Psychologists like to claim that Psychology is a science, yet, until now, the discipline has lacked any real scientific laws, has had no overarching scientific paradigm and has been blighted by poor replicability of research, all of which have dogged the discipline. Attempts to place Psychology under a single scientific umbrella, e.g. Behaviourism, Cognitivism, Biological Science, Social Science or Human Science, have all failed for a host of reasons. This unique book presents a single paradigm for all of Psychology within a framework of Natural Science. For example, it employs as a model an organising principle known in another scientific discipline for over a century, the principle of Homeostasis. Findings across the entire discipline including perception, learning, emotion, stress, addiction, well-being and consciousness are all shown to be consistent with a new paradigm based on this, and other principles drawn from natural science.
Chapter 8: Addiction, Drinking, Surfing the Internet
Addiction, Drinking, Surfing the Internet
Addiction isn’t about substance – you aren’t addicted to the substance, you are addicted to the alteration of mood that the substance brings.
A General Theory of Addiction
In Principle XV lies one significant key to the nature and all sentient beings: the principle of ‘Yin’ and ‘Yang’ – the continuous struggle to reconcile conflicting goals. According to the General Theory, whenever there is conflict the REF strives to restore balance and order.
Principle XV (Comfort vs Discontent): In every conscious being exists a tension between comfort and discontent. When the discontent is assuaged, there is comfort. When comfort is resisted, there is discontent. Resolution of this conflict is a primary function of Type II homeostasis.
Addiction occurs ...