You get horny, and you don't prevent yourself. You just go after satisfying your need. Another time you do this. Again another time, and more and more.

A time comes when you feel like you can't control yourself, even if you want to. In the beginning you could if you wanted to, but now things seem to be out of your control.

Personally I've experienced this pattern about food, lust, and responsibility. Empirically I think there should be a pattern that our decisions today will effect our decisions tomorrow. That is, with each decision, mind changes to make that decision easier next time.

Does this truly exist? Do we have a theory or a research behind this pattern?

I think each decision effects mind in a way that we might say that special connections are made between neurons and those special connections will impact next decisions of the same kind. I searched and couldn't find anything.

  • $\begingroup$ Downvoters, please add comment. I think this is a totally legitimate question. $\endgroup$ – Saeed Neamati Aug 12 '16 at 14:47
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    $\begingroup$ I was not one of the voters, but it may be because of your choice of words. Perhaps you could rephrase it a bit a remove the personal reference. $\endgroup$ – Robin Kramer Aug 13 '16 at 15:24
  • $\begingroup$ I truly appreciate if your help regarding rephrasing $\endgroup$ – Saeed Neamati Aug 13 '16 at 17:17
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    $\begingroup$ What you are describing is just called Addiction. $\endgroup$ – Arnon Weinberg Aug 14 '16 at 1:03
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    $\begingroup$ So are you asking what neural mechanisms lead to the creation of habits or destructive behaviours? $\endgroup$ – Seanny123 Aug 19 '16 at 16:59

I will attempt to answer your question. However, I will not be able to provide a neurological explanation of the mechanisms of this pattern.

First off, apparently such a thing does exist. In cognitive and behavioural psychology fields, such a pattern has been studied extensively by many researchers ever since. One example of a theory that addresses this pattern is a repackaged popular theory known as the Theory of Cognitive Dissonance by an American cognitive psychologist named Leon Festinger.

The theory of dissonance attempts to explain this pattern through suggesting that when a person makes a decision, he/she will end up repeating this decision sometime later due to feeling remorseful after making the decision. Some people tend to feel more remorseful than others when making a decision such as smoking a cigarette or drinking alcohol so they end up abusing these substances. When one makes a decision, he/she tries to convince himself/herself that "it must be right, or otherwise I would not have done it". If, however, he/she has decided earlier that it is too wrong to do it, then the dissonance from doing it will be greater and one will be more likely to redo the action that caused him the remorse. Examples of this exist with the buyer's remorse, smoker's remorse (that's why they have these labels on the cigarette packets that scare you even more) and even the liker's remorse (clicking the like button in facebook). In all cases you realize that you have done something wrong, so you simply do it again.

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  • $\begingroup$ So you mean people repeat what they do because they felt bad about it? That's sounds counterintuitive. $\endgroup$ – Robin Kramer Aug 13 '16 at 15:25
  • $\begingroup$ Or they felt good about it. $\endgroup$ – dimyak Aug 13 '16 at 15:52
  • $\begingroup$ This just one very simple explanation. Offcourse, there are many other explanations. $\endgroup$ – dimyak Aug 13 '16 at 16:06

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