Home PageArticolo rivistaCraving, pleasure and happiness: the chemical path to satisfaction

Bignamini E., Galassi C.
Pubblicato nel numero: Year XXXXII January – June 2014 – Number 75 – SUPPLEMENT (contributions to XXIII Congr. SIPI “The network of the compensatory functions in the Adlerian theory and practice", Milan, 2012)
Parole chiave: Compensation, Complexity, Pathological dependencies, Addiction, Depression, Craving, Happiness, Pleasure

Craving, pleasure and happiness: the chemical path to satisfaction

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Paper presented at the XXIII S.I.P.I. National Congress – “The network of the compensatory functions in the Adlerian theory and practice”, Milan, 2012.

The full article is available for download in Italian only.

Summary. The basic misunderstanding that on an individual level supports the addicted behavior (the exchange “pleasure for happiness”) is nowadays widespread on a social level. The lack of “Social Interest” and the prevale of a view of life promoting consumism as the answer to the radical insignificance, converts psychoactive drugs in objects of consumption, ordinary possibilities to reach immediate pleasure. Desire becomes craving, yearning, without projects and creativeness. The possibility of happiness is exchanged for a limited pleasure reduced to the moment of use, in a basically depressive dimension, without transcendence and without hope. The core problem is given by the support that society and culture operate on addictive behavior and on the lack of critical ability. In this situation the “fight against drugs” seems a falsification made by institutions that are not able to think about their operations and about the present socialcultural complexity. The match between individual and social dynamics, with their different levels and meanings, creates a spiral of con-fusion that often represent the principal and preliminary therapeutic problem.

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