CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- When you think of addictions, do some of the following come to mind? Alcohol. Drugs. Nicotine. Eating. Gambling. Shopping. Sex. Computers. Television.
If so, you're right in the mainstream of society's beliefs. But there's one addiction that's much more widespread, and it's hardly ever labeled as such.
Dr. Margaret Paul, a psychotherapist and author of "Do I Have To Give Up Me To Be Loved By You?" says, "In my experience as a counselor for 40 years, I have found that approval addiction is far more prevalent than any other substance or process addictions. We live in a love-addicted, approval-addicted society."
Wow. This isn't the answer I would have expected, although I am certainly familiar with the concept. What does it mean to be approval addicted? Below is a checklist for your consideration. Believing any of these may indicate love or approval addiction.
I believe that: