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Week 48 Questions for Know Thyself 2019: Great Gifts

Christmas is coming, and I’ve realized that I’m pretty terrible at choosing gifts.  My family was not big on celebrations or frivolous gifts. The gifts I received were always practical, bought on a deal, and/or rarely made me feel special.  On the bright side, I got a lot of use out of practical gifts, and I’m not complaining.

However, in the last couple of years I’ve received some gifts that were either totally impractical or expensive.  They were also well chosen and made me feel special!  This got me thinking: what is the difference between the gifts of my past and these gifts?  Of course I did some research, and this post is what I came up with. 

Thinking about gifts has certainly made gift shopping more fun – I no longer agonize over it and hopefully I won’t give more crappy gifts.  I hope this week’s topic helps you as you do your holiday shopping this year!

What Everyone Should Know About Coping Behaviors & Addictions

Let me begin by stating that we all have the so-called “addictive personality”.  This label isn’t reserved for the weak or unmotivated or broken.  The addictive personality is, in fact, the the human condition. I think it’s obvious: each one of us resorts to some kind of coping behavior when life is too stressful and we feel overwhelmed.  Some of these coping behaviors involve legal or illegal substance abuse, but not all do.  Because some are more obvious and readily cause social and financial ruin, they are labeled “addictions”; however, each one of us has a chosen coping behavior or behavior that matters dearly to us and a harmful dependence can develop to any of these behaviors. The fundamental similarity among all of them is the aim to avoid painful emotions. No one is immune to painful emotions such as fear, loneliness, sadness, guilt, jealousy, boredom, inadequacy, etc.   The coping behaviors that allow us to avoid overwhelming emotions tend to fall into three categories: Consumption – e.g., food, media, and shopping Numbing out – e.g. drugs …