always want more of what's easy and sweet."
Freud first discovered the Pleasure principle that says,
"Our emotions will tend to want more of anything that
gives pleasure and to avoid any discomfort or pain."
If something feels good, our emotions want more of it.
Most problems occur when we get lured by our feelings
into giving into something just because it feels good. For
instance, we may feel good at first for giving in to some
sweet temptation or avoiding some unpleasant task.
But that action soon causes a vicious circle to ensue.
Giving in to it may make us feel good in the short run,
but leave us feeling worse about ourself afterwards for
having weakened ourself and increased our vulnerability
the next time a temptation comes our way.
Then in order to drown that bad feeling, we're even more
likely to give in again to something that temporarily makes
us feel good.
Can you identify things that you do that make you feel good
or relieve tension in the short run, but leave you feeling weaker
or worse about yourself afterwards?
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