By Edie Weinstein, MSW, LSW
Are you at ease in the spotlight? Do you enjoy being the center of attention, entertaining family and friends? Those qualities are the perfect setup for a career on stage — but they’re also a recipe for performance addiction.
The idea was propagated by Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli, Ed.D, PhD, clinical psychologist and author of the book Performance Addiction: The Dangerous New Syndrome and How to Stop It From Ruining Your Life. Although it isn’t noted as an official diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-V, it describes a set of behaviors and lifestyle choices that bring both benefits and banes.
Its obvious charms include being viewed in a favorable light and seen as a shining star. Onlookers may offer praise for how much the addict is accomplishing, marveling, as one has heard, “You get more done in a day than I do in a week.