Friday, November 18, 2005

Stories of Addiction

Here's a link to an interesting story published today on New New research shows that computer game-playing when taken to an extreme carries all the hallmarks common to other addictions. They used a few different means to gauge this, and one is the "startle" effect--those who startle easily are responding to various stimuli and are considered the "healthier" subjects; those who are fixated on gaming and cannot be "startled" are in essence held captive by the experience. There's much more to it than that, but I found it interesting. Here's the URL if you'd like to check it out:

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Crash stories

I've been noticing the theme of crashing--when things come tumbling down--a lot in my life lately. (Maybe because there's been some crashing right here around me.) When a crash happens, whether it's the loss of a job, the diagnosis of an illness, the failure of a dream, the loss of a marriage, or something else, noticing the themes and players involved provides rich ground for exploration. Questions might include

  • Who or what caused the crash?

  • What was involved in the crash?

  • What was lost or gained in the crash?

  • How did the crash serve the people involved?

  • How did the crash solve a problem (even if unhealthily)?

  • Who had agency in the situation--the person(s) affected, or the crash itself?

  • What possible lessons could the crash have come to teach?

I'd like to test this out as I notice other peoples' crashes. But right now it is helpful in giving me some graspable tools to sift through my own.