The 5 Most Addictive Behavior

The British psychologist Dr. Michael Apter suggest in his Reversal Theory of addictive behavior that human experiences are organized into motivational domains which consist of a pair of opposing values, and one of each pair can be encountered at any given moment. Dr. Apter suggest we can trigger reversal between states to change the meaning attributed to any particular situation. In simple words, addiction is a status that we can change by reversing the situation or the mindset from the negative emotion status to the positive emotion status. The desire, ego, urge of reaching such a mindset situation by practicing a behavior or using a substance is an addiction.Addiction may appear with anything that stimulates the pleasure centers of the brain to secrete the endorphins. Normal behaviors can get out of control with negative emotions such as sadness and stress and may likely become addictive. The most social side order of addiction is isolation, which leads to the behavioral dependency on the addictive subject. Here are the main five addictive behavior that may change anyone life drastically:

Alcohol & Drugs

According to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an estimated 25 million Americans have a significant alcohol and drugs addiction in 2016. Alcohol is the most used drug in the world. According to the World Health Organization, more than two million people a year lose their lives due to alcohol addiction. Heavy drinkers may develop cirrhosis (Liver failure), newborns disorders for alcoholic pregnant women such as abnormal facial features and mental illness.


The American Psychiatric Association classifies gambling disorder as an addictive disorder. Studies show that gambling addictions light up the same areas of the brain as drug addictions. The gambling addiction can be very dangerous; it may escalate to serious financial problems, clearing out your assets and may lead to divorce.


The obsessive craving for sex or the hypersexual activity is an addiction, the symptoms of sex addiction including loss of control and disregard for risks and consequences are very similar to those of traditional addictions. During sexual activities, the body releases the endorphins (the pleasure hormone) which relax the body and make people feel good; such a feeling may create an obsession of demanding further experimentations with many partners, which leads to emotional and physical problems.


The binge eating disorder or food addiction is a real issue that affects about 5 percent of United States population. Symptoms include eating to ease emotions, overdoing it on food while alone, and feeling guilty after the binge. Eating is the primary people pleasures but food addiction can be destructive, fatal and may lead to obesity.


The compulsive shopping disorder is an addictive behavior that affects women more than men, and it simply starts when shopping spins out of control. People develop shopping addictions because they enjoy the endorphins and dopamine feelings while shopping, and over time, that joy become addictive. According to the World Health Organization, 20 percent of the world population is shopping addicted. Shopping addiction may lead to financial problems and crimes.