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Former good article nominee Addictive personality was a Social sciences and society good articles nominee, but did not meet the good article criteria at the time. There are suggestions below for improving the article. Once these issues have been addressed, the article can be renominated. Editors may also seek a reassessment of the decision if they believe there was a mistake.
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Input[edit]

After reviewing this article I felt that there was a large amount of great information. Also that the article was pretty well organized. There were a couple pieces in the article that caught my eye. One thing was at the beginning where it says addictive personality and then defines it sounds good, but then you have a sub-title descriptions and most of the information from above is getting repeated. I feel that it might sound better if you put that all together. There were a couple sentences that were hard to follow because of grammar. Under signs and symptoms it talks mainly about stress. Is there any other symptoms or signs? Add in line citations. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Atibbett (talkcontribs) 05:16, 9 November 2011 (UTC)

Basically good information. What I have found with a person diagnosed as such , is that they are becoming addicted to prescribed amphetamines to offset the depressive aspects , real and imagined that they experience.

With this article I feel as a lot could be expanded on: there could be a section on the debate on addictive personalities, ways to help addictive personalities (not just treatment), and more citations could be added through out. Work on formatting a bit, something seems off with the citations at the end. Also try to find more of a flow between the sections. Good start but more can be added. Keep expanding — Preceding unsigned comment added by mhildebr (talkcontribs)

Please watch your grammar. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kjmastin (talkcontribs) 05:05, 7 December 2011 (UTC)

Citations[edit]

There are presently no citations, but there are lots of claims! jrun (talk) 10:39, 20 March 2011 (UTC)

I agree. And also what are all those stuff in parentheses throughout the article ? Like ("Addiction/Addictive Personality") or (Eng) ? Wawawemn (talk) 19:20, 20 March 2011 (UTC)

Oh OK I just realized what's going on, those are supposed to be the citations. Maybe someone with more Wikipedia-editing knowledge can fix the citations? Otherwise I'll do it as soon as I find the enough time to learn how.Wawawemn (talk) 19:23, 20 March 2011 (UTC)

So no one here (including me) knows how to do inline citations? lol, we're I bright bunch ;-p I'll try to learn the notation method soon. I feel embarrassed for editing but not inderstanding how an essential formatting like citations work. jrun (talk) 23:58, 16 May 2011 (UTC)

The sources also seem to be disreputable, one of them is an encyclopedic entry and the others would appear to be non peer reviewed articles. Better sources would be a good jumping off point for a rewrite of this article. 67.171.37.245 (talk) 07:42, 27 July 2011 (UTC)

Edit request[edit]

Could someone please clean up this article and make citations inline? Either that or put it back in a sandbox... Please? jrun (talk) 18:14, 23 June 2011 (UTC)

Link to mental illnesses[edit]

Are people with particular mental illnesses e.g. bipolar disorder significantly more likely to have addictive personalities? 188.29.103.8 (talk) 16:36, 20 July 2011 (UTC)

Editing[edit]

We are college students in an introductory psychology class working on editing different psychology articles as a part of the WikiProject. We plan to improve the addictive personality article by adding inline citations and improving the content of the article. We hope to improve this article to the best of our ability and help people become more aware of what an addictive personality is. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Cammy.carlson1 (talkcontribs) 21:59, 13 October 2011 (UTC)

Revision Proposals[edit]

Our group, upon Wikipedia’s request, is going to edit the in-text citations and citations in general. In hopes of doing this, it will make the article, “Addictive Personality,” more credible. Wikipedia has also requested that there should be more links between addictive personality and mental illnesses. We plan on constructing several paragraphs on mental illnesses that relate to addictive personality traits. In hopes of doing this, it will satisfy what Wikipedia is asking for. Another concept that we are going to edit is everything that Wikipedia already has in the article by researching the already provided information and adding more substance and credibility. For example, we will add more information on symptoms, common forms of addictiveness, and long-term treatment. We will also expand on the concepts of addictive personality and cell phone usage. In addition to those edits, we are going to incorporate different forms of addictive personalities to make others aware that addictive personalities do not just include drug and alcohol addictions. We are going to research other specific types of addictions and relate it to addictive personality traits, such as addictive tanning and social networking. In hope of doing this, we want to make the public more aware of addictive personality in its entirety.Mcarey15 (talk) 01:18, 21 October 2011 (UTC)

While I read this article, there is just one thing I got a little confused about. What does the (Eng) mean? Maybe try and clarify or maybe I just missed something. I don't know if it was a reference? Is this the same thing that is happening with (Nelson) and everything else that is in parentheses? I see that you guys are trying to work on the citations, and is that what the (Nelson) is? Just giving credit, but not making it into the footnote? And if it is try and find that source, or one similar that says the same thing? Other wise great work! — Preceding unsigned comment added by 138.129.200.80 (talk) 23:35, 8 November 2011 (UTC)

Could the part of the article describing neurotic addictions be expanded? I feel like you guys are doing a good job with the article, however I feel you can expand it more still in certain areas and provide more research based examples to back up some information. Otherwise, nice! lol

— Preceding unsigned comment added by 138.129.200.75 (talk) 23:41, 8 November 2011 (UTC) 

Review[edit]

Very informative article and for me it was very understandable which is often very difficult to do with some of the articles like this. Things to work on have been touched on by many of the other editors, but I will just restate them again from my perspective. The footnotes are the most notable, there are only three present, and I feel they could be very useful for cleaning up some of the intext citations and make a lot less work for you. Wikipedia Footnotes Help They will help with flow through some of the more informative sections you have such as Signs and Symptoms and Common forms of Addictive Behavior. The only other "nit pick" thing I saw was the large amount of links in the Description portion. They seem to be very simple subjects such as gambling, food, exercise, etc; these are subjects with which most readers will have a strong base knowledge so the links to their pages are less important. Other than those things I enjoyed the article and I wish you luck in your future edits! — Preceding unsigned comment added by OzzyOman (talkcontribs) 23:03, 9 November 2011 (UTC)

Review[edit]

I tried to make a new page for Cell Phone Addiction, but some monkey deleted it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cell_phone_addiction Anyone else want to try to see if they have better luck? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 75.133.73.146 (talk) 15:35, 3 December 2011 (UTC)

GA Review[edit]

This review is transcluded from Talk:Addictive personality/GA1. The edit link for this section can be used to add comments to the review.

Reviewer: TonyTheTiger (talk · contribs) 20:52, 4 December 2011 (UTC)

I will do this.--TonyTheTiger (T/C/BIO/WP:CHICAGO/WP:FOUR) 20:52, 4 December 2011 (UTC)

Do you have any suggestions to make this article worthy of good article status? We've done our best at trying to fix the in-line citations and adding references. Mcarey15 (talk)

I will get to this review. I apologize, but I spent 10 hours in the hospital today related to some personal issues. I will get a look at this soon.--TonyTheTiger (T/C/BIO/WP:CHICAGO/WP:FOUR) 21:32, 5 December 2011 (UTC)
Unfortunately, I am quickfailing this article. The solution to inline citations is not to put a citation at the end of each paragraph. The objective of inline citations is to have a citation immediately after each fact.
The article needs extensive wikification to add internal links.--TonyTheTiger (T/C/BIO/WP:CHICAGO/WP:FOUR) 00:22, 6 December 2011 (UTC)

So for clarification, what if an entire paragraph is literally ALL facts from the same article, do we still need to cite after every sentence? Please help us! Mcarey15 (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 02:50, 6 December 2011 (UTC).

Okay, my fellow team members and I went through the article and fixed places where a fact was stated but was not supported with a citation. We also made many more external links. Does this make it a good article then? Mcarey15 (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 03:37, 6 December 2011 (UTC).

  • Sorry, no. There are plenty of problems here, and I can list you a couple.
    • The article needs a copy editor, plain and simple. Between the first and the second sentence a space is missing--smaller and bigger errors are plentiful, and the Manual of Style is not followed (see capitalization in section titles, for instance).
    • The references are unattractive and unwieldy. References should be combined (look at how many notes refer to the same NYT article), and a different system should be devised, with a separate bibliography. Refer to other Good Articles or Featured articles for examples. Actually, the very first thing that should be done, after copy edits, is study WP:NAMEDREFS and clean up the list of references.
    • Too much of the article consists a list of addictions: its coverage is in no way broad enough. The DSM isn't mentioned, for instance; there is no history of the concept (it is not an old term); too much of the information is based on newspaper articles, not on scientific, peer-reviewed publications.

Them's the shakes. The article is in no shape to be promoted, and I think it is going to need much more than a good cleanup, but improvement will have to start somewhere. Drmies (talk) 05:04, 6 December 2011 (UTC)

Compliance with the Manual of Style is not on the WP:Good article criteria, so it can't legitimately be failed over issues like capitalization in section headings.
Also, only five types of facts—direct quotations, statistics, published opinion, counter-intuitive or controversial statements that are challenged or likely to be challenged, and contentious material relating to living persons—must be supported by an inline citation for GA status, not "all". Citations may be bundled at the end of paragraphs. A copy of the citation at the end of every sentence is not required. Wikipedia:Inline citation#Citation_density has a simple description. WhatamIdoing (talk) 19:43, 6 December 2011 (UTC)
I didn't say it would be failed over caps--that's the most minorest of the issues I brought up. Thanks, Drmies (talk) 20:50, 6 December 2011 (UTC)

Editing hints[edit]

So, I gather this page is being edited as a group project - that's pretty cool :) I'll stick some hints/tips here to help with editing Wikipedia (here and in the future). Some of the policy's and style guides can be confusing to pick up at first.. Tip #1 is that duplicate references can be "named" so that they only appear once in the references list, even if used multiple times in the prose. See, for example, this edit that I just made. More to come! --Errant (chat!) 11:07, 6 December 2011 (UTC)

  • Errant, thank you for that. You hit the nail on the head, and even a cursory glance at the page shows what an effect that has. Thanks again, Drmies (talk) 15:05, 6 December 2011 (UTC)
  • I've done the same thing for the Bryce Nelson article in the New York Times. See the edit history; I've tried to explain step by step. Drmies (talk) 17:24, 6 December 2011 (UTC)

GA Review[edit]

This review is transcluded from Talk:Addictive personality/GA2. The edit link for this section can be used to add comments to the review.

Reviewer: Muboshgu (talk · contribs) 18:21, 6 December 2011 (UTC)

Let me take a look here. – Muboshgu (talk) 18:21, 6 December 2011 (UTC)

Quickfail: I'm really not sure why this article was renominated so quickly. A number of the issues brought up at Talk:Addictive personality/GA1 still remain. The article needs substantial copy editing, reference cleanup, and to be added to categories, and that's just for starters. Please don't renominate until these issues are dealt with. – Muboshgu (talk) 18:32, 6 December 2011 (UTC)


I have chosen this article to review for a Psychology course that I am currently enrolled in, however I am hesitant to make edits to the actual article. Based on all the above chatter with regards to this article, I am requesting to make grammatical corrections, add information to 'Treatments' and also add to the description that the term "Addictive Personality Disorder" (which is used further down in the article) is not a legitimate DSM disorder. Does anyone have any objections to this? Hieraths1 (talk) 16:19, 26 March 2012 (UTC) Didn't hear any objections, and am planning to proceed with edits to the article. Hieraths1 (talk) 15:42, 27 March 2012 (UTC)


For the past 3 months, I have been enrolled in a course in which we worked with the APS Wikipedia Initiative group in order to improve certain articles on Wikipedia. The following are my thoughts on how the article could be reworded/formatted and also some information that could be added.

For the Introduction: INTRO The term Addictive Personality refers to a type of personality that consists of certain traits which may increase the probability that an individual could suffer from addiction, also known as substance dependence. People who are substance dependent are characterized by a physical or psychological dependency that negatively impacts the quality of life.[1] These people are frequently connected with substance abuse; however, people with addictive personalities are also highly at risk of becoming addicted to other activities such as gambling, food, pornography, exercise, work, and even relationships (codependency).[1] Scientists have been better able to understand addictive personalities as researchers delve further into understanding the chemistry of addiction[1] Alan R. Lang of Florida State University, author of an addiction study prepared for the National Academy of Sciences, said, "If we can better identify the personality factors, they can help us devise better treatment and can open up new strategies to intervene and break the patterns of addiction."[1] Currently the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) does not identify Addictive Personality Disorder as a legitimate Personality disorder. The majority of research that has been conducted with respect to addiction and personality mostly focuses on how different individuals respond or experience addiction, and also what contributes to the likelihood of developing an addiction.

For the Description: DESCRIPTION An addictive personality disorder could potentially be defined as a psychological set of traits that makes a person more susceptible or predisposed to develop addictions. This can include anything from drug and alcohol abuse to pornography, gambling, Internet, videogames, food, exercise, work and even relationships with others.[2] Experts describe the spectrum of behaviors designated as addictive in terms of five interrelated concepts which include: patterns, habits, compulsions, impulse control disorders, and physical addiction.[2] An individual is considered to be at the risk of developing such addictions when he/she displays signs of impulsive behavior, nonconformity combined with a weak commitment to the goals for achievement valued by the society, a sense of social alienation, and a sense of heightened stress.[1] Such a person may switch from one addiction to another; or even sustain multiple addictions at different times.[2]

For Signs and Symptoms: SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS People who are suffering from addiction are currently defined as having a "brain disease", and promoted as such by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and other authorities.[3] People suffering from addiction may be much more sensitive to stress. They may struggle to handle situations that they deem frustrating, even if the event is for a very short duration. They may also lack self-esteem and can show impulsive behavior such as excessive caffeine consumption, Internet usage, eating of chocolates or other sugar-laden foods, television watching, or even running.[1] Extraversion, self-monitoring, and loneliness are also common characteristics associated with those who suffer from addiction.[4] Individuals who score high on self-monitoring are more prone to developing an addiction.[4] High self-monitors are sensitive to social situations;[4] they act how they think others expect them to act. People who are typically associated with addiction may also have a tendency to please and/or try to fit in with others and may also have a somewhat dependent personality., Hence they are very easily influenced by others and are more likely to things that others wouldn’t in order to be accepted. Likewise, those who have low self-esteem also seek peer-approval, therefore, they participate in "attractive" activities such as smoking or drinking to try to fit in.[4] People who tend to suffer from addiction find it difficult to manage their stress levels. In fact, lack of stress tolerance could be is a telltale sign of the proposed disorder.[2] They find it difficult to face stressful situations and fight hard to get out of such conditions. Long-term goals prove difficult to achieve because people with an addictive personality usually focus on the stress that comes with getting through the short-term goals.[2] People with such personality traits may often switch to other enjoyable activities the moment that they are deprived of enjoyment in their previous addiction.[2] Addictive individuals may feel highly insecure when it comes to relationships. They may often find it difficult to make commitments in relationships or trust their beloved because of the difficulty they find in achieving long-term goals.[1] Some individuals constantly seek approval of others and as a result, these behaviors misunderstandings may contribute to the destruction of relationships. People suffering from addiction usually also suffer from depression and anxiety, managing their emotions by developing addiction to alcohol, other types of drugs, or other pleasurable activities.[1] An addict is more prone to depression, anxiety, and anger.[5] Both the addict's environment, genetics and biological tendencies contribute to their addiction.[5] People with very severe personality disorders are more likely to become addicts. Addictive substances usually stop primary and secondary neuroses meaning people with personality disorders like the relief from their pain that comes from the abused substance.[5]

For Compulsive Buying: Compulsive buying Another form of behavior associated with people who may suffer from an addictive personality is compulsive buying disorder. Compulsive buying is different from regular product consumption? and different from hoarding because it is about the process of buying.[9] It is not about the items bought. In fact, these items are usually never used and are just put away.[9] They are only bought purely for the sake of buying. People who are addicted to buying describe it as a high or say that it gives them a buzz.[9] Often, when someone suffering from this is depressed, they will go out and buy items to make themselves feel better. However, compulsive buying obviously has some negative effects. These may include financial debt, psychological issues, and interpersonal and marital conflict.[9] To those who suffer from compulsive buying, the act is the same as using a drug.[9] People who suffer from compulsive buying usually suffer from another disorder. One study found that 20% of compulsive buyers also suffer from an eating disorder.[10] Other disorders that go hand-in-hand include mood disorders, depression, and anxiety. Compulsive buying contributes to these psychological problems because sufferers often become dependent and addicted to the behavior.[10] Compulsive buying puts the person in a positive mood at the time of a purchase. But afterwards, the person feels intense guilt and anxiety about their purchases.[10] Treatment for compulsive buying, at this point in time, includes cognitive behavioral therapy.[9] One way to minimize compulsive buying is education. One study found that adolescents who have taken a class or course about financial education and planning were less likely to buy products impulsively.[10] This is a trend that could eventually lead to compulsive buying.

For Cell Phone Use: [Cell phone use] Another form of behavior that may be associated with someone who possesses addictive personality traits is problematic cell phone use. A recent study indicates that people who are addicted to their cell phones share common traits with those who suffer from an addictive personality or addiction.[4] Characteristics such as self-monitoring, low self-esteem, and peer approval-motivation are commonly found in those who are addicted to their cell phones as well as those who suffer from any other addiction such as alcoholism.[4] Despite personality characteristics leading to addictive tendencies, cell phones themselves can partly be blamed for contributing to addiction. Improvements in cell phones such as GPS, music players, cameras, web browsing, and e-mail can make them an indispensable instrument to an individual.[4] Technological advancements reinforce the over-attachment people have to their cell phones, thus contributing to addiction.[4]

I also think it would be beneficial to add the following section, titled Background Information about Addiction, to maybe be placed prior to the addiction types

[Background Information about Addiction] [To be inserted before the list of potential addictions]

There are many different factors that can impact an individual with respect to addiction. Typically with substance abuse, an individual will become not only behaviorally addicted to the substance, but also physiologically addicted. In order to be considered addicted to a substance or even activity, an individual must experience two key things: tolerance and withdrawal. When an individual who suffers from physiological dependence reaches a point when they require more of the substance in order to experience the same effect, the individual is said to have a tolerance for that substance. When a physiologically dependent individual begins to experience negative physical symptoms such as vomiting, headaches and sometimes tremors from not having ingested the substance, this individual is said to be experiencing withdrawal. Both withdrawal and tolerance are signs of addiction and can be experienced with both the substances and the activities listed below (Barlow 2012).

It should also be mentioned that dependence can occur without abuse. Dependence basically occurs when the body becomes used to the substance or activity of interest. It is when this substance or activity no longer achieves the same effects as before, or when its effects are physically “missed” by the body that an individual is considered dependent. If the substance or activity is experienced frequently enough, it will not take long before dependence sets in, even if the level of exposure is hardly harmful or abusive (Barlow 2012).

Another section that could be added would be:

[Factors that contribute to addiction]

Environmental Individuals who are brought up in households where substances are abused are at a greater risk of later developing addictions. (Could be expanded)

Biological There is research to suggest that our biology plays a role in addiction. Some individuals may possess certain traits that predispose them to developing addictions. (Could be expanded)

Behavioral Physiological dependence, also known as addiction, can be developed through repeated and frequent exposure to certain substances or activities. (Could be expanded)

All of the information I added to the article for this draft came from Abnormal Psychology by David Barlow and V. Durand, 6th edition. citation listed below (not formatted):

Treatment of Substance-Related Disorders. (2012). In David Barlow & V. Durand., Abnormal Psychology, (6th ed., pp. 419-424). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. Retrieved March 5, 2012 , from cengage Learning's eText Collection. via Cengage Learning's eText Collection.: http://vrle.go.galegroup.com:80/vrle/start.do?prod=VRL&userGroupName=36c1b15fead363ec:-bd86eac:132e328d071:-6e27&eISBN=9781111357191

If anybody finds this information useful, they are more than welcome to put it into the article. I hope it provides a better understanding of what an Addictive Personality is. Thank you! Hieraths1 (talk) 21:11, 3 May 2012 (UTC)


Addictive Personalities Critiques of current article: Article neglects to mention: - addictive personality as a disorder is much debated topic o many believe it lacks enough scientific research to be considered a theory o others believe that there are definite similarities in personality traits across different types of addicted people - a clear definition of common traits among these people that make them more susceptible to addictions o Impulsive o “No delayed gratification” o Depression o Antisocial traits o Stress-management - Biopsychosocial causes of the traits o Brain development – dopamine levels in brain, seeking reward o Social development – desire to be rebellious, reasons why a person could have developed this affinity towards rebellion (Freud, Erikson, childhood theories) Article puts too much emphasis on: - Types of addictions, but places too little focus on why/how these addictions form o Neglects to describe how each of these addictions relates to the next as this personality spans across desires - Treatment o More should be focused on psychotherapy and behavioral therapy


To- do list: - combine description with signs & symptoms section to make definition of the personality more clear - make specific traits defined - add external links and references of our own and where marked as needed in the existing article (bring it up to good criteria standards) - remove references to original research or claims that have no real basis/evidence - look at possibility of addictive personality through different theories - link out to related articles (potentially sensation seeking, internal arousal, behavioral theory, psychodynamics, etc) - section about what addictive personality may be related to (eating disorders, gambling, drugs, other behaviors) and what that connection might actually look like - expand treatment section - distinguish what “addictive personality” from being at risk for an addiction or having a predisposition for a certain behavior/disorder - tests of addictive personality (such as MacAndrew Alcoholism Scale) and their reliability/ validity Article outline: Addictive Personality Brief description Description Critiques from field Support from field Common Traits Causes Biological Psychological Social What it looks like – interrelation of addictions Examples of addictions Treatment Behavioral therapy Psychotherapy Self-soothe Medication

Potential sources for additional information and link outs: - http://www.nytimes.com/1983/01/18/science/the-addictive-personality-common-traits-are-found.html?pagewanted=all - http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/bb/neuro/neuro04/web1/mcurtiss.html - http://www.umassmed.edu/news/2012/community/adolescent-psychiatrist-talks-about-addictive-personalities.aspx - http://www.erikbohlin.net/Handouts/personality_traits_of_addiction.htm - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22177401 - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22398819 - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9775962 - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14733449 - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22882397 - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7960304 - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10957796 - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11505909 - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3437410 http://www.livestrong.com/article/19257-addictive-personality-disorder-symptoms/ http://www.livestrong.com/article/13068-spot-addictive-personality/ http://www.livestrong.com/article/103709-addictive-personality-characteristics/ http://www.healthguidance.org/entry/15805/1/Addictive-Personality-Disorder.html — Preceding unsigned comment added by Townzerz (talkcontribs) 20:56, 22 October 2012 (UTC)

citations added[edit]

We went and added some information and added in citations where the article indicated they were necessary. Is there a way to remove the cautions from the top of the article, or could someone provide feedback that the quality standards have truly been met?Townzerz (talk) 01:54, 28 November 2012 (UTC)

Thank you for asking! Everybody can remove the cautions when they think they are superfluous. Lova Falk talk 08:57, 28 November 2012 (UTC)
I would like to add though, that I'm a bit concerned about such a large portion of the article relying so heavily on this one source: new york times article. Strictly speaking, a source like this does not qualify as a reliable secondary source. Furthermore, it was written in 1983 and hopefully the scientific knowledge has progressed since then. So the warning template can also refer to these kind of concerns. Lova Falk talk 09:33, 28 November 2012 (UTC)

GA Review[edit]

This review is transcluded from Talk:Addictive personality/GA3. The edit link for this section can be used to add comments to the review.

Reviewer: Delldot (talk · contribs) 06:20, 17 January 2013 (UTC)

Hi, thanks for your hard work improving this article. Unfortunately, it doesn't meet the GA criteria at this time so I'm going to have to fail it. But if you're interested in working on the article at any point, whether with a view toward GA or not, I'm happy to help however I can. I'm going to go into more depth about why I'm failing it below, and if you need any further explanation about anything definitely let me know and I'd be happy to provide it.

  • The lead section does not effectively summarize the article. All topics addressed in the article need to be summarized in the lead (e.g. the causes). But what we have so far is good!
  • Avoid weasel wording like "Some people believe" and "Some advocate for the existence of…"
  • Is this correct? Coke is not an opiate: if one twin is addicted to cocaine, the other twin has an increased likelihood of being addicted to an opiate.
  • Explain unusual terms in the text so people with no special knowledge can understand. e.g. "neurotransmitter", "external locus of control", "field dependence", "primary and secondary neuroses"
  • Organization
    • The article needs better organization, e.g. the signs and symptoms section has multiple paragraphs that talk about stress, depression, and social insecurity, all mixed together. Better to have a paragraph about each.
    • Also, in the signs and symptoms section, there are sentences that belong in other sections and repeat stuff that's there, e.g. Both the addict's environment, genetics and biological tendency contribute to their addiction.
    • the section Personality traits and addiction begins defining addiction and introducing the topic way down in the middle of the article. This needs to happen closer to the beginning.
  • the article often fails to differentiate between addictive personality and addiction. e.g. the list of different addictions has tenuous claim to belonging in the article, it's not clear how these are different than the addictions themselves. For example, Technological advancements reinforce the over-attachment people have to their cell phones, thus contributing to addictive personality. Why would this contribute to the personality, rather than to the addiction itself? Some of the subsections merely talk about the addiction itself, and make no mention of personality. Same problem with the treatment section: it talks about how to treat addictions, not the personality.
  • Is this a disorder? I see APD in the article. If it's listed, that should be mentioned.

Again, thanks for the work improving the article so far, let me know if you need any help or anything or if you have any questions. Please don't nominate this again without addressing the concerns here or in the other two GA nominations. delldot ∇. 06:20, 17 January 2013 (UTC)

Controversy and Critique[edit]

I think the introduction to this article needs to mention the fact that the very existence of the "addictive personality" is seriously in question. The article relies way too much on a 1980s newspaper article, along with decades old research. A literature review of more recent research into the area will show much evidence discrediting the whole concept. Like many of the catch terms bandied about in the addiction field, "addictive personality" is a term that is antiquated and based on old, flawed science. J 120.151.30.225 (talk) 23:47, 8 May 2014 (UTC)

Neutrality dispute[edit]

This article abundantly uses words like "us" and "we" and seems to written from a personal point of view. I suggest this entire article is re-written or at least heavily copyedited. Cheers, Jonas Vinther • (speak to me!) 15:32, 16 May 2015 (UTC)

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Thinning the Herd (of words)[edit]

Considering how little this article has improved in the past few years, I'm now doing that thing where I'm deleting as much as I'm repairing. Please keep in mind that especially when a topic is controversial and facts are disputed, it's even more important that wording AND citations be accurate and dependable. For instance, I can't actually find, in all of the internet, a scientific/clinical definition of "addictive personality," so while I've tinkered with a sentence implying there is a definition, I'm also tempted just to remove it instead of asking for a citation. I've also deleted a sentence (with an empty citation) that calls "addictive personality" a "diagnosis," which as far as I know it is not.

This leads me to think that this shouldn't just be an article attempting to describe the topic, per se, but also (and maybe more importantly) to highlight the context of the clear controversy surrounding it (see Single-bullet theory as a long, but accurate, example of how to do this). It's okay that it's controversial, but imagine that I, as a member of the general public, came to this article looking for a list of "addictive-personality" traits, not only would I not find a very clear and/or definitive list here, but also would probably be confused about whether or not it's something doctors and health-care professionals use in their diagnostic criteria.

It's okay that it's controversial, etc., but I do think the article needs a pretty heavy edit right now. This is just me explaining my first few in case someone flies off the handle and starts reverting in anger (or whatever).

Sugarbat (talk) 04:12, 17 June 2017 (UTC)

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