Impaired insight may prevent dependent drug users from kicking the habit.

A few years back, I had a constant headache that most people would recognize as a car. If it, a BMW 318, could be relied on for one thing, it was to find new ways to break down. Despite the persisting frustration, whenever I took it into the shop, the problems disappeared and the car hummed calmly and easily. Although the mechanics could find nothing wrong, the problems started a new soon after.

joshua-gowinJoshua Gowin Ph.D. currently works at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism as a postdoctoral fellow. His work explores how the genetics of pain receptors in the brain determine how alcohol affects us. In the past he worked as a postdoctoral researcher under Martin Paulus at UC San Diego. He earned his doctorate in behavioral neuroscience from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
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The trouble with this four-wheeled curse was that I never knew what was wrong with it. If the transmission failed and I had to replace it, a costly repair only a gear monkey could look forward to, at least I would have felt confident that I knew the steps to fix it. But since it was nothing consistent or certain, I couldn’t put my mind at ease.


In my last post I explored the consequences, sometimes deadly ones, of athletes in extreme sports who have trouble recognizing their own emotions. Like a good car mechanic, emotions provide insight into underlying problems—necessary information to make good decisions.  

Here is a video by Dr. Sadaqat Ali in which he talks about how to acknowledge your emotions
Dr. Sadaqat Ali talks about how to acknowledge your emotions