Michael Stuart Kelly Posted December 3, 2012 Share Posted December 3, 2012 There's a psychological subset to the nicotine addiction. Smokers feel that they are just not themselves, their full personalities without their cigarettes...Carol,I dealt with this in my 2005 article, Understanding Addiction -- An Objectivist View.I riffed off of Ayn Rand's idea of "sense of life." I called it "sense of identity." To quote myself, in addiction, the sense of identity gets altered so much that "an addict cannot conceive of a future without that addictive substance being a part of his life."You describe exactly what I experienced with the various addictions I beat over the years. I could have easily used your words as an example if time travel were possible. btw - I know I beat my addictions because my addicted "sense of identity" feeling gradually abated over time, then finally disappeared, and was replaced by the universal one reality provides.For example at the deepest level of my being, I am no longer a drinking man. I am just a man. Ditto for cigarettes and crack cocaine.Michael Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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