Have you ever been addicted to anything, or worried that you were? Have you ever spent too much time and effort on something that was a distraction from your real goals? Tell us about it.
The Shame Game
I was 5 ½ years old. It was the first day of kindergarten. I was very proud to be a “big girl.” The teacher called the roll and said, “Children, we have a little baby in the room. Who do you think it is? Please look around you.”
I looked around and soon realized that everyone was staring at ME! I was sucking my thumb. I had always sucked my thumb. But I never did it again (unless you count the times now as an adult, when I am in deep thought).
Giving Up on Cream
I was on a diet to lose weight. I have always been on a diet to lose weight. Someone said that eliminating cream from your coffee would reduce your caloric intake by hundreds of calories a day. I never drank cream in my coffee again, but I’m still on a diet to lose weight.
I bit my nails. I always did do that until I met the man of my dreams. I stopped biting my nails (for looks) and married the man of my dreams, but started smoking instead.
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
I smoked menthol cigarettes for nearly 40 years! I tried the patch. I bought candy cigarette substitutes. I went to hypnosis but inhaled as I left the session. One morning the act of lighting up made me feel deathly ill. I never smoked again.
I am over those addictions but you never know for sure.
Being an armchair psychiatrist, I concluded that all those bad habits could be blamed on Mother!
She freely accepted the accusations too. Poor Mom!
You see, I was a bottle fed infant and she told me she lived by the sage advice of Dr. Spock. If the book said to feed the baby every four hours and I cried in three (from gnawing hunger), she let me keep on crying for precisely four hours. Have you noticed that most of my addictions seem to come from oral needs?
No wonder I am still always hungry!