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Old Jun 24, 2012, 11:01am   #881
 
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Yamato started this thread Good paper:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti...df/9652100.pdf
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Self-control is defined as behavior that results in access to a larger reinforcer after a longer delay, rather than impulsive behavior that results in a small reinforcer after a shorter or no delay...
Maybe this is the only problem I am having with gambling: the lack of "distracter activities".
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In an applied setting, the selection of beneficial distracter activities that occur in conjunction with a gradually increasing delay to a larger, more advantageous reinforcer may potentially increase both tolerance for longer delays and appropriate responding of other sorts.
It is shown that "distracter activities" increase your capability of choosing a larger later reward over a smaller sooner reward. So, given that I didn't have a life for years, meaning no "distracter activities" whatsoever, it is normal that the urge for a quicker and smaller reward (compulsive gambling) was much more impelling and it made me overlook the longer term bigger reward (money and quitting my job).

Furthermore, in order to do all the work I've been doing, I had to take the fun out of social life, and avoid it altogether. As a consequence, I have forgotten that being social is not just a "distracter activity" but might be a reward itself: I can clearly see how sometimes I even looked forward to meeting some people.

So in order to learn a good habit of postponing the reward to make it larger (such as choosing profit over compulsive gambling) I have to:

1) find ways to reward myself for longer and longer waits
2) avoid stress, which always decreases self-control
3) increase "distracter activities"

A combination of all these may work.

Speaking of psychology, here's an excellent documentary on the usual american trend of corporations making money at the expense of the american people:



Of course this happens because in the US the corporations are in control of everything: education, medicine and especially government and mass media.

This is even better:



I really like what Ben Hansen says at the end of minute 27: he really sums it up: the pharmaceutical companies need their drugs to not work, because that way they'll have a customer for life.

This is so grotesque (minute 22 to 24 in particular) that it's funny if it weren't true and tragic. Just like 911, the war on drugs, the war on terror, the moon landings, and all the other frauds going on in the US.

All these documentaries about psychotropic drugs made me wonder whether there's a drug for gambling, and it seems overall it's not a good idea (there is a drug but with little effectiveness and a lot of side effects). But I found good information on compulsive gambling, while browsing.

Medication To Stop Gambling | LIVESTRONG.COM
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Pathological gambling is an impulse-control disorder that is related to substance-abuse disorders.
A Drug To Stop Gambling?: Healthy For Life from the Eyewitness News Newsroom
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Experts say there are two types of gamblers.

Action Gamblers -- Almost all action gamblers are males who generally started gambling in their early teen years. These individuals are usually very intelligent and have high IQ test scores. They enjoy participating in games that require skill and strategy. Usually, the behaviors persist for 10 to 30 years before these individuals seek help. Recovery rates are extremely low for action gamblers, and only about 2 percent recover from their addiction within the first year of treatment.

Escape Gamblers -- About 75 percent of escape gamblers are women. These types of addicts prefer games that require little or no skill such as slot machines, bingo, and the lottery. Unlike action gamblers, escape gamblers will seek help within six months to three years after their addiction starts.

PHASES OF GAMBLING: The four phases of gambling include:

The Winning Phase -- During this phase, addicts may encounter several large or small wins that offer a sense of emotional escape. They also may experience a boost in self-esteem and a sense of empowerment. They spend much of their time at casinos, socializing with other gamblers.

The Losing/Chasing Phase -- Gamblers begin to ignore family and become irritable when they're not gambling. The addiction becomes the sole coping mechanism for these individuals. Losses are explained away as poor luck during this phase, and addicts may borrow money to support their habit.

The Desperation Phase -- During this phase, gamblers have no time for anything other than their addiction. They typically lie, blame their loved ones, and lack accountability for their actions. Their financial situation is out of control.

The Hopeless Phase -- This is the most serious phase a gambler encounters. It may involve clinical depression, suicide or other actions that may be life threatening or may land the gambler in jail.
I have experienced much of what described above.
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Old Jun 24, 2012, 4:29pm   #882
 
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Yamato started this thread If there is one link that explains my problem best is this one:
Impulse control disorder - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I do not suffer from impulsivity at all, in general, but in a very few cases, I do immensely: compulsive gambling, of this type:
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Action Gamblers -- Almost all action gamblers are males who generally started gambling in their early teen years. These individuals are usually very intelligent and have high IQ test scores. They enjoy participating in games that require skill and strategy. Usually, the behaviors persist for 10 to 30 years before these individuals seek help. Recovery rates are extremely low for action gamblers, and only about 2 percent recover from their addiction within the first year of treatment.
And then also, occasionally, eating. But I am not fat. I am simply less in control of eating than I would like to be. I guess for most people this is acceptable, but not for me since I want to be fully in control of myself.

Here's the second or first ex-aequo link:
Behavioral addiction - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Behavioral (non-chemical) addiction is a form of addiction which does not rely on drugs like alcohol. Increasingly referred to as process addiction[1] or non-substance-related addiction [2][3]) behavioral addiction includes a compulsion to repeatedly engage in an action until said action causes serious negative consequences to the person's physical, mental, social, and/or financial well-being.[4][5] One sign that a behavior has become addictive is if it persists despite these consequences.
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There is disagreement as to the exact nature of behavioral addiction or dependency. [13] However, the biopsychosocial model is generally accepted in scientific fields as the most comprehensive model for addiction. Historically, addiction has been defined with regard solely to psychoactive substances (for example alcohol, tobacco and other drugs) which cross the blood–brain barrier once ingested, temporarily altering the chemical milieu of the brain. However, "studies on phenomenology, family history, and response to treatment suggest that intermittent explosive disorder, kleptomania, problem gambling, pyromania, and trichotillomania may be related to mood disorders, alcohol and psychoactive substance abuse, and anxiety disorders (especially obsessive–compulsive disorder)."[14]

In the case of pathological gambling, for example, the American Psychological Association classifies the condition as an impulse control disorder and not an addiction.
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There are many similarities in the neurobiology of behavior and drug addictions. One of the most important discoveries of addictions has been the drug based reinforcement and, even more important, reward based learning processes. Several structures of the brain are important in the conditioning process of behavior addiction. One of the major areas of study includes the region, called the amygdala, which involves emotional significance and associated learning. Research shows that dopaminergic projections to the amygdala facilitate a motivational or learned association to a specific behavior. [16] The cycle that is created is considered the dopamine reward system.

Dopamine neurons take a role in the learning and sustaining of many of the behaviors we acquire. Research specific to Parkinson’s disease has led to identifying the intracellular signaling pathways that underlie the immediate actions of dopamine. The most common mechanism of dopamine is to create addictive properties along with certain behaviors. [17] There are three stages to the dopamine reward system: bursts of dopamine, triggering of behavior, and further impact to the behavior. Once electronically signaled, possibly through the behavior, dopamine neurons let out a ‘burst-fire’ of elements to stimulate areas along fast transmitting pathways. The behavior response then perpetuates the striated neurons to further send stimuli. The fast firing of dopamine neurons can be monitored over time by evaluating the amount of extracellular concentrations of dopamine through micro dialysis and brain imaging. This monitoring can lead to a model in which one can see the multiplicity of triggering over a period of time. [18] Once the behavior is triggered, it is hard to work away from the dopamine reward system.

Behaviors like gambling have been linked to the new found idea of the brain’s capacity to predict rewards. The reward system can be triggered by early detectors of the behavior, and trigger dopamine neurons to begin stimulating behaviors. But in some cases, it can lead to many issues due to error, or reward-prediction errors. These errors can act as teaching signals to create a complex behavior task over time. [18]
The "dopamine reward system", interesting.
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It is estimated that at least 90% of Americans have at least one form of soft addiction in their lives. Nadine Kaslow, PhD, professor of psychology and behavioral sciences at Emory University in Atlanta, has commented on the issue, saying that while it is healthy to relieve stress with behaviors like drinking coffee and watching television, when they become habitual they become problematic to one's health and happiness.[19]

Cyber-psychologist Kimberly Young, director of the Center for Online Addiction, has addressed Internet addiction, one of the most common types of "soft addictions". Young has likened excessive Internet use to pathological gambling.[20]

Research around addictions and social media sites has been growing. The Retrevo company recently came out with research suggesting that there is an obsessiveness to the way people are checking their pages.[21][citation needed]


excellent...



excellent...





Addiction is a "disease of choice":



Holy cow... it's all about dopamine and how drug/behavioral addictions release it:







There's a whole world out there...



It almost seems as if a daily cup of hot chocolate could spare me the compulsive gambling... and the rest of my behavioral addictions.

I know he's not saying this in the video. But basically it's about nutrition, partly, and about behavior for the other part. I will try to tackle my problems from all points of view and see how and if I solve them.

The good thing is that I don't have to just deal with compulsive gambling but with a lot of other compulsive behaviours, so I will have a... gym to practice, with a lot of tools and tests. For example: will I be able to resist the cake in the refrigerator? Will I be able to refrain from scratching my scalp? And will I be able to not talk in a given situation? I don't know that many situations, because I am not addicted to any drugs, but I have a few of them.

[...]

Ok, I drank some hot chocolate and now I'll watch a movie. Let's see if I can manage to scratch my scalp today. Except the movie must not produce stress otherwise it's pointless. That's another problem I have: I tend to seek stressful and challenging activities. This might be the problem.

Whether we call it dopamine or not, we could say that we need a given amount of reward every day, and if we don't get it, we will seek it by eating snacks, watching tv, staying up, scratching our head, or whatever else is available.
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Old Jun 24, 2012, 10:11pm   #883
 
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Yamato started this thread This says that physical exercise helps improve self-control:
Evidence that self-control can be trained (like a muscle) - Jonathan Graehl

The hot chocolate didn't work: I still scratched my scalp big time. Tomorrow I'll try exercise.
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GeorgeWalkerBush.net - Bush Death List
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He was investigating Lawrence E. King, Jr., a very influential black Republican who was also a friend of George H.W. Bush. King was director of the Franklin Community Credit Union in Omaha, Nebraska, and was suspected of embezzling $40 million. The Nebraska Senate questioned child prostitutes, who accused King of running a child prostitution ring. One of these children said that she saw George H.W. Bush at one of King's parties. "Pronto", a newspaper in Barcelona, Spain, reported that the scandal "appears to directly implicate politicos of the state of Nebraska and Washington DC who are very close to the White House and George Bush himself". On July 11, 1990, Gary Caradori was killed along with his 6-year old son in the crash of his small plane, after a mid-air explosion, the cause of which was never discovered. He had told friends repeatedly in the weeks before his death that he was afraid his plane would be sabotaged.
The Franklin Scandal: A Story of Powerbrokers, Child Abuse and Betrayal - Cover Letter Sidebar
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I should also mention that a lot of people were killed to keep this story a secret. In my extremely cropped article, I note 4 suicides and a blown up plane that killed 2 people. The high mortality rate associated with story makes people very reluctant to talk.


Damn. This is not the type of stuff that will help me improve my self-control, as it only increases my frustration and stress. Yet I keep on being drawn to complex and frustrating stuff (including my six months of intensive math), because that's the way I was brought up: to work hard. And work is frustrating. Yet frustration makes me lose self-control where it matters, and it produces compulsive behaviours, such as compulsive gambling, which keeps me from profiting from my hard work. This has to be stopped.

I'll stop delving into this truths, and watch movies for a few weeks. Starting with this:
Watch xXx: State of the Union online free 2005 - download xXx: State of the Union - LetMeWatchThis

It wasn't good. Watching this now:
Watch The Manchurian Candidate online free 2004 - download The Manchurian Candidate - LetMeWatchThis
Seen it already, excellent movie. The problem is that it's all true. They take the truth, mix it up, and pretend it's science fiction, so they don't get in trouble. This is what happens with most of these "conspiracy" films.

The ultimate science fiction video is this guy saying "...not the law of the jungle", which in fact is the law he lived by all his life:



With this kind of people in power, the only way to document reality is to pretend you're making a science fiction movie.





At this point I am not inclined to believe anything this man says or any documentary about this man. He probably had his crew killed, just like the Manchurian Candidate. Probably he was taught to lie from birth.

The documentary about his rescue is probably as true as the 911 chronicles will sound a few decades from now. They even made a film of him being rescued. Bull****. He probably killed his crew and then set his plane on fire.
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Yamato started this thread In the US the murderers and pedophiles are in power and the innocent ones get blamed for their crimes, and get two life sentences, like this guy:



I am never going back to that country. I am not moving from europe, which is the only hope for civilization. It is really the law of the jungle, except it's a jungle where physical strength is replaced by money and willingness to use it to abuse other people.

Next conspiracy thriller:
Watch Dark City online free 1998 - download Dark City - LetMeWatchThis

Not good.

This is next:
Watch The Spanish Prisoner online free 1997 - download The Spanish Prisoner - LetMeWatchThis

Now this:



Not good. It was nothing good if compared to The Ghost Writer, The Green Zone and not even as good as The Manchurian Candidate.

This is next, probably tomorrow:



Holy cow. Jon Voight and Gene Hackman are in all of these conspiracy thrillers. Either them two or Denzel Washington: whenever there's a movie about corrupt government, or police or military. Oh, and I cannot forget to include Max Von Sydow and Tommy Lee Jones, who practically do nothing but this type of movies.

This seems to be a good one. Other than these few good "science fiction" (The Matrix) and "conspiracy" (Three Days of the Condor) movies, deafening silence from Hollywood on what the US government has been doing for the past few decades.
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Yamato started this thread Tonight I met my father: stress increased, automatically, as expected. When stress increases impulse control decreases. I studied the subject, as explained recently, and exercise is a stress reducer, so I did a few push ups. Usually, instead of doing push ups, after meeting my father, almost immediately, I'd start eating something (which I briefly did, but it was healthy food), or I'd start scratching my head.

Today, all day, whenever I felt the urge to scratch myself, I did a few pushups and for whatever reason, maybe the pushups, I did not scratch my scalp all day long. The first day I don't do it in months.

I still have to see if this is effective in fighting insomnia, and in fighting overeating. So far so good.

I wonder if there's a way to measure stress, and I still haven't given up on devising a method to measure will-power and self-control.
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Yamato started this thread Ok, today there's one more step forward: I brought some small tomatoes to the office. That way I will test myself and check if I am capable of eating tomatoes instead of snacks at the vending machines: it's cheaper and healthier.

I was thinking this: if I am correct in my estimate that exercise replaces nail biting, scratching and similar, then such behavior should be more frequent among employees than carpenters, who are people who naturally do a lot more exercise (at least for those 8 hours a day). I have to find nail biting statistics to verify it.

There's something here but it's not enough:
NIMH · NIMH Statistics

Something more here but still not enough:
HESonline

By a quick research it's clear that i better give up, because there's nothing out there. There's plenty of statistics on the web on other subjects: for example, google public data.

Mmh, that's from international organizations. How about the WHO?

WHO | Data and statistics

Better than the previous ones.

More here:
WHO | Global Health Observatory Data Repository

But still not enough.

Searching APA now:
http://search.apa.org/search?query=statistics

Nope. Labyrinthine, but nothing there either. You guys suck.

I was wrong about my internet connection being cut off by the CIA. It was a coincidence. I connected to this forum all weekend, posted all that crap on the corrupted politicians, and yet the connection worked fine all weekend.

[...]

I kept researching and I found something, even though not much (but the website is a good one):
http://psychology.wikia.com/wiki/Nail_biting
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28% to 33% of children ages 7-10 years old,
44% of adolescents,
19% to 29% of young adults and
5% of older adults
It is more common in young males
I stopped as an adolescent, so I was still out there with the majority, because it's more common among males. The problem is that I replaced it with scalp scratching... or whatever it's called, even though it's not as sever as what's described here:
http://www.skinpick.com/scalp-picking

About nail biting: maybe adults have the need for less exercise and maybe also they have to sit for fewer hours. The time I was biting my nails was in class or while doing homework. Now I neither have to sit in class nor do homework. And, also, as I said, another factor might be that as you get older your restlessness decreases.

Too bad I could not verify if computer programmers are more inclined to these disorders than carpenters. My opinion is that they are very much. You sit there at the computer, don't move all day long, and you vent out your need for action by taking it out on your body. A carpenter lives naturally instead. Humans are not comfortable sitting tight for too long.

Too bad I don't have the data to verify this.

I would take it further: as we sit down without action, we vent out our need for action by engaging in these compulsive habits: compulsive gambling, scratching and sometimes eating. If stress increases, these habits increase.

If it's like this, I might be able to solve it with the push ups: the more sitting the more push ups, the more stress the more push ups. Push ups will be my medicine. If I feel like eating, it's probably because I want to chew, and that means I need action, and I will respond with push ups. The same for scratching. The same with the mere thought/desire of compulsive gambling. Let's see if it works.

I will answer to all my needs for action with push ups instead of unhealthy action (eating, scratching, compulsive gambling).

This will revolutionize my life and yes, I still regret losing all my capital instead of being at 25k, which I'd have right now had I not gambled. But you cannot be profitable until everything is perfect. And this is clearly the case with me: I still have problems interfering with my profitability. And therefore it obviously didn't happen, once again.
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