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Addiction: A Disorder of Choice
by Gene M. Heyman
Harvard University Press, 2009
Cloth: 978-0-674-03298-9 | Paper: 978-0-674-05727-2 | eISBN: 978-0-674-05399-1
Library of Congress Classification HV5801.H459 2009
Dewey Decimal Classification 616.86001

In a book sure to inspire controversy, Gene Heyman argues that conventional wisdom about addiction - that it is a disease, a compulsion beyond conscious control - is wrong. At the heart of Heyman's analysis is a startling view of choice and motivation that applies to all choices, not just the choice to use drugs. Heyman’s analysis of well-established but frequently ignored research leads to unexpected insights into how we make choices - from obesity to McMansionization - all rooted in our deep-seated tendency to consume too much of whatever we like best.

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