A top neuroscience professor, David Linden, PhD, a neuroscience professor at Johns Hopkins’ School of Medicine, says that the traits that make a good CEO such as drive for success and obsession are exactly what makes someone an addict.
Linden says, “My strong, strong suspicion is that what makes some people more likely to rise to top is same thing that makes them more likely to be addicts.”
Linden believes that addiction is so prevalent in our society because it’s based on learning. He feels that executives tend to be very good learners, which means they’re more likely to become addictive to drugs or alcohol. It is important for them to unlearn the behavior that led to their addiction. He adds, “Instead of Pavlov’s dog, you’re learning association to gambling or alcohol. The molecular mechanisms underlying reward in the different forms of learning… they’re really the same.”
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