Day 17/100 Ted Talks — Addiction

Corey Cottrell
3 min readMay 23, 2020

I’m watching 100 Ted Talks in 100 days and tracking the result to see how much it will effect my state of mind & work. You can check out the details and my very first check in HERE.

“(almost) Everything we know about addiction is wrong.”

He brings up the rat in a cage study. Rats given the choice between cocaine or pure water will tend to go for the drugs. But ONLY if the cage is empty. If the cage is full of friends and fun stuff to do… it picks the water. More on the Rat Park study.

Maybe we should stop call it “Addiction” and start calling it “Bonding”. We have an innate need to BOND with other people, with fun stuff, and in the absence of that…

Punishing addicts and shaming them, separating them from society with criminal records etc, is basically the perfect way to create more addiction in society.

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“The opposite of addiction isn’t sobriety, the opposite of addiction is CONNECTION

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