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Breaking Free: Unmasking the Blinders of Addiction

It is easier to be disciplined than it is to be unhappy.

~Chetana Karla Shakti

Have you ever found yourself trapped in behaviors or habits that you know are unfulfilling or even harmful? The human experience is filled with moments of dissatisfaction, yet we often continue down the same path, seemingly unable to break free. These perplexing questions about our choices and the reasons behind our reluctance to change are at the heart of our discussion today, inspired by Laurent Gounelle's thought-provoking book, "The Man Who Wanted to Be Happy."

In this blog, we'll explore the intriguing questions that Gounelle's work raises, questions that force us to examine the motivations behind our actions:

Warm Up Discussion questions sparked by book "The Man Who Wanted to Be Happy" by Laurent Gounelle:

  1. What led to your decision-making process, especially in situations where you were dissatisfied with your life?

  2. What factors have deterred you from attempting to change your life if you are dissatisfied with it?

  3. What keeps you enduring hardship and unhappiness in your life instead of seeking change or improvement?

Understanding the blinding forces "blinders" that can take control of our lives can be the first step toward liberation from addiction and the pursuit of a more fulfilling life. In the article that follows, we'll explore each of these factors in depth, shedding light on the complex journey toward breaking free from the chains of addiction. So, join us on this enlightening exploration, and let's begin the process of unmasking the blinders that keep us stuck.

The "blinders" that people often experience when stuck in unfulfilling addictions, particularly those related to dopamine-driven behaviors, can be attributed to several factors:

  1. Immediate Gratification: Dopamine is associated with the brain's reward system, and many addictive behaviors provide immediate pleasure or relief. This instant gratification can make it difficult for individuals to see beyond the short-term pleasure and consider the long-term consequences.

  2. Tolerance: Over time, the brain can become desensitized to the dopamine release from addictive behaviors, leading individuals to seek even greater levels of the addictive substance or behavior to achieve the same level of pleasure. This increased tolerance can trap them in a cycle of escalation.

  3. Withdrawal Symptoms: When addicted individuals try to quit or reduce their addictive behavior, they often experience withdrawal symptoms, which can be physically and psychologically distressing. These symptoms can serve as a powerful deterrent to change.

  4. Habit Formation: Repetitive behavior can become deeply ingrained as a habit, making it automatic and difficult to break. People may engage in addictive behaviors without even consciously considering the consequences.

  5. Coping Mechanism: Some individuals turn to addictive behaviors as a way to cope with stress, anxiety, or other emotional issues. These behaviors serve as a temporary escape or distraction from life's challenges, making them hard to give up without alternative coping strategies.

  6. Social and Environmental Factors: Social circles and environments that encourage or normalize addictive behaviors can act as reinforcing factors, making it harder for individuals to break free from their addictions.

  7. Lack of Awareness: Addiction can cloud a person's judgment and self-awareness, making it difficult for them to recognize the negative impact of their behavior on their overall well-being.

  8. Fear of Change: Change, even when beneficial, can be intimidating. People may fear the unknown and prefer the familiarity of their addiction, even if it's ultimately unfulfilling.

“Choose courage over comfort. Choose whole hearts over armor. And choose the great adventure of being brave over afraid. At the exact same time”

~Brene Brown

Breaking free from addiction often requires a combination of self-awareness, support from others, and the development of healthier coping mechanisms. It's a challenging process, but with the right resources and determination, individuals can overcome their addiction and pursue a more fulfilling life.


  1. What happens to a person if they don't recharge?

  2. Why are some people happier than others?

  3. What are the benefits of regular exercise for physical and mental health?

  4. How does a balanced diet contribute to overall well-being?

  5. Why is sleep important for our bodies and minds, and what happens when we don't get enough sleep?

  6. How does spending quality time with loved ones affect our emotional health?

  7. What are the consequences of neglecting to manage stress in our lives?

  8. Why is it essential to stay hydrated, and what happens when we don't drink enough water?

  9. How does practicing mindfulness or meditation contribute to mental clarity and emotional balance?

  10. What role does pursuing hobbies and interests play in our overall happiness and satisfaction?

  11. How does setting and achieving goals impact our sense of accomplishment and motivation?

  12. What are the effects of neglecting personal hygiene and self-care on physical and emotional well-being?

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