Can't Just Stop: An Investigation of Compulsions

  • Title: Can't Just Stop: An Investigation of Compulsions
  • Author: Sharon Begley
  • ISBN: 9781476725826
  • Page: 175
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Can t Just Stop An Investigation of Compulsions The first book to examine the science behind both mild and extreme compulsive behavior using fascinating case studies to understand its deeper meaning and reveal the truth about human compulsion Wheth
    The first book to examine the science behind both mild and extreme compulsive behavior using fascinating case studies to understand its deeper meaning and reveal the truth about human compulsion.Whether shopping with military precision or hanging the tea towels just so, compulsion is something most of us have witnessed in daily life But compulsions exist along a broad conThe first book to examine the science behind both mild and extreme compulsive behavior using fascinating case studies to understand its deeper meaning and reveal the truth about human compulsion.Whether shopping with military precision or hanging the tea towels just so, compulsion is something most of us have witnessed in daily life But compulsions exist along a broad continuum, and at the opposite end of these mild forms exist life altering disorders.Sharon Begley s meticulously researched book is the first of its kind to examine all of these behaviors mild and extreme OCD, hoarding, acquiring, exercise, even compulsions to do good together, as they should be, because while forms of compulsion may look incredibly different, these are actually all coping responses to varying degrees of anxiety.With a focus on personal stories of dozens of interviewees, Begley employs genuine compassion and gives meaningful context to their plight Along the way she explores the role of compulsion in our fast paced culture, the brain science behind it, and strange manifestations of the behavior throughout history.Can t Just Stop makes compulsion comprehensible and accessible, exploring how we can realistically grapple with it in ourselves and those we love.

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    1. 1st incident: A week ago, I went on a short trip in a lovely town not too far from Athens for three days. We ended up leaving 15 minutes later than planned, because I just HAD to make sure that the door and the windows were locked. And then, I HAD to go back and check whether the boiler and all appliances were switched off. But then, I thought ‘’did I lock properly?’’ Needless to say, I was almost thrown in the car by the other member of the household…2nd incident: In my class, there a [...]

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    2. 3.5 a mixed read for me, not that much of it wasn't interesting, just that some of it was difficult to understand. Had to reread sections to understand her explanation of brain science, what goes on in the brain in those with severe anxiety, OCD etc. Also the way they go about getting a scientific diagnosis, this part was quite lengthy. As I said extremely interesting but dense. The case studies, actual people, were of course much easier to read but oh my, some of these people, what they go thro [...]

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    3. I actually feel a little empowered by Sharon Begley's non- fiction book.According to Sharon Begley - me and many people have a few compulsions that seem like understandable responses to angst that might otherwise eat 'me/us' alive. WE ARE NOT CRAZY.or even BROKEN. In fact we may be keeping ourselves together - functioning better than if we had allowed the anxiety to swallow us. Sharon says: "just because you're compulsive about something doesn't mean your brain is broken". "The mild compulsions [...]

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    4. this was an eye opening book, it mostly gives examples of people who suffer from compulsive behavior (gambling, shoplifting, hoarding) and how the mental industry has treated them in the past, treats them today and the many nuances that goes on in the medical world to try to keep up with ever changing definitions of behaviors that have in the recent years been recognized as belonging to mental illness, this book mostly deals with anxiety and it states that it is anxiety that actually causes all [...]

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    5. A little too much jargon in places. The big take-away message is that compulsions are more widespread than believed but there is such a wide range of what's normal that it's difficult to tag someone as having a serious problem.Notes:6 Compulsions are responses to anxiety.16 Compulsions versus addictions.21 Addiction is pleasure, tolerance, withdrawal.22 Compulsions are all about avoiding unpleasant outcomes.29 And role of perfectionism.50 OCD often goes undiagnosed for many years,.69 Scrupulosit [...]

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    6. Last week, I was listening to a radio report on how casinos, concerned with the drop off of under age 45 customers, were investigating how to translate concepts like Farmville (free to play, lots of small denomination add-ons) to traditional gambling. This is a popular science book which relates the many facets of compulsion--OCD and anxiety, the behavioral archaeology of looking for OCD in world religious rituals and the writings of desert hermits, the fine (often class) line of collecting and [...]

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    7. JUST CAN'T STOP BY SHARON BEGLEYThis digital copy was provided to me via Net Galley, Sharon Begley and Simon & Schuster for a fair and honest Review.Sharon Begley's book is marketed to be the first of it's kind to describe Compulsions in all of it's different forms. Some compulsions are mild and some compulsions are stronger. "Mild and Extreme." The following behaviors are examined OCD, hoarding, acquiring, exercise and compulsions to do good things. Sharon Begley states although these compu [...]

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    8. Great non-fiction book that tackles the topic of compulsion. From phone-checking to hoarding, from moderately intrusive to debilitating – this one covers it all.This is not a ‘one writer’s journey’ type of non-fiction tale. This is more of a ‘one writer covers it all’ type of books. File this under a ‘read it cover to cover, or keep it as a reference and read a chapter here and there.’Either way it’s great, and Sharon Begley thoroughly covers a topic of the modern age – that [...]

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    9. This was a great book. Having experienced some scary periods of OCD rumination in my life—and, outside of those periods, having ridden out many smaller waves of obsessive thoughts—I'm very interested in why these thought patterns come about. I absolutely love reading case studies, and this book has a lot of good ones. There are people who feel like they'll die if they don't exercise. People who can't throw away a single cardboard box, plastic bag or empty pill bottle. People who can't stop c [...]

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    10. I was fascinated by this subject and this research!

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    11. Interesting but too many details and it becomes boring

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    12. This book was up and down. I went from being totally immersed in one chapter, and bored to death in the next. Ms. Begley combines interesting case studies along with her insights into compulsions.

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    13. “If every age gets the lunatics it deserves, then our age of anxiety deserves those who are in the grip of a compulsion.” Can’t Just Stop: An Investigation of Compulsions by Sharon Begley (Simon & Schuster, February 2017) hypothesizes that “compulsions are a response to anxiety, and modern life is filled with overwhelming anxiety.” Compulsions offer us an illusion of control in a world gone mad. “We cling to compulsions as if to a lifeline, for it is only by engaging in compulsio [...]

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    14. I absolutely loved this book! I learned so much from it, and it really expanded my knowledge on this topic. I love books that are enjoyable to read, but also teach you things- which is exactly what this book is. This book explains the science and psychology behind compulsive disorders (most commonly OCD- overly compulsive disorder, which most people know about) and really breaks it down. She explains it from a neuroscience and biology perspective, but also a psychological perspective looking at [...]

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    15. "Can't Just Stop," by Sharon Begley, is an overview of obsessions and compulsions that includes a historical perspective and an exploration of possible causes and treatments. The author believes that most of us adhere to rituals that are relatively benign and help us cope with day-to-day living. However, when someone cannot function because crippling anxiety creates an uncontrollable urge to wash her hands, check again and again that she has locked her door and turned off the stove, or hoard lar [...]

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    16. A well-written book that argues that “mental illness” is a spectrum; none of us is “normal” but some of us are in severe distress and can benefit from particular interventions. As she explains, the discourse around impulse, addiction, and compulsion can get pretty confused, with various problems described in all three ways; some people’s behavior may be better described by one or another. Some compulsive shoppers are depressed or manic; others are anxious. I particularly liked one expe [...]

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    17. This is an interesting look at compulsions - something many of us experience. However, I found the book a slog to read. I didn't understand the flow and then when the author crams in the science at the end I was overwhelmed and a bit disinterested. Perhaps I was a bit bothered by this paragraph toward the end of the book:"The brain glitch responsible for OCD stands out for several reason, including that it was the first to be deciphered. But another reason is that it involves patterns of activit [...]

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    18. I'm sure this is not the definitive work on this topic, but it does show how difficult it is to pin down. What I learned reading this is that compulsions have varied over the years as well as science and society's perception of the seriousness of compulsions. Not that I'm an expert or anything, but some of this I could relate to and some I just couldn't. Perhaps it's dependent upon one's particular compulsion(s). I did find chapters informative and some I just didn't get. This book does offer in [...]

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    19. Begley is a journalist and she did a ton of research on certain compulsion behaviors. Lots of focus on OCD, hoarding, and OCPD. She tried to drive home that these are disorders that cause people anxiety when they can't fulfill their compulsions. Too often people say they are OCD in a flippant way, but you are not OCD unless you have a little voice telling you to do certain things, or otherwise feel extreme anxiety unless these compulsions are acted on. Other "OCD" behaviors that people often ref [...]

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    20. Honestly, the reason I chose this book because of the cover. But now after reading the book, I really like the book also, I realized I have mild and a little bit extreme compulsive behaviors, like checking my smartphones for email or text messages, buying more stuff than I need, watching a lot of movies In this book, Sharon Begley, the author writes that while compulsion bring relief, they bring little enjoyment, and while with one part of our brain we desperately wish to stop them, with another [...]

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    21. kind of interesting, with some research review and some case examples of people with OCD and various other compulsive behavior patterns [hoarding, hairpulling, shopping]. Considers at some length whether disorders lie on continuum with normality [seemed to want this one both ways, saying most times they are on a continuum but also that people overpathologize normal eccentricities and that true OCD, for instance, feels massively different from just a neat freak noticing something out of place etc [...]

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    22. Can't. Just. Stop. is about compulsions and the people who have them. All sorts of compulsions. Like the need to read lots of books. Or review them on . Or write short sentences. Without subjects.This is a good book for lay readers, not for people in the field. It might be a reasonable read for writers wanting to do background for a character.What it was missing was a clear explanation of what to do when you have a compulsion such that writing short sentences without a subject becomes writing ho [...]

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    23. I may like to clean when something is bothering me, feel lighter and free when I declutter ma home or thinking of sport too much when I want to enter my swimsuit, I don't really suffer of compulsion. But some of my friends do. Thta's why I've piqued up this book. I was curious to know more about these manifestations from a scientific point.The read was dense and the examples interesting. Can't say it was a realxing fun moment but I've appreciated how Sharon Begley has put her book together. I be [...]

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    24. I came away with a clearer understanding of some topics: the differences between compulsions and addictions, OCD, how that differs from Obsessive-Compulsive Personality disorder, and more. But I sometimes felt like I had to work to understand the distinctions the author was making, and I just wasn't that excited by the book, even though some of the examples were interesting.

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    25. chapters on so-called video game addiction and internet addiction. explanation of difference between OCD and OCPersonality Disorder. historical evidence for OCD including middle ages descriptions of hoarding, of compulsive hand-washing, and of obsessive thoughts about particular subjects. separate chapter on hoarding.

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    26. Lots of historical context and brain research that I wasn't familiar with. Well chosen chapters that cover diverse topics such as bibliomania and video game compulsions. Draws well from many interviews with experts and people suffering from the covered conditions.

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    27. The author is tremendously smart and writes well, for the layman, not the scientist. She gives a great deal of information and it's a terrific book.I especially enjoyed the part on OCD and hoarding and learned a lot from the book in general.I hope she writes more! Recommended!

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    28. Really fascinating ideas about the differences between compulsions and addictions.

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    29. Interesting that a compulsion is intending to alleviate anxiety, in contrast with an addition which is pleasure seeking behavior.

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    30. Compulsions versus addictions. Yes, please!

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