“Rat Park” and surprising research on the social/emotional roots of addiction

This is a fascinating short animated video on the social/emotional underpinnings of addiction. According to research psychologist Bruce Alexander, its not drugs or alcohol (or porn or chocolate or screens or shopping) that creates addiction.  We’ve had it all wrong!

What do you think of his theory?  If it is true, what do we need to be doing as a society to make our human experience a bit more like “rat park?”



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