Emotion Dysfunction

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Throughout this blogsite we have suggested and hoped to demonstrate, using various studies and articles, that emotion dysfunction, or emotion processing and regulation deficits, lie at the heart of ALL Addictive Behaviours.

In the new year, we hope to publish an academic paper which sets out this theoretical model in full.

Until then, these blogs give a clear insight into our thinking, outlining why those who suffer from addictive behaviours seem to be driven by a pathomechanism which centres on emotion dysfunction.

Related Blogs

Addiction now defined as brain disorder not behavior issue

A Brief History of Treating Addiction as an Emotional Processing Disorder

Negative urgency mediates relationship between alexithymia and dysregulatedbehaviors

Explaining how negative “negative urgency” can be

Intolerance of uncertainty prompts compulsive decision-making

Decision Making Deficits in Addicts

Lack of emotion differentiation propels negative urgency

The need to act via non recognition of emotional states

Understanding emotional processing deficits in addiction

The predictive value of alexithymia in patients with eating disorders

Alexithymia, emotional dysregulation and recovery from alcoholism


Genetic inheritance – is it  decision-making deficits that are inherited?


Ego Defense Mechanisms

Difference between Alcoholics and Addicts: In terms of Ego Defense Mechanisms


Various Addictive Behaviours and Emotion Dysfunction 


Gambling Disorders

Gambling disorder and  emotional processing deficits

Maladaptive emotion-regulation strategy and lack of emotional clarity in Gambling Addicts.

Why Do Gamblers Chase Losses?


Eating/Body Disorders

Ruminating on emotions rather than processing them.



So Do Sex Addicts have similar emotional difficulties as other addictive disorders? 


Internet Addiction

The Relationship of Emotional Intelligence and Mental Disorders with Internet Addiction in Internet Users University Students



Emotional Intelligence – an untapped resource for prevention among adolescents and adults