August 31, 2009

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That most Substance-addicted people are also addicted to thinking, meaning they have a compulsive and unhealthy relationship with their own thinking.  That the cute Boston AA term for addictive-type thinking is: Analysis-Paralysis... That it is simply more pleasant to be happy than to be pissed off.  That 99% of compulsive thinkers' thinking is about themselves; that 99% of this self-directed thinking consists of imagining and then getting ready for things that are going to happen to them; and then, weirdly, that if they stop to think about it, that 100% of the things they spend 99% of their time and energy imagining and trying to prepare for all the contingencies and consequences of are never good.

Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace

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