I saw this box on an episode of Fargo and just had to get it to share with clients – what a perfect metaphor for addiction or destructive habits. It applies equally to the alcoholic, person with a problem with drugs, compulsive over-eater as well as to the gambler, “shopaholic”, nail biter, hair puller, pornography or sex addict. The common definition of addiction or destructive habits of “doing the same thing over and over expecting something different.”
If this short video is at all familiar to you and you are “sick and tired of being sick and tired”, you may well be at what is called the Jumping off Point – the place at which the pain of the behavior has finally outweighed any pleasure.
Others call it (paradoxically) The Gift of Desperation.
If so it may be time to consider something radical such as a residential treatment program, new licensed therapist or even calling your friendly neighborhood hypnotist.
In the meantime, keep watching the video and thinking about your behavior until you get there.