How to Overcome Performance Addiction

How to Overcome Performance Addiction

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performance addictionBy 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.

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