Jim Kwick is a coach who trains the brain in the US. One thing with his story is the lack of impulse control we get when we are overloaded with information. In short are neurons become passive the more we consume information. He prescribes certain rest from mobiles and computers so that we can build memory back up again. I can't help but think that there is some truth in this. Our ability to rationalise problems, solve things and resist is seriously undermined by all information we are subjected to. Where does this fit into addiction? Well, we are toned into a full lack of impulse control and if we want our "critical faculty" to get back to some kind of normal we may need to try turning the information flow of now and again so we can adjust.
Yes my view is have been at information overload for a long time. I delete a lot of my television channels and try and watch the ones without adverts. 24/7 news from all over the world and everyone has a product to sell me to enhance my life
I try not to watch daytime television and am thinking about blanking off the aerial box and doing without telly next year. I prefer the radio anyway
what really upsets me now are the types of adverts especially gambling adverts. It just seems everything has gone so cynical and everyone is pushing the sort of products and services which rile me.
It all seems so confusing now but I always found the structure of modern life confusing so maybe I could never handle it. I just feel I have always been controlled by the state in rip off Britain.
I started gambling in the late 1970s when there was less info so its always been a dangerous lure for people seeking something
I feel I would have been happy living a very simple life chopping wood with a few pots and pans..know what I mean lol...the grass is always greener but Im sure this world too crazy and fast moving for my comfort.
The stress builds and Its easy to reach for a cigarette a drink or a gamble. I never thought I could get hopelessly addicted to anything...turns out gambling was the one that took over my life
Its not all our fault you know! Im working towards a day when gambling is heavily regulated short of a ban.
Best wishes to everyone on the forum
Here is something I wrote from a paper and its the intro to a 9 thousand word article.
It’s 2020! Isn’t it great to be living in the time we do? With an unlimited access to technology that was designed to improve our quality of life in an unprecedented way. However, have our opportunities become limited, because technology has taken away our ideas and creativity? It seems there is a price to pay and had we been born a century ago we wouldn't have the opportunities that we have today, would we? Today, we realise that there is so much more to know and people don’t care who the 'experts' are anymore. However, there is plenty of discussion about the depth of technological advancements; it seems more than ever people are living in their minds and not their bodies’.
Huge advancements in technology, such as; artificial intelligence, 5g, and work automation has allowed the World to enter a different phase. Information is interpreted very fast and as if, it can, answer all questions (even before we ask them). However, it doesn't give us time to process the answers and nobody knows whether the speed that things are delivered are posing real issues to our well-being and our overall general health. Moreover, when we scroll through page after page on the Internet our focus and attention is constantly diverted from one thing to another. Is this behaviour reshaping our brains? If it is, are we becoming backwards as technology goes forward?
Thank you for your replies.
Well written answers that gives your mind something extra to think about. I wrote this because I am still fascinated by our brain's inability to recharge the critical faculty we have to enable a stop or a break to our behaviours when we are in dopamine spikes of gambling frenzies. Mind you it should not be a surprise. When you look at lab rats on C*****e addictions they will not eat or do anything at all except wait for the new dose of C*****e to carry them into their next high. Our addiction minds are basically the same and the one who can find that magic missing puzzle piece that gets the mind to say walk away from the mayhem will be the grand winner of the quiz show. I don't think there is such a piece. I think it is relearning behaviour that was eradicated when we became addicted. The ability to walk away can only be done through repetition or abstaining. And they are both shaky at best. See our present mind simply can not deal with the data and the subconscious mind does what it wants so the trick will always be to change direction away from the storm and into calmer waters again. I think hypnosis may work. Also, cbt that is taught here but YOU must know what your brain is doing because if you don't you ill never become unstuck. Addiction will be beaten one day. Someone will understand how to hypnotise a new neural pathway or someone will amplify or synthesise naltrexone so that gamblers may have a stop button somewhere.
The truth is out there so never stop looking!
I have read tons of literature on mental health and addiction and come to the conclusion that gambling itself is an addiction. The anger and stress that derives from losses is exactly the same chemical that also manufactures fear in exactly the same places except we as individuals interpret it differently under different circumstances. Furthermore, when losses hit us, or wins depending on how serious we are into it, our bodies takes a hit and it drains us of minerals. In particular, Magnesium(and many more) is depleted in times of extreme stress. Over time this may lead to deficiencies which are very serious to our mental health leaving us in a terrible condition. The thing is, even when we are winning we are bombarding our body with stress too and in the end it does not even matter when we win, or lose, we still get the depletion of neurotransmitters that make us fuzzy in our brains. Having done some really stupid things myself I have realised that I am suffering a terrible disease where I am unable to make rational choices when gambling.
There is not much control over impulse in the moment. I can remember saying thousands of times I have to continue when losing and it is this behaviour that leads to 'going to the extreme'. Therefore, gambling can make us do things we actually do not want to do...That's the bottom line. I know all of this stuff but am still struggling to beat my addiction and it is really, really, bad.
Just wanted to add something about neural pathways. The neural pathway is like a road that is grooved into the brain creating a neural highway where the transmitters can easily run to their target. However, when you stop gambling the neural pathway groove becomes covered over and the pathway is less prominent which allows a much different route to form which is commonly known as rewiring.
I cannot say for sure but this is to the best of my knowledge.
Yes. Simplified it is a new way of handling things. We are habitual and we do things quite automatically. To enable us to change our ways is not an easy task or we would all have been well ages ago. To enable neural pathways we must repeat new behaviour until it sticks. So we could, in essence, all become well if we just stopped making it difficult and followed new patterns of learning without questioning why but that seems to be too difficult for us to do so we procrastinate and try and invent the light bulb again. We need to understand that we are simple human beings, not superhumans who know everything. Then we can accept changes more easily. Neural pathways are the key to changing behaviour. I wish there was an easier way to do it but that would not include lobotomy.