Personality and Personal Growth: Addictive Personality Traits
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You often hear that someone has an addictive personality and this is partially true. When it comes to personality types and traits, there are some that are more prone to addiction than others. You can work on a personal development plan that addresses this is you fear addiction might be a risk. Use your personality type and individual traits to make personal development goals that will help you to stay healthy. This is especially important if you are vulnerable or exposed to things that commonly result in an addiction.
Looking at the Behaviors that Might Indicate Addiction
If you suspect that someone might be suffering from an addiction, there are certain things to be on the lookout for. If you notice these, you want to pay closer attention so that you can help your loved one to get the necessary help to overcome their addiction. Those struggling with addiction tend to exhibit the following at some point:
They might develop depression and anxiety
They seem impatient, angry, awkward or arrogant
They might appear anxious
They might want to get narcotic medications without having any valid pain issues
Exploring the Behaviors and Traits that Are Common Among those Struggling with Addiction
People who are at a higher risk for addiction tend to have certain personality traits that increase their risk. You can see these in other people easier, but with the right level of focus, you can also identify these in yourself. If someone you know has certain traits and behaviors that increase their risk of addiction, it is important to point these out even though this can be a hard conversation to have. The following are commonly observed in people who struggle with addiction:
They tend to make impulsive choices
When it comes to mainstream society, they often feel alienated
They do not want to wait for gratification
They often lack patience
They are always seeking new sensations and excitement
They value behaviors that are nonconformist and deviant
Exploring Traits in Teens Who Suffer from Addiction
Teens and adults have some differences when it comes to who is at a greater risk of experiencing addiction. There are certain traits in teens that people should be aware of since these increase the risk of developing an addiction:
They do poorly in school, but are usually socially popular
They often lack inhibitions
They often have low self-esteem
They do not have regard for the property of other people
They might be violent or aggressive toward other people
They do not accept authority
Addiction and the Role of Personality Disorders
When you learn more about personality disorders, you will see that a higher risk of addiction is something that they all have in common. Of course, having a personality disorder does not mean that someone will always develop an addiction. It is simply a risk factor that people should be aware of. Look at the following personality disorders and the various traits that might make someone more prone to developing an addiction at some point in life:
Antisocial personality disorder: Those with this disorder tend to behave recklessly, they often do not experience remorse and they do not regard social norms, such as seeing addiction as a negative thing.
Borderline personality disorder: Those with this disorder tend to participate in self-harming behavior, they have a poor self-image and they are often impulsive, doing things without first considering the consequences.
There are other personality disorders that can also experience addiction at a higher rate compared to the society as a whole. However, addiction is seen in these two disorders more frequently than the others.
Once an addiction occurs, it becomes the most important part of a person's life and it can literally be deadly. Because of this, being able to identify addictive traits early can help people to prevent experiencing an addiction now and in the future.
Remember that every addict and addiction is unique and no two have many similarities. However, your personality type and traits do play a major role and those who possess certain traits are at a higher risk of developing an addiction at someone point in life. Keep in mind that an addiction can be to something like nicotine and caffeine and not just the hard drugs or gambling. If you have the traits that increase your risk for addiction, you can use a personal development plan to help you make the necessary changes and coping skills to reduce your risk.