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Craving for Ecstasy

Genres: Psychiatry
Format: Hardback
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc, New York, United States
Imprint: Jossey-Bass Inc.,U.S.
Published: 1st Feb 1987
Dimensions: w 150mm h 230mm
Weight: 571g
ISBN-10: 0669123374
ISBN-13: 9780669123371
Barcode No: 9780669123371

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Two psychology professors argue that all addicts - whether addicted to heroin, TV or chicken soup - follow the same patterns of behavior in their compulsive search for pleasure. The authors contend that people find pleasure in three ways: through energizing, through relaxing, and through imagining. Each of these types of pleasure has its corresponding modes of inducement, some natural and some chemical. A person will generally choose the mode of inducement that corresponds to the type of pleasure he or she generally desires. Those who are into relaxing will choose soothing phenomena that allow them to be passive (heroin or TV or chicken soup); those who get off on energy will choose such things as speed, cocaine, sky-diving, high-risk sports; and those whose pleasure is imagining will choose LSD and other hallucinogens as well as poetry-writing, religion, and simple daydreaming and fantasizing. Any mode of inducement pursued to excess and to the exclusion of all others is harmful. The way to cure addictions, they contend, is to juggle the modes of inducement to come up with a new combination that is not so destructive or exclusive - baths and chicken soup instead of heroin; mountain climbing instead of speed. The addict must realize that he is seeking a state of mind, not a particular mode of inducing that state of mind. A timely effort perhaps, but nothing common sense couldn't have told you to begin with. All told, a better magazine article than book. (Kirkus Reviews)