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The answer to this question is indeed: We don't know - as @ChrisRogers correctly explained. However, let me mention some related research that may help shed some light on the question. Recently, there have been several highly publicized studies suggesting that psychedelic drugs can be useful in the treatment of addiction. A few of these preliminary studies ...


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The answer to this question could be found in the mind-wandering literature (see this for a review). Figure 1 in the paper really nicely depicts the possible situations possible when looking at task engagement and self-generated thought. I'll summarize them here: You are engaged in the task, i.e. attention is focused outwards, and the stimuli you perceive ...


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Only evolutionary psychology seems to have something to say about the "why" here. And (somewhat predictably) the hypothesis advanced has something to do with social information in ever larger groups: From Dunbar's evolutionary theories, gossip originated to help bond the groups that were constantly growing in size. To survive, individuals need ...


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Excoriation disorder (ED) formerly known as dermatillomania, and more popularly as Skin Picking Disorder (SPD): a mental disorder characterized by the repeated urge to pick at one's own skin, often to the extent that damage is caused. The status as a separate disorder is somewhat controversial, because of high comorbidity: There has been controversy ...


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I haven't got half an hour at the moment to sit and watch this video at the moment, but there can be many reasons someone with religious convictions may be able to abstain from addictive behaviours. It is impossible, to determine categorically what exactly invoked the change from a neurological point of view scientifically and from a psychology stand point ...


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The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) includes a new chapter on Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders to reflect the increasing evidence of these disorders’ relatedness to one another and distinction from other anxiety disorders, as well as to help clinicians better identify and treat individuals ...


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The question is unclear. It does not properly list the symptoms. This is because back then I did not know what to look for. The symptoms I was observing were actually effects of stress/anxiety. Naturally, the students get more stressed when they are studying alone. Fortunately, I have been able to correctly match all the symptoms with one disorder: Self-...


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