Emotional Addiction: Are You An ADDICT?

It’s Monday night and you sit down to work on your online business.  You just learned about video marketing, so you decide you’re gonna give it a shot.  But then you get out your video camera and all of a sudden, feelings of insecurity and fear come over you.  You say to yourself, ‘Gosh, I just don’t think I’m good at this… What if I look stupid?  What if no one likes it?  I just don’t have what it takes…’

And then you STOP.  You realize that these feelings of insecurity and fear seem quite familiar.  In fact, they’ve been accompanying you pretty much your entire life.  You’ve always felt somewhat insecure inside and not ‘good enough’.  These gut-wrenching emotions just keep rearing their ugly head over and over again.  When will you break this vicious cycle and start BELIEVING in the inherent power you have inside?

If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone.  All of us, as human beings, are actually ADDICTED to our emotions.  If you notice a pattern where you consistently feel a certain way… Whether it’s feelings of jealousy, greed, sadness, anger, victimization, insecurity, fear, or anything else… You are actually addicted to these emotions.  If you become consumed with a certain emotion and you just can’t stop it or control it, you must be addicted to it.

There is actually a physiological explanation for how this happens in our bodies… At the cellular level, we become addicted to the emotions we repetitively experience in our lives. But knowing this is actually quite EMPOWERING.  You don’t need to go to rehab or go seek a counselor… You just need to become ‘conscious’ of it.  And just by watching this video below, you’ll already have much more awareness about your emotional body and already be on path towards breaking free…

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The best part is… We can actually become ‘chemically’ addicted to happiness, joy, and love. If you consciously start inviting joy and love (especially for yourself!!) into your life, little by little, your body will start to crave these beautiful feelings.  And when you have happy cells, you’ll be a happy human being!

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I would LOVE to hear from you, so please leave a comment below with your thoughts!  What do you think about this?  What emotions do you feel addicted to?  Who in your life would greatly benefit from watching this video?

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John Harrigan May 16, 2009 at 5:34 pm


I want to compliment you as highly as I can. Your “emotional addiction article” is well written, and your video explains it so well! It is really HARD to talk in an understandable and simplified way about the topics you choose, but you do such a good job. Perhaps you will write a book? You have top talent. Also, I love your website and business. It is great to see the combination of things you do in such a good way! Wish you the best, John Harrigan


Christian May 16, 2009 at 6:28 pm

Hey there. This post really hits on an essential fact…that our patterns are actually addictive. It’s NOT easy to get on a different path, because we have momentum going in a particular direction already. It takes extra energy to switch gears. It’s important to know it, and it’s important to have a proper expectation of what it’s going to take to get the results you desire. It’s all there for you…but you have to do the work :)


Quinn Coats May 16, 2009 at 7:53 pm

Thanks Katie, that’s some amazing insight. I was looking into this same subject a few months ago. It led me to look into how these feelings or emotions actually link to one of my favorite emotions…”Happiness”. If you let certain emotions, or Addictions, get ahead of you, your brain will actually be stuck in a “perceived reality”, or what you “think” the particular situation should be. When the situation doesn’t match your brains false expectations, this is where the conflict comes in. The key is….to be able to recognize these false realities when they happen and not let them snowball into a negative emotion, like sadness, fear or anger. It’s good to make a conscious effort to catch certain perceptions or emotions before they snowball. Once you get the hang of it, it’s really pretty simple, although, I’m not an expert yet.

Thanks again for the great post.

Quinn Coats


Pawelotti May 16, 2009 at 9:06 pm

Nice post. I think the dark side of “love addiction” could provoke egoism, manipulation and selected ignorance. In these aspects will arise for you to make sure you get the joy and love you’re so addicted to.

So I think it’s also important to able to be at piece with certain unhappiness, once in a while. As long as it is balanced and proportional to what’s actually happening. Because yes: a lot of people are negativity, and they will sabotage their life to experience them. And if they don’t, they make sure they can feel miserable over anything.And I really wonder: if such a person reads your post and watches video, can they really “get” what you’re saying?


Jim Kitzmiller May 17, 2009 at 12:41 am

Awesome video, Katie. Very well said. There’s a guided meditation that helps people step out of thinking frenzies and uncomfortable emotions.



Nick Logan May 17, 2009 at 4:10 am

Hey katie. I learned alot from this. I have noticed lately that my emotion I struggle with is Anger. No matter what anyone says after I experience this, I feel justified in that anger. I later regret that I have the emotion. This video was very helpful.


Fathi Ridwan Basalamah May 17, 2009 at 6:30 am

Just look at the average persons all over the world, mostly they are just the average normal human being, as long as they are CONSCIOUS of themselves and around them.


Art May 17, 2009 at 7:00 am

Dear Katie,

I enjoyed reading your post and viewing your video clip!
I learned something today! What a difference a thought makes!

I must admit, you are a good social networker, an excellent
network marketer, not to mention a proficient internet marketer
all rolled into one! You got the talent and skill to do all
these things as an empowered entrepreneur.

And most importantly, you’re an awesome friend! Keep up the good work!

All my best,



Michael Cloke May 17, 2009 at 7:56 am

Well Katie –

Yet another fantastic blog post. I think I am addicted to listening and learing from/with you and this community. You consistently deliver blow away content that I am now starting to rely on. Stop it :) hahahaha

On a serious note, you articulate and make sense of my feelings/emotions and provide ways to deal with them. I have practiced self-denial i.e. desires/pleasures and this brings us closer to our innate inner peace where feelings and emotions seem to be suspended.

Prayer and meditation are my favourite ways to deal with this.

Thanks Again – Special One!


Michael Dell May 17, 2009 at 8:07 pm

Great post Katie, as always. I have not seen “What The Bleep Do We Know” yet but I will soon. Another great movie to watch is “The Secret”, I highly recommend it to anyone who has not seen it yet. Goes along with much of this post and the way you should be thinking.


Ivelina May 17, 2009 at 8:45 pm

This is one of the most amazing and powerful videos I have seen.Thank you so much for creating it and sharing it.
About 6 months ago I have read a book “The power of now”by Eckhart Toole.
I think about it now because I admire your ideas and I can only say “Thank you”.
The concept of being in the present moment has changed the way I enjoy every day.I have learned to do deep relaxation and energy recovery and It has been truly amazing.
Thank you again.
Warmest regards


Kelly May 18, 2009 at 12:32 am

I appreciated this video so much today! Although I was already aware of this, I had forgotten. I just played in the semi-finals of a USTA Tennis Tournament. I was playing someone I know and I knew it would be a tough match. There were alot of details to the match up that I was having a very I degree of Anxiety and lost the first set 6-1! I started to breatthwork to help shift it. It finally shifted but too late lost 2nd set 7-5. I have had an addiction to anxiety for sometime. I am now creating addiction to more empowering emotions!!!!Thank You!!


Tatyana Gann May 18, 2009 at 12:45 am

Hey Katie

Your video spoke to me and what you said about people fears and what everyone would think. I agree we must change our addiction by being aware.. Amen to that!
Hey I recommend books by Sanaya Roman. I have been reading them about awareness and energy. You would love them..

Have an amazing weekend. Tatyana


Darwin De Bois May 18, 2009 at 4:47 am

Hi Katie,
This article brings back memories from 50 years ago. Sience in High school or Psychology in Collage. The hyperthalmus and the peptides that control emotions. Yes it is the emotions that can make people sick or to stay healthy. The mind is an encredible thing. A chemical factory for creating our own medications. An internal pharmacy.
For people that don’t beleave in God or some supreme being, find it very hard to explain how our bodies are designed to function as efficiently as they do. And it all starts with something smaller than the period at the end of this sentance.

Very well done as food for thought.
Thanks, Katie

Darwin De Bois


Mike Keller May 19, 2009 at 12:13 am


I really love this post it was amazing. I have never really connected with someone on the first video I watch of them but I did this time. You really explain it on a level of understanding.

thank you so much for this information


nick b May 19, 2009 at 10:56 am

stepping out of your comfort zone is one of the best things in my opinion to help you grow and develop as an entrepreneur.

If you are not challenging yourself daily or facing your fears your just not growing, being an entrepreneur is more than just owning a business.

It is all about challenging yourself conquering your fears and taking control of your life.

thanks Katie you are doing a really great job



Therese Miu May 19, 2009 at 7:07 pm

Thank you for the message.


Betsy May 21, 2009 at 3:07 am

I say “ditto” to what John Harrington says! Very well done and informative in an easy and comfortable way. Thank you for reminding me that I DO have control and can change my emotions.


Rodney Jansen May 21, 2009 at 6:06 am

We are guided by our sub conscious thoughts that are the residual effects of our life experiences. With discipline and determination we can create a new reality by shifting our thoughts to what we want to be, not what we currently see. Picture the perfect you, what would that look like, feel like. When you can create those feelings… it becomes the reality of a new you, guided once again by your new sub conscious thoughts


Tracy Paye May 21, 2009 at 6:11 pm


You don’t even know how important it was that I saw this video today. There is no doubt that I am addicted to emotions. Mostly comes in the form of anxiety, depression and rejection. I’ve watched What The Bleep and I am very familiar with this concept. I guess today was the day I needed this reminder.

Thank you

Miss Organized


Will Smith June 3, 2009 at 5:02 am

Hey Katie,

Your words are so true indeed! I’ve been a learn time student of Ramtha, The School of Enlightenment where the three directors of “What the Bleep” got that most powerfully liberating knowlegde from. I’ve witnessed in my own life that focusing on the NEGATIVE ADDICTIVE aspect of the equation (WHICH A LOT of NEW seekers of the TRUTH have the tendency to do) actually perpetuates the cascade of the chemicals (what you focus upon persist…as alot of people practicing those principles still haven’t realized that acknowlegding your addition to your emotions tends to send people in a even deeper negative spiral. However, realizing the issue is there, yet see it as an indicator of your momentarily splintering from the source (GOD) or whatever one choses to call their higher power)and/or a sign post to make a pivot in your thought process, I have found to be a lot less daunting on our overall self image, so as to not create farther depression. I can write a Blog post of my own about this sensitive yet liberating subject….But here are just my thoughts…Love your Mind!!!! Keep it up! You Rock!!!!!!!!!!!

Will Smith


Andrew Goland June 7, 2009 at 9:22 pm

Hi there Katie,
I am the Andrew that spoke with you on the phone a while back. Maybe you remember me talking when you were on Maui. Anyway I just wanted to complement you on this post you have added a little more to my already “de-programming the negative” routine. Knowing that it is the thought that triggers our state of mind, I found that if I write down the anxious or depressing thought and then write a positive rebuttal to it it takes out that chunk of bad feelings. Writing gets you directly into the present moment where you can deal with thought in a more real way.



Damayanthi June 8, 2009 at 9:00 pm

Hey Katie,

You are so right, fear is the most common emotion we all have. Thanks for going into details of how we get addicted to our emotions and best of all how to get around them by understanding.

Very grateful for to you for sharing.


Gene July 15, 2009 at 1:06 pm

I love that movie. It change the way I believed in everything. It’s nice to know that there are open-minded people such as yourself out in the world. Great video. It’s kinda weird, I ran into this site on accident. Oh well, I’m glad I found myself here.

.-= Gene´s last blog ..Welcome to MYIBC.info =-.


Gil Pizano July 20, 2009 at 4:46 am

Hi Katie,

Very good article, as usual. Emotions and how we become addicted to the way we express our emotions is such a critical understanding of out own well being. Thanks for creating this video and article.

warm regards,

.-= Gil Pizano´s last blog ..You Can Discover Culture on Social Media and Social Networking Sites These Days! =-.


Jordan Klimp August 17, 2009 at 2:47 am

By guiding ourselves to habitually Envision our Joy, and keep our always expanding thoughts towards more good feeling emotions, we will be in a good feeling place where our peceptions will be clear and where we will pave a road for our life to follow, that we will naturally thrive in and truly manifest our desires. One of my altime favorite page: http://www.envisionjoy.com
.-= Jordan Klimp´s last blog ..Integrating Empowerment & Financial Freedom =-.


Matt August 18, 2009 at 3:13 am

Hi Katie,

Thanks for everything! I’m a huge fan of you and Steve Pavlina!

I it’s hard for so many people to break these cycles of emotional addiction, myself included. I’ve noticed that even small changes in my thinking or daily routine always become catalysts for bigger changes later on. One change for me was starting martial arts training. This decision ultimately led to a confrontation of many fears and much personal growth. Also, being near people that have powerful, truthful and positive thinking helped me break those cycles very quickly.

In the spirit of 80-20, please let me know if I can do anything to help you!

Thanks again!


Alex Lim August 31, 2009 at 5:03 am

Thanks for creating awareness about this issue Katie, they say that what you don’t know won’t hurt you but it is really different when it comes to this topic; knowing the phenomenon behind our emotions help us to find ways to manage our problems. In other words, recognizing the process will be beneficial for us since we can make it as a basis for solutions to overcome overwhelming emotions. I always believe that abstract or intangible feelings have a relationship physiologically. Although, I don’t know the process how things yield up. I’m really glad I have read this post. ss
.-= Alex Lim ´s last blog ..Tony Robbins, Frank Kern, And John Reese Interview =-.


Ulla October 15, 2009 at 1:13 pm

I thought your video was great and I just saw it at the right time feeling a bit down. I haven’t for maybe 1 month been on a stable contempt. In fact I have been feeling bad for most of my life so I guess it’s not over yet(the addiction coming back as it craves the fear) and well there you are with this great message and video. THANK YOU also want to share this with everybody:


If it helps, I forgot about that one a very good friend told me, I thought of this when I saw your video.




Cheryl Veon October 29, 2009 at 11:30 pm

Hi Katie,

You are a truly amazing person and right on target.

You make a difference in people’s lives!

Thanks for sharing!!!

Cheryl Veon


Shannon Tecson March 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm

Aloha Katie:
I love your peace shirt! This explanation of yours was one of the many favorite parts in the movie that I enjoyed about the cells. I am now addicted to inviting more love and joy into my life therefore, everyday I go looking for the miracles daily and give thanks in the moment. There is also caution on my part for this because, I too can sometimes become aware that I’m emotionally addicted to laziness–yes laziness! I’m laughing to myself because there has been a consistency in the past of such good feelings that laziness brings, the emotion of cuddling in my bed with a good book. Plus and minus I guess, as long as those times are put into my schedule!

Great post Katie!

.-= Shannon Tecson´s last blog ..Amongst Other Gifts You Can Gain Through A Home Based Business =-.


Jordan Klimp April 15, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Your awesome Katie! We appreciate you more than you my know:)
.-= Jordan Klimp´s last blog ..The Magic in Emotional Self Guidance =-.


Jordan Klimp April 15, 2010 at 9:19 pm

Love your shirt by the way:)
.-= Jordan Klimp´s last blog ..The Magic in Emotional Self Guidance =-.


Chuck Bluestein May 23, 2010 at 2:17 pm

I also saw that movie “What the Bleep Do We Know.” You are a scientist. There are different types of sciences. Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania is one of the best business schools in the country. Donald Trump graduated from there.

People who graduate do not get a bachelor of arts in business. They get a bachelor of science in business. So you are a scientist when it comes to business. Did you know that people who start cutting their bodies, get addicted to it? Actually everyone is permanently addicted to being happy since that is their true nature.
.-= Chuck Bluestein´s last blog ..Senator Arlen Specter =-.


Chuck Bluestein May 23, 2010 at 2:20 pm

I see the comment where the guy commented on your shirt. I can recognize it as the symbol for peace from decades ago. It was very popular among hippies.
.-= Chuck Bluestein´s last blog ..Senator Arlen Specter =-.


Sukie Baxter May 26, 2010 at 4:54 am

I’ve known about this for years, seen it in my clients, experienced it in my own body. I just dove into Molecules of Emotion a few months ago. I also LOVE Emilie Conrad’s work with Continuum and her book Life on Land. Inner awareness is the most profound tool we can possibly gain!
.-= Sukie Baxter´s last blog ..Rolfing is NOT Torture =-.


Francesco May 31, 2010 at 2:25 am

Yeah thoughts are magnetic and so are emotions…When you repeatedly come back to a thought in a few hours, you become addicted to that. The more you think something, the easier it gets to think of that subject. And Emotion is always related to a thought :)
.-= Francesco´s last blog ..Why are you so beautiful? Because I’m happy! =-.


Francesco May 31, 2010 at 2:29 am

That’s why it’s Key to know how you are Feeling right now. For what you are thinking and feeling right now creates what you’ll be thinking and feeling in your future. All the power is NOW, we go on repeating this and it’s never Enough, because all of the power remains always in the NOW.
Thank you for sharing!!!

.-= Francesco´s last blog ..Why are you so beautiful? Because I’m happy! =-.


Jennifer May July 13, 2010 at 1:52 am

Wow Katie! Loved this one! As since my Personal Development Journey started just a couple years ago… since then I have believed that we bring into our lives what we feel, think and am. This is very similar to that when you think about it…

I truly enjoyed this as I never thought of it this way… but it is so very true! And when you learn how to truly be addicted to happiness, it will definitely flow into your life!

Great stuff and learned something new here! Thanks! :)
.-= Jennifer May´s last blog ..A NEW Day… A NEW Vibe- An Inspiring Note From Me To You… =-.


Luis September 11, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Hi Katie,

You are sooo right. You hit right in the spot.
Luis´s last blog post ..Phentermine Adipex Side Effects


Carlos M. October 4, 2010 at 10:52 pm

I appreciate your insights
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Aaron December 18, 2010 at 4:52 pm

I just needed to tell you this helped me a lot. Thank you, I really needed this.


Steve December 21, 2010 at 12:56 am

Isn’t love (or the perception of being in love) then just an emotional addiction?


Wheeley January 9, 2011 at 10:56 am

Nice post!
Keep it up


Krigger January 16, 2011 at 11:11 am

Good thought!
Keep posting


Neha February 27, 2011 at 11:10 am

The article is well written and the video has such a simple and comprehensive explanation. I work in a deaddiction center. And I always want to learn more about such things. I was always wondering what it means to be emotionally addicted in a lil more scientific way. So thats for sharing this knowledge :) Good job!


Melanie June 21, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Thank you!! Recently watched “What the Bleep Do We Know” and now seeing your video greatly complimented and reinforced the truth of the daily emotional struggle. Glad to find useful and uplifting information on the WWW!! ~Peace


Dan November 7, 2011 at 9:35 am

Yeah! Happy cells is the key.


Cathrine July 6, 2012 at 4:22 am

I agree with some of the other comments. You explain it very well. I have been working on using mindfullness to deal with my emotions trying not to identify with my emotions. Your post is excellent. Some emotional habits are hard to break. I had not thought of it as a biochemical issue before. Thank you!


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