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Are You Spinning Your Wheels?

Over the next few blog posts, we’re going to look at a montage of activities and behaviors I’ve seen used as someone’s “never enough”: food, alcohol, caffeine, electronics, work, shopping, tobacco, pharmaceuticals, exercise, hobbies, gambling, sex, relationships, money, anger, and guilt.

You may have grimaced slightly at the mention of things in this list that appear either spot on or a distinct possibility for you or someone you love. A sigh of relief may have accompanied any you’ve already relegated to the “not me” category. Before you get too far ahead, I’ll ask you to back up just a bit and really delve into each of these, attempting to withhold prejudgment.

Also, this is not an all-encompassing list. I’ve seen a great deal over the years, and one of the things I’ve observed is the ability for people to absolutely individualize their excessities.

For some, your own particular brand of “never enough” didn’t make my list. Is this because it isn’t a legitimate “never enough”? No, it just means it didn’t make my list — and perhaps there are even echoes of it swirling through others that did make it on the list. So open your mind to the rhythm of each of these, and see if you don’t dance to a similar, if slightly variant, tune.

Thursday’s Blog Post: Food.

SOURCE: Chapter 2, “Examine Your Excess,” in Gotta Have It! by Gregory L. Jantz, PhD., founder of The Center for Counseling and Health Resources Inc.

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