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Adult Children Of Alcoholics/ ACAs ACOAs ACODFs Blog: Healing/ Are You A Control Freak?

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'SNL's' Darrell Hammond Reveals Cutting, Abuse : NPR

'SNL's' Darrell Hammond Reveals Cutting, Abuse : NPR | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
In 14 years on Saturday Night Live, Darrell Hammond did many impressions, including Bill Clinton and Al Gore. But few of his cast members knew that Hammond struggled with drugs, alcohol and self-cutting as the result of systematic childhood abuse.
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Alcoholic men demonstrate a deficit in empathy and distorted view of irony

Emotions are often implicit undertones to our communication interactions, and decoding them requires substantial social and cognitive abilities. A study of the ability of chronic male alcoholics to recognize the emotional component of irony in relation to their empathic abilities has found a clear deficit.

 

More specifically, the alcoholics demonstrated: a deficit of empathic functions; a specific impairment of the "social skills" component of empathy; a disturbed comprehension of irony; difficulties in recognizing the emotional dimension in communication; difficulties in identifying speakers' emotional states and intentions; and an overestimation of positive emotions and a misunderstanding of the negative connotation of ironic situations.

 

[Of course . . . hard to know which came first. It's entirely possible that their low levels of empathy and resulting relationship difficulties led to the chronic alcohol abuse to begin with.]

 

 


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Anette Due Rosenzweig's comment, November 12, 2012 9:02 PM
I tend to agree with the last statement!
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How Alcohol Affects Mental Health and Brain

How Alcohol Affects Mental Health and Brain | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Alcohol abuse can cause various mental health issues. It directly affects the brain.
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