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Dan Abildgaard Professor Chester Schnepf English 120 TTh 1000-1130 November 7 2000 Addictive Personalities Do Individuals with Addiction Learn the Lessons of Awareness and Causality Addiction is the compulsive need for a habit forming substance or event Bridgers 9 Do they truly understand the consequences of their actions Are they at fault for having an addiction to a drug or stimulant We are going to discover the reasons and consequences of addictive behavior in applying the accounts compiled in Stories from the Other Side Thematic Memoirs The Dance Lesson Crowley 22 My Buddy Daniel Crowley 38 and My Mother Myself Crowley 140 Also implementing the lessons of awareness and causality construed by Cherie Carter Scott PhD in If Life is a Game These are the Rules Scott 54 59 Family is the basis of all psychological learning Be it hereditary or environmental it is stated in the nature-nurture debate between English philosopher John Locke who believed The environment acts as the sole influence on development Feldman 356 and French philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau who in contrast believed That peoples natural characteristics namely genetic factors were most influential Feldman 356 A childs natural guardian influences its psychological development Family can have a positive or negative influence on the development of an addictive Abildgaard 2 behavior In the case of Daniel in My Buddy Daniel his abandonment by his mother only after a few days old his brothers suicide and the death of his grandmother contributed dramatically to his development of an addictive behavior The nature-nurture debate is evident in Daniel because he lived on the street since he was fifteen and Comes from a multiply dysfunctional family alcohol drugs Crowley 41 This is also similar to an interviewee Brandon who Wasnt accepted by has parents being gay and turned to drugs to numb the pain of their absence form his life
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