09/13/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

Do You Have An Addictive Personality?

Nearly everyone has had a taste of what it would be like to have an addiction--eating a second (and third) piece of cake, staying out until 4 a.m. drinking when work starts at seven, buying three pairs of shoes when you had just enough cash to cover one.

You know the consequences: the stomachache and spare tire, aching head and lousy day at work, the credit card debt, and above all--the guilt.

But the immediate payoff, whether it's pleasure or simply a sensation of feeling alive, calls to you like a siren's song.

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