The ad­dic­tive per­son­al­ity

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Many re­cov­ery pub­li­ca­tions and pro­grams pro­pose that there is an ad­dic­tive per­son­al­ity type, who is likely to re­place one ad­dic­tion with an­other. Chi­nese medicine doesn’t use this ter­mi­nol­ogy, but if there is such a thing as an ad­dic­tive per­son­al­ity, you can cer­tainly make it work for you. Peo­ple of­ten tell me that I have an ad­dic­tive per­son­al­ity, be­cause I was addicted to drugs, booze, cig­a­rettes, cof­fee (I be­came ob­sessed with tea for a while too) and later, ex­er­cise.

There is this the­ory that it takes 10,000 hours of prac­tice to 60 be­come bril­liant at some­thing. I reckon I did way more than 10,000 hours on drugs, so the­o­ret­i­cally I’m re­ally good at be­ing to­tally out of it. The 10,000 hour the­ory is usu­ally ap­plied in the con­text of great mu­si­cians, ath­letes or artists, but you need an ad­dic­tive, ob­ses­sive or driven el­e­ment in your na­ture to do 10,000 hours of any­thing. In the mar­tial arts, they say rep­e­ti­tion is ‘the mother of skill’. In yoga it is said ‘ do your prac­tice and all is com­ing’.

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