Jul 072011

Even though my site is suffering a period of low output, fear not, good people! I have had another guest post published, instead of getting anything (other than this) up here.

The post this time is “Life as an Addiction” hosted at AthleteCreator.com by the Movement Biomechanics Candidate and budding dominator of rocky surfaces, David Sandel. (Yeah, that second link was a bit redundant, but I know Dave would like to see his Google search rank for his name move up. What a good friend I am, huh? Someday when my PageRank isn’t so dismal, that will be money in the bank.)

If you are one of the people that sees my work and is NOT particularly interested in exercise, please don’t think “Athlete Creator? Sounds like some boring gym shit to me!” because you will be missing out via this assumption. Dave is known to cover more psychological topics at his blog in recent times and this is something that I have attempted to roll with.

Short description is “my views on coffee, addiction, habit and the relationship between these things”. Long description is what you see if you click the link, so…. do that!

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  1. Hi Piers. Like the article. I think with this there is an element of semantics leading to fuzzy thinking. The terms habit and addiction have become somewhat conflated in the minds of many, and so they see any strong habit as an addiction. Definitely not the case. Strong, positive habits are the foundation of a meaningful life, whereas addictions are usually the opposite. Addictions denote a loss of control – I gotta do it even if I don’t enjoy it anymore. Habits are kept because we want to keep them.

    On a side issue – I would argue that your morning ritual is as much about family time as it is about coffee. If for some reason wife and baby were no longer around in the morning, you might find the coffee didn’t feel so good.

    Also, struggling to get my head around the semantics of this statement: “I think you can see already that I think the costs of maintaining are worse than the costs of cutting the habit.” Does it say what you mean or the opposite? Too many sort of double negatives in it for me and it seems to be saying the opposite. But then – I’m nearly 55.

    • Thank you for the comment. I agree completely on the relation to semantics and wanted to try and transmit that point of view in the article. I think it shows both how irrelevant language can be to reality but also how potent it can be in changing portrayal and perception.
      I also agree with the statement about the ritual in the morning relating to family time as much as coffee. I would actually openly say that it relates to that moreso than it does to coffee, but the coffee has now become entwined enough with that scenario that the association is very strong.
      I am used to experiencing good coffee in times where I feel happy, relaxed, content and loved. Thus, these feelings are now associated to coffee, due to context. Amazing how much power context can have in relation to sensory experience.

      Yes, I messed that sentence up. Interestingly enough, Ali must have missed that in proof reading too (albeit picking up a few other issues). It is meant to mean the opposite. The cost of maintaining is much lower to me than the cost of cutting.

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