensions That Demand Resolution / Strong Social Connections

~ T-AOBA-ISY-BESPTAC ~ The – Age Of Behavioral Addiction – Is Still Young – But Early Signs Point To A Crisis

~ A-ADBTCOOEP-FWAP-T-BHASI ~ Addictions – Are Damaging Because They Crowd Out Other Essential Pursuits – From Work And Play – To – Basic Hygiene And Social Interaction

~ DTATHU-A-HTOTHU ~ Defeat The Addictions That Hurt Us – And – Harness The Ones That Help Us

~ PADBTME-EWTAIAU-TDBTRUOTWBTIC ~ Phones Are Disruptive By Their Mere Existence – Even When They Aren’t In Active Use – They’re Distracting Because They Remind Us Of The World Beyond The Immediate Conversation

~ MIAADSA ~ Many Internet Addicts Also Develop Sex Addictions

~ ABI-A-OITRIB-N-AEOB-DC ~ A Behavior Is – Addictive – Only If The Rewards It Brings – Now – Are Eventually Outweighed By – Damaging Consequences

~ FD-EHATDA-WPTTC-SWI-P-UTRC-WCABA ~ For Decades – Experts Had Assumed That Drug Addicts – Were Predisposed To The Condition – Somehow Wired Incorrectly – Perhaps – Under The Right Circumstances – We Could All Become Addicts

~ R#34-WAABN-JAURTHTBITWPATWT-SRAARWHDWAPDSTHPC ~ Rat No. 34 – Wasn’t An Addict By Nature – Just An Unfortunate Rat That Happened To Be In The Wrong Place At The Wrong Time – Simply Responding As Any Rat Would Have Done When A Probe Delivered Shocks To His Pleasure Center

~ AEIIM ~ Addiction Embeds Itself In Memory

~ AIAMOET-ETSOOR-APTWWTFTITWS-A-ETMDA-I-RWRWTRTPAPTRTOTD ~ Addiction Is A Matter Of Environment Too – Even The Sturdiest Of Our Ranks – Are Prone To Weakness When They Find Themselves In The Wrong Setting – And – Even The Most Determined Addicts-In-Recovery Will Relapse When They Revisit The People And Places That Remind Them Of The Drug

~ CSD-IRITWO-S-E-R-AOL-ED-SDIBAP-TCOPO ~ Chronic Sleep Deprivation – Is Rising In The Wake Of – Smartphones – E-Readers – And Other Light-Emitting Devices – Sleep Deprivation Is Behavioural Addiction’s Partner – The Consequence Of Persistent Overengagement

~ FM-BL-EODTD-CAWFP-R-YL-W-BL-HTBOYE-T-PG-SP-M-A-YBPFTD ~ For Millennia – Blue Light – Existed Only During The Daytime – Candles And Wood Fires Produced – Reddish-Yellow Light – When – Blue Light –– Hits The Back Of Your Eyes – The – Pineal Gland – Stops Producing – Melatonin – And – Your Body Prepares For The Day

~ ABPTSBRTFDA-SRDITBRACC-D-WAITPTTB-TITPAIFOP ~ Addictive Behaviors Produce The Same Brain Responses That Follow Drug Abuse – Several Regions Deep Inside The Brain Release A Chemical Called – Dopamine – Which Attaches Itself To Preceptors Throughout The Brain – That In Turn Produce An Intense Flush Of Pleasure

~ TSOBIIAUWLTUIAASFOPT ~ The Substance Or Behavior Itself Isn’t Addictive Until We Learn To Use It As A Salve For Our Psychological Troubles

~ IIETPSWADOAB-TPAHTLTTEIAVTFWATP ~ It Isn’t Enough To Ply Someone With A Drug Or A Behavior – That Person Also Has To Learn That The Experience Is A Viable Treatment For Whatever Ails Them Psychologically

~ THRPFAIEA-VFPDALILITHBAIA ~ The Highest Risk Period For Addiction Is Early Adulthood – Very Few People Develop Addictions Later In Life If They Haven’t Been Addicted In Adolescence

~ EAYCTHADFRYL-YBCTWTD-IRTTDSAPNITP-ASTCR-TSITO-B ~ Even After You Come To Hate A Drug For Ruining Your Life – Your Brain Continues To Want The Drug – It Remembers That The Drug Soothed A Psychological Need In The Past – And So The Craving Remains – The Same Is True Of – Behaviors

~ TIHEPTGTBKE-AWTDHMGTEAA-NPTRTO ~ The Internet Has Exposed People To Goals They Barely Knew Existed – And Wearable Tech Devices Have Made Goal Tracking Effortless And Automatic – Numbers Pave The Road To Obsession

~ ICT-G-S-BASSOL-GH-TGTAFL-DBD-RTEPOSGEGWIFHTGT ~ In Contrast To – Goals – Systems – Bring A Steadier Stream Of Low-Grade Highs – They’re Guides To A Fulfilling Life – Day By Day – Rather Than Enticing Pictures Of Some Grand End Goal Without Instructions For How To Get There

~ IM-PG-SMIS-BITYHTSOLTAE ~ In Moderation – Personal Goal-Setting Makes Intuitive Sense – Because It Tells You How To Spend Our Limited Time And Energy

~ B-BTBP ~ Buttons – Beg To Be Pushed

~ AIFAPF:LIOM ~ An Important Fact About Positive Feedback: Less Is Often More

~ LDAW-PDCTA-L-TCTA-W-LFABDJTS-WTSRA-TW-O-ALDAAW ~ Losses Disguised As Wins – Players Don’t Classify Them As – Losses – They Classify Them As – Wins – Lights Flash And Bells Ding Just The Same – Whether The Spin Represents A – True Win – Or – A Loss Disguised As A Win

~ IOBCUTWW-EWWAL-HAWSTMTS-CTSP? ~ If Our Brains Convince Us That We’re Winning – Even When Were Actually Losing – How Are We Supposed To Muster The Self-Control To Stop Playing?

~ TSOSMIMB-‘TOD’ ~ The Success Of Slot Machines Is Measured By – “Time On Device”

~ J-RTTLO-SF-TSATGR-IIETTG-B-IETTGS-WJ-TSGLIC ~ Juice – Refers To The Layer Of – Surface Feedback – That Sits Above The Game’s Rules – It Isn’t Essential To The Game – But – It’s Essential To The Game’s Success – Without Juice – The Same Game Loses Its Charm

~ MIAAHOG ~ Most Internet Addicts Are Hooked On Games

~ TTITWWKHCWRTTOFSYS ~ The Truth Is That We Won’t Know How Children Will Respond To The Overuse For Some Years Still

~ TIGEETSTITSDOMHAGRU ~ There Is Good Early Evidence To Support The Idea That Small Doses Of Mental Hardship Are Good For Us

~ P-SETC-TCWTSI-TSW-TTEO-TRW-AEIBTPV-STSAFOTC-RTTTI ~ Parents – Should Encourage Their Children – To Connect What They See In – The Screen World – To Their Experience Of – The Real World – Active Engagement Is Better Than Passive Viewing – Screen Time Should Always Focus On The Content – Rather Than The Technology Itself

~ BANHID-AHDBRFWOEM-TIAMN ~ Building A New Habit Is Difficult – A Habit Doesn’t Become Routine For Weeks Or Even Months – There Isn’t A Magic Number

~ TG-ITLR-ITBFOBHA-NTROBHWA ~ The Goal – In The Long Run – Is To Be Free Of Bad Habits Altogether – Not To Replace One Bad Habit With Another

~ TMPITTP-ITRYE-STAACTAAP-WNWHABIOYMLTWIFA ~ The Missing Piece In The Treatment Puzzle – Is To Redesign Your Environment – So Temptations Are As Close To Absent As Possible – Whatever’s Nearby Will Have A Bigger Impact On Your Mental Life Than Whatever Is Farther Away

~ SYWT-A-YBT ~ Surround Yourself With Temptation – And – You’ll Be Tempted

~ C-RAP-TAASEYCAIAVEWOFTRH ~ Choosing – Rewards And Punishments – That Also Affect Someone Else You Care About Is A Very Effective Way Of Forming The Right Habits

~ PAMLTDTTT-ITRTHTBF ~ People Are More Likely To Do The Right Thing – If The Right Thing Happens To Be Fun

ADAM ALTER ~ DRUNK TANK PINK ~ 2013

~ DTP-‘N-DA’ ~ Drunk Tank Pink – “Non-Drug Anesthetic”

~ EOU-IAOPO-TWWU-TWBU-A-TWAU-ATHCTHOE-T-F-A-B ~ Each Of Us – Is An Ongoing Product Of – The World Within Us – The World Between Us – And – The World Around Us – And Their Hidden Capacity To Shape Our Every – Thought – Feeling – And – Behavior

~ ND- ‘N-DO’-RHSTONTRDWOMW-BUMTTCTE-ENIAWDB-PTTLWBTT ~ Nominative Determinism – “Name-Driven Outcome” – Researchers Have Shown That Our Names Take Root Deep Within Our Mental Worlds – Drawing Us Magnetically Toward The Concepts They Embody – Every Name Is Associated With Demographic Baggage – People Tend To Like What Belongs To Them

~ EADLHTPTTTBPIMSOTPS ~ Even Arbitrary Damaging Labels Have The Power To Turn The Brightest People Into Meek Shadows Of Their Potential Selves

~ L-DJRA-TCO ~ Labels – Don’t Just Resolve Ambiguity – They Change Outcomes

~ FFMFA-P-L-CTITPOT ~ Far From Merely Functioning As – Placeholders – Labels – Craft The Images That Populate Our Thoughts

~ LSCMTAEF ~ Labels Sometime Create Memories That Are Entirely False

~ Eyewitnesses – To A Crime Or An Accident – Are Open To Forming False Or Exaggerated Memories – Depending On How Others Label The Events

~ LAIP-SNOWWSBAETHATP ~ Labels Are Immensely Powerful – Shaping Not Only What We See But Also Events That Haven’t Actually Taken Place

~ SAMFM-SIUWOC-ILPBOBCPISAA ~ Symbols Are Magnets For Meaning – Symbols Influence Us Without Our Consent – In Large Part Because Our Brains Constantly Process Images Subconsciously And Automatically

~ MEPTASTIC-FLTATOAS-CCTTTMC-EWTHNITTSTS ~ Merely Exposing People To A Symbol That Implies Creativity – For Less Than A Tenth Of A Second – Can Cause Them To Think More Creatively – Even When They Have No Idea That They’ve Seen The Symbol

~ MISAPS-AMTSMCE-TOBRATPTIMBM ~ Money Is Such A Powerful Symbol – A Means To So Many Coveted Ends – That Our Brains Revolt Against The Prospect That It Might Be Misused

~ MCBLC-WPAO-TMWASTDC ~ More Competitors Breed Less Competition – When People Are Overwhelmed – Their Motivation Wanes And Sometimes They Disengage Completely

~ OOTMPBPI-TTFACOP-TIAE-T-AII-TWAWU-PITIOOAASTTNEAA ~ One Of The Most Puzzling Behavioral Patterns Is – The Tendency For A Crowd Of People – To Ignore An Emergency – That – As Isolated Individuals – They Would Address With Urgency – People Interpret The Inaction Of Others As A Sign That There’s No Emergency At All

~ WAAGS-COGAOKAS-BWAAFSPTAOPAD ~ We’re A Generous Species – Capable Of Great Acts Of Kindness And Sensitivity – But We’re Also A Fearful Species Prone To Acts Of Prejudice And Discrimination

~ SP-HREOHPT-EWTUTITCOTI-TIRQJBTLOCA-STS-T/B/F ~ Subliminal Priming – Has Remarkable Effects On How People Think – Even When They’re Unable To Identify The Content Of The Images – Those Images Rest Quietly Just Below The Level Of Conscious Awareness – Shaping Their Subsequent – Thoughts – Behaviors / Feelings

~ PAIMHWTFTSATOMI ~ People Are Indeed More Honest When They’re Forced To Stare At Their Own Mirror Images

~ OE ~ Oppressive Environments

~ TDBNAULIHTCOA-WM-MLBUWS-TNCGUTCTHAMOALAWLATOTREMR ~ The Difference Between Natural And Urban Landscapes Is How They Command Our Attention – While Man-Made Landscapes Bombard Us With Stimulation – Their Natural Counterparts Give Us The Chance To Think As Much Or As Little As We’d Like And The Opportunity To Replenish Exhausted Mental Resources

~ S-Y-F-B ~ Shinrin-Yokju – Forest Bathing

~ BWT-WYWPBWBW-YMLTDTPTSY ~ Broken Windows Theory – When You’re Walking Past Buildings With Broken Windows – You’re More Likely To Disrespect The Property That Surrounds You

~ F-AU-E-AW-AP-WWA-WWIWOP-A-WWMDTRFTTTTL-C-OWKTTE-WBPT-COTWTH-A-RTWTH ~ Forces – Affect Us – Everyday – At Work – At Play – When We’re Alone – When We’re Interacting With Other People – And – When We’re Making Decisions That Range From The Trivial To The Life-Changing – Once We Know That They Exist – We’re Better Placed To – Capitalize On Them When They Help – And – Resist Them When They Hurt