If someone smokes pot every night to relax, or runs to the refrigerator the minute he/she is back from work, or shoplifts, spends hard-earned money in gambling, works day and night, and so on, then all these can be considered as signs of having an addictive personality. These people turn self-destructive and display compulsive behavior.
Humans are an interesting group of living beings, with a very complex psychology. Not only does the personality characteristics of people differ, but individual capacity to react in certain situations is also very different. You can never predict when a person loses self-control and gets addicted to something.
However, research shows that people involved in different addictions, tend to share a distinct psychological trait that predisposes them to becoming an addict. Let us look at some types of addictive personality.
They are so focused on their short-term needs, that they cannot manage to concentrate on the long-term goals. They are on a look out for 'quick fix' solutions, display impulsive behavior, and have a tendency of taking risks in life. These people are often addicted to drugs and alcohol.
These people switch over from one addiction to another, when they can no longer continue with their previous addiction. For example, alcoholics who give up drinking alcohol, take up smoking instead. These people may be prone to multiple vices.
Causes of Development of an Addictive Personality
Many times, people cannot handle the responsibilities of their actions. They cannot find any fault with themselves and do not understand the gravity of consequences due to their immature behavior and personality.
The doctor may conduct a physical examination to determine the height, weight, heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, etc. He may even conduct a complete blood count, screen you for alcohol or drug addictions, and conduct a thyroid function test.
Next, is the very important psychological evaluation test. Here, the doctor tries to determine the patient's behavior pattern, addiction, their compatibility in relationships, etc. He will try to find the hows and whys, along with the severity of the addiction. Talk to him about thoughts of suicide, self-destruction, and even feelings of harm towards others.
There are many tests available on the Internet that may point towards something wrong in your behavior. If you find anything unusual, visit a psychologist and ask him for further help.
If your partner is suffering from any sort of addiction, and you suspect that he/she may fall under this personality type, help him/her seek medical help. Even after medical and psychological help, if the addictive behavior does not change, or becomes even worse, the best thing to do is walk off.
It is not easy to break relationships, but if the other person has no regrets over his/her behavior, and continues with the addiction, it is wise to call it off. If the person shows improvement, and is trying hard to become normal, give him/her full support and care. Together, with love and mutual understanding, help your partner to control his/her weakness.
People with an addictive personality develop dependent personality disorders. If you suspect of having this problem, then visit a doctor for further analysis. With therapies, rehabilitation, and medications, you may be able to control your harmful behavior.
Disclaimer: This content is meant for informational purposes only, and should not be considered as a replacement for expert medical advice.