Addicted?: Recognizing Destructive Behaviors Before It's Too by Marilyn Freimuth PDF

By Marilyn Freimuth

ISBN-10: 0742569373

ISBN-13: 9780742569379

Addicted? offers alternative ways to acknowledge the early and infrequently refined symptoms of addiction—much within the similar means we learn how to discover the early indicators of melanoma. yet, not like melanoma, the place humans rush to get therapy once they realize the symptoms, an habit ordinarily is confronted with nice guilt and ambivalence. Addicted? offers questionnaires that monitor for a big selection of chemical and behavioral addictions in any respect phases of improvement, and ends with a step by step consultant for a way to organize oneself or another person to beat dependancy.

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Constantly questioning our own thinking would be impossibly tedious, and System 2 is much too slow and inefficient to serve as a substitute for System 1 in making routine decisions. The best we can do is a compromise: learn to recognize situations in which mistakes are likely and try harder to avoid significant mistakes when the stakes are high. The premise of this book is that it is easier to recognize other people’s mistakes than our own. Useful Fictions You have been invited to think of the two systems as agents within the mind, with their individual personalities, abilities, and limitations.

An important advance is that emotion now looms much larger in our understanding of intuitive judgments and choices than it did in the past. The executive’s decision would today be described as an example of the affect heuristic, where judgments and decisions are guided directly by feelings of liking and decisions are guided directly by feelings of liking and disliking, with little deliberation or reasoning. When confronted with a problem—choosing a chess move or deciding whether to invest in a stock—the machinery of intuitive thought does the best it can.

It is an illusion—a cognitive illusion—and I (System 2) was taught how to recognize it and advised not to believe it or act on it. The question that is most often asked about cognitive illusions is whether they can be overcome. The message of these examples is not encouraging. Because System 1 operates automatically and cannot be turned off at will, errors of intuitive thought are often difficult to prevent. Biases cannot always be avoided, because System 2 Biases cannot always be avoided, because System 2 may have no clue to the error.

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