Raoul Goldberg, MD,
is a South African integrative and participatory medical doctor and psychotherapist. He is an international speaker, workshop facilitator, researcher, and author with a special interest in self-empowerment and self-transformation. His latest book is Addictive Behaviour: The Struggle for Freedom.
Fixed ideas and habituated behavior patterns can be great obstacles to individual, social, and environmental transformation. They can block our quest for self-determination, self-expression, and self-empowerment. When we restrict our life experience by staying in unhealthy thought and choice patterns, not only our lifestyle but also our health may be at risk. Some chronic illnesses may be influenced by long-term habituation to unhealthy life patterns, and many kinds of addictions are a direct consequence of chronic wanting and the desperate search for gratification.