I recently heard about this possibility – that it’s possible to become addicted to attention in much the same way someone can become addicted to smoking or drinking.
All people need attention – some more than others. It’s possible to not get enough attention and that comes with some issues. Do you know anyone like this? Someone that needs attention? Someone that is addicted to attention?
But as I took a deeper look into possibility, and it was interesting what I found.
As far as I understand it – every individual has a different level of attention that they need in order to maintain the quality and sustainability of life. We all need attention. There isn’t anyone that doesn’t need it – but we don’t all need the same levels of attention.
Some require very little
Others require a tremendous amount, but what I’m talking about here is that person who is addicted to it. There are those that need more attention than most – like quite a bit more.
But it’s not a flaw or even necessarily a bad thing. Those that need an excessive amount of attention or are addicted to it – probably have it as a brain wiring response to early developmental trauma caused by neglect. So the more needs that are neglected as a child – the more the child sees getting attention as survival and safety. Their brains wire for them to seek attention no matter what. So attention is survival to someone that is seemingly addicted to it.
So when you started reading this post and started thinking badly about the person that came to mind when I asked if you knew someone like this – keep in mind that they probably experienced some early developmental trauma and their seeking attention is survival.
Let me know if you want to know how to help them.