3 Signs Of Addictive Personalities and How to Overcome It
Sure, it’s not always easy to recognize the difference between innocent fun and a looming addiction. By understanding how it can develop as well as the signs you should keep your eyes open for; it may become a bit easier to spot the problems in yourself or a friend before it develops to become something bigger.
#1 Difficulties controlling impulsive behavior
Being impulsive is almost considered a good thing these days and seems almost synonymous with a fun-loving and exciting person. Some people with an addictive personality may appear quite fun and constantly on the lookout for the next big thing - and they can have difficulties controlling themselves when the fun appears.
If you recognize this behavior in yourself or a friend, try to find ways to slow down and take a breath when the rush hits. Look at the situation from a distance and try to not live as much in the moment, so to speak, rather than seeing it from a rational outsider's’ perspective.
It will take a lot of work, of course, and it’s not to say that calming down and taking a breath will solve your problems - but it’s a huge step in the right direction. Get in touch with A Better Today Recovery Services as well so that you or your friend have someone to talk to who is trustworthy and experienced with addictive personalities.
#2 Difficulties committing to goals and values
The next problem is, of course, that even though we may recognize the problem and even admit it, an addictive personality will also struggle with committing to their goals. When the goal is to work on our addictions but our personalities are working against us, it becomes very hard to do this on your own.
When you notice a goal of yours has suddenly changed, try the same approach as in the step above; look at it from a different perspective, take some time to think about it, and ask yourself if this is really what you want to do. Sometimes, you may actually have changed your goal and want something else - but you need to think it through before you jump ships.
#3 Low self-esteem, anxiety, and loneliness
All of this may come with a fair share of mental health concerns such as low self-esteem, anxiety, and even social isolation. Needless to say, it doesn’t make the problem any better, but there is, luckily, a lot you can do to recover once you’ve recognized the problems - and things will only go up from here.
After admitting the problem, you will be able to establish a more positive self-image and even a more trusting relationship with yourself so that the healing process can take place.