Personality Types and Addictions

What is an Addictive Personality?

The addictive personality is a kind of psychological trait that predisposes an individual to addictions. Various studies have shown that there are definite implications in the brain that contribute to the addiction. Some people are more prone to addictions as compare to other though it’s an issue under debate.

Who are Addictive Personalities?

Additive personalities are persons that crave for a series of addictions, i.e. drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling, etc. A person suffering from additive personality usually strung out most times, since his cravings are extreme so than that of common addicts.

Addiction makes a person unable to stop intake of that thing even though he is aware of its harmful affects or may be he already being the sufferer of it.

Addictive Personality Types

Additive personality types are commonly known as ENNEAGRAM, which has variants of the personality types, i.e. there is more than one type. While this is one of the controversial diagnoses, yet it is gaining grounds as a subject to study about. The diagnosis is generally claimed to be link with the abuse of substance, including alcohol, drugs, etc.

Some people believe that the predisposition to addiction is just like a combination of biological, psychological, and environmental factors. As it happens with other issues of psychology and behavior, the distinct combinations have their different characteristics.

Gender and Age Factor effecting Addictive Personalities

Addictive personalities are affected by the gender basis is another issue, as for some, the male gender is more disposable to the addictions as compare to their female counterparts but reason behind these can be set to their social exposure as well financial and social accountability.

Though, age factor does play a big role, as young people are more prone to addictions but this can also be laid behind as all depends on the check the parents or the person himself has on his own personality and the acts. This may happen as the culprits can easily influence youngsters.

Dependency is the common element that leads a person to addictions. When a person is addicted or else dependant they will often rely on influences to support their suffering. When a person lacks compartments of their person, they often fall into the dependency stage. If a person cannot be alone or learn to live with self, they often resort to a dependency, which in turns leads them in a wrong direction, including addictions.


One category of Addictive personality is known as ‘Reformer’. Though, in view of some scholars this makes no sense since they find that this is merely another type of personality in the world. The reformers at the first level of addiction claimed to be discriminating and wise. The person sees things in realistic light, and is very prone to making the truths known to others. That is he believes and tries to show his good wisdom to others.

Qualities Of Addictive Personalities

Addictive personality is complex, since the nine groups of personalities have qualities that are marked as humane. Some of the qualities include the helper, reformer, etc, and these types focus on consideration, caring, truth, etc. The peacemaker is one of the addictive personalities to few. This sounds ludicrous, especially when you consider, this person is agreeable, easygoing, receptive, complacent, reassuring, etc.

The challenger would be most likely fitting in the addition category, since this type is dominating, powerful, willful, confronting, etc. Anyone with dominating personalities often is dependant on others in a different light, i.e. depending on others for a source to control. These types often fear of being injured by others, or else controlled.

The loyal type is anxious, committed, suspicious, responsible, etc. Yet, a loyalist is a person that remains faithful no matter what. As you can see this addiction makes no sense at all, thus before I call it an addiction, I will need more proof.



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