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The Addictive Personality: Understanding the Addictive Process and Compulsive Behavior Paperback – September 18, 1996
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For nearly a decade, The Addictive Personality has helped people understand the process of addiction. Now, through this second edition, author Craig Nakken brings new depth and dimension to our understanding of how an individual becomes an addict. Going beyond the definition that limits dependency to the realm of alcohol and other drugs, Nakken uncovers the common denominator of all addiction and describes how the process is progressive.
Through research and practical experience, Nakken sheds new light on:
Genetic factors tied to addiction
Cultural influences on addictive behaviors
The progressive nature of the disease
Steps to a successful recovery
The author examines how addictions start, how society pushes people toward addiction, and what happens inside those who become addicted. This new edition will help anyone seeking a better understanding of the addictive process and its impact on our lives.
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Top Customer Reviews
The real beauty of "addictive reasoning" is that it's broad enough to cover a lot of other types of behaviors that can loosely be called addictions, even if they aren't addictions in the strictest, most physical sense of the word. It can be applied to shopaholics, binge eaters, people who get addicted to certain types of lovers or with being in love in general, and others. A narcissist, for example, can be seen as someone who is addicted to validation and superficial forms of approval. By considering a narcissist as a validation addict and then applying Nakken's book on addictive thinking to such people, it can shed a lot of light on why they act the way they do and what types of people put up with them. This is all to say that the uses of this book extend beyond alcohol, drugs or whatever else typically first comes to mind when people hear the word "addict."
I would highly recommend supplementing this book with readings from Alfred Adler (especially his writing on social interest), Karen Horney, Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth and buddhist literature in general, as I found a lot of overlap with those books and the concepts Nakken describes.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The author is good - I like his book Moral Compass so much better than this book though. This books is more theory whereas the Moral Compass is more practical.Published 1 day ago by Raymond Palmer
Much needed in recovery. Awesome take on the addictive personality. Much to think about. I recommend it. Quick read and straight to the point.Published 17 days ago by Kindle Customer
Truly an insightful book into the addicted human. I wish i had found it two years ago. It would have saved me dispair on trying to cope with my family member's disturbed mind and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Paul
Such a great book for anyone to read. All family members of loved ones facing addictions of any kind should read this book.Published 6 months ago by katiett
this book is amazing, I wish I could underline every sentencePublished 7 months ago by diana richey