Unusual Behavioral Addictions


Behavioral addictions generally refer to non-drug related obsessions. In a sense, substance and behavioral addictions are very similar; the person never ceases to engage in the same behavior with high intensity despite the dire consequences.

Work Addiction

It describes a person’s obsession when it comes to work to the point that outside interests, social involvements, relationships and personal health are compromised. There is a thin line between work addiction and just working too much. Often times, a simple hardworking person sees their job as a fulfilling obligation and necessary but work addicts cannot afford not to work. Their minds continue to be preoccupied and wander about job-related problems/issues.

According to research, work addiction is rooted from childhood and family background. They became products of a thinking that nothing is good enough or perfection is the key to success. The problem is, perfection is unachievable, regardless of age and economic status.

Food Addiction

It is preoccupancy about anything that has something to do with food—from ingredients, preparations to meals. Eating too much despite dire consequences to one’s health or cutting back on food intake is similar to the description of drug dependence. The drive to consume food is very intense that it overpowers the motivation to observe self-control which is alike to the compulsion of what drug addicts experience in resisting the substance.

However, weight problem is not equated to food addiction, although obesity is affecting people all over the world, including Singapore where 1 out of 9 people are affected. In a nutshell, the difference lies on the intensity of cravings and power to control.

Shopping Addiction

Shopping addiction has similar characteristics to alcoholism, overeating and gambling. It is excessive, out of control and gives a sort of high or rush just like a substance addict. In most cases, persons with this addiction like to shop till they drop and feel literally better in doing so, an ordinary person would feel worse in spending too much as it has financial fire backs. Shopping addicts normally have a bunch of stuff or possessions never been used and still have price tags.

Internet Addiction

It is an obsession or overuse of internet to the point of losing time with loved ones and lack of sleep. Although internet addiction is not yet formally recognized as a disorder, therapists and rehab centers are facilitating treatment procedures to affected persons using the same approach to cure chemical-related addictions.

Thank You is a Magic Word

Giving an appreciation to a person is one way to express love. You may or may not have the intention to do it but the fact that you show your gratitude to someone is something very important. There are a lot of times that individuals disregard saying a simple “Thank You” to an individual who helped them.


It is a wrong reason to say that it is just an attitude to never state this ordinary yet touching phrase. Many individuals also utter this expression but without feelings. They do it just because they are used to saying it. It’s just a word that comes from their mouth because they have been making it for several times.


Always say “Thank You”. Whatever happens, even if it is worst, do not forget to say “Thank You.” You may become a fool by doing this. But it is also for your own good. You will be less stressed and you can concentrate more on what’s important. For instance, you plan for the evening is done and then the rain came in.

The first thing you are going to say is “What a bad weather!” Instead of saying this, thank the rain for coming in and watering all your plants and leaving no dust in the road. No, you don’t act like a fool because you are having fun with yourself, which is less stressful and will make your day positive. In general, stay happy by saying the magic word.