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Offline aaronburner

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Just one more...
« on: August 19, 2015, 09:47:07 pm »
Hi all, I'm brand new here and pretty new to buddhism, although I've practiced much of it already without even realizing it had a name. I'm halfway through reading "Buddhism Plain and Simple" and loving it!

Something on my mind today is every day addictions. I was just watching a TED talk about dopamine and the other mechanisms that create addictions... it's not quite a reward system but rather it's about the anticipation of a reward. Addicts are often miserable and feel like they'll be satisfied if only they get one more hit. Rats given a lever which stimulates the same centres in their brain will indulge themselves until they die of starvation, ignoring food and anything else. Humans given the same button have been asked whether they feel happy and the response is "Not yet, but I'm realllly close".

Through mindfulness I'm noticing this everywhere today. If I can't put down a book it's a constant series of "just one more page". video games? Just one more level. Food? Just one more chocolate. Sex? Just one more girl (sex addiction has been my biggest struggle to overcome). If this isn't dukkha, I don't know what is.

There is a girl texting me as I type this, asking to come over. I'm saying no... I thought it would be harder to say no, but I feel relief.

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Re: Just one more...
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2015, 08:38:39 am »
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aaronburner:  "If I can't put down a book it's a constant series of "just one more page". video games? Just one more level. Food? Just one more chocolate. Sex? Just one more girl (sex addiction has been my biggest struggle to overcome). If this isn't dukkha, I don't know what is."

Great insights, aaron.   :hug:  Dr. B.F. Skinner, Father of Behavior Modification theory would be very proud of you, as would Pavlov.

My favorite conditioner is that used by casinos, such as those found in Las Vegas, Reno, Nevada and Atlantic City, New Jersey.  It is called the random reinforcement contingency applied to slot machines, roulette tables, and other games of chance.  You know that you are a gambling addict when you can't leave the gambling tables until you are a bonafide loser!  It's a pretty sad process to watch.
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« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2015, 10:07:31 am »
Hi Aaron and welcome to FreeSangha.

Addicts are often miserable and feel like they'll be satisfied if only they get one more hit. Rats given a lever which stimulates the same centres in their brain will indulge themselves until they die of starvation, ignoring food and anything else.

Also keep in mind that it's quite common to replace one addiction with another addiction, so be on your guard when it comes to such things, be attentive, ect.

 


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