A difficult lesson, but necessary. Any reputable school ought to offer at least one course in vampire defense. Eton has three.
You may have a reading problem if you…
- Feel guilty or ashamed about your reading.
- Lie to others or hide your reading habits.
- Have friends or family members who are worried about your reading.
- Need to read in order to relax or feel better.
- “Black out” or forget what you did while you were reading.
- Regularly read more than you intended to.
Common signs and symptoms of reading abuse include:
- Repeatedly neglecting your responsibilities at home, work, or school because of your reading. For example, performing poorly at work, flunking classes, neglecting your kids, or skipping out on commitments because you’ve been reading.
- Using books in situations where it’s physically dangerous, such as reading and driving, operating machinery while reading, or mixing books with fanfiction against doctor’s orders.
- Experiencing repeated legal problems on account of your reading. For example, getting arrested for driving while reading or for reading and disorderly conduct.
- Continuing to read even though your book use is causing problems in your relationships. Reading with your buddies, for example, even though you know your wife will be very upset, or fighting with your family because they dislike how you act when you read.
- Reading as a way to relax or de-stress. Many reading problems start when people use books to self-soothe and relieve stress. Reading after every stressful day, for example, or reaching for a book every time you have an argument with your spouse or boss.
Other signs and symptoms of reading addiction (book dependence)
- You’ve lost control over your reading . You often read more books than you wanted to, for longer than you intended, or despite telling yourself you wouldn’t.
- You want to quit reading, but you can’t. You have a persistent desire to cut down or stop your book use, but your efforts to quit have been unsuccessful.
- You have given up other activities because of books. You’re spending less time on activities that used to be important to you (hanging out with family and friends, going to the gym, pursuing your hobbies) because of your book use.
- Books take up a great deal of your energy and focus. You spend a lot of time reading, thinking about it, or recovering from its effects. You have few if any interests or social involvements that don’t revolve around reading.
- You read even though you know it’s causing problems. For example, you recognize that your book use is damaging your marriage, making your mental health worse, or causing health problems, but you continue to read anyway.
The path from book abuse to reading addiction.
Not all book abusers become full-blown reading addicts, but it is a big risk factor. Sometimes reading addiction develops suddenly in response to a stressful change, such as a breakup, retirement, or another loss. Other times, it gradually creeps up on you as your tolerance to books increases. If you’re a binge reader or you read every day, the risks of developing reading addiction are greater.
I have arm muscles now. Even though they’re tiny, I am super proud. I am infant buff~