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This Is Your Brain on Facebook By Paul Gaita 01/30/15

"Researchers found that excessive use of Facebook exhibited the same brain activity as those addicted to drugs or sex.
Numerous studies have already connected frequent Facebook use with addictive behavior and attributed a host of negative emotional and psychological responses to overuse, from unhappiness and negative body image issues to relationship strife. However, it may be some time before excessive Facebook use is labeled as a genuine addiction."

Read more: http://www.thefix.com/content/your-brain-facebook

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People engage in certain behaviors because they always get something out of it, some reward. Virtually all addiction serves and emotional purpose.  Often the reward is simply temporarily escaping the anxiety of life. The internet certainly can be a few clicks away from temporarily escaping what bother us.   When circumstances in our lives cause us to feel overwhelmed,  helpless, trapped and maybe even out of control, it is time to regain control but not with displaced behaviors. We want to regain control, escape the trap,  not with Facebook or a quick fix or mood changer of drugs but INSTEAD,  we choose healthy direct behavior such as Christ driven behavior. A fool vents his feelings, but a wise person holds them in check. (Proverbs 29:11). Choose to not be conformed to this world but instead be renewed in your thinking (Romans 12:2). Surrender control to Christ for there is power in weakness (2 Corinthians 12-10). God will return the control to you with a Helper. (John 14:16). Now you will have regained control of your life in a new way. You will have new values and a fruitful purpose in life that includes self control. (Galatians 5:22-23). Always ask yourself, does my behavior honor God? Honoring God has rewards right now if we choose them! When we act with the values, character and purpose of Christ, the displaced behavior is gone, only direct healthy behavior dominates. People find that when they take direct healthy action, their addictive urge almost always vanishes. This sounds like magic, but it makes sense: having acted more directly, they no longer need the substitute behavior.  This is the marriage of science and scripture. Change your thinking and change your life.


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"I am a Surrendered Believer in Jesus Christ with Free Will and I CHOSE Surrender (Intelligent Delegation) in my victory over, “Recreational Chemical Abuse, my weekend, "False Idols."
"I chose DIRECT health assertive Christ Driven Behavior (CDB) instead of DISPLACED behavior in order to regain control over feeling helpless, powerless, trapped and lacking control. I changed my, "Thinking," and God changed my life."
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There is no reason why anyone with any hurt, habit, or hang up cannot be helped. The Person-God partnership simply needs to be more powerful than any hurt, habit or hangup.

Behind everything you do is a THOUGHT.

Every BEHAVIOR is motivated by a BELIEF.

Every ACTION is prompted by an ATTITUDE.

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With respect to behavior, life is about, emotions, beliefs, thinking and control.

"A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back."Proverbs 29:11 (Displaced Behaviors)

"Do not be conformed by this world but instead by the renewing of your mind." Romans 12:2 (Direct Behavior)

When you think and empower yourself and surrender control to God, when you Intelligently Delegate Control to God (2 Corinthians 12:9-10),

God returns that control to you with a, “Helper," the Holy Spirit, (John 14:16) a form of Reciprocal Innervation.

You regain control: "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

No longer are you subject to corrupted displaced thinking but instead are transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2).

This is where science and scripture intertwine, where Christ Driven Behavior brings, values, control, cause, character and purpose driven behavior, the fruits of the spirit Galatians 5:22-23 .

“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17.

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Proverbs 29:11 "A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back."

Romans 12:2: Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

2 Corinthians 12-9:“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”

John 14:16: "He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—"

Philippians 2:13: "for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure."

Galatians 5:22-23 "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Ephesians 4:22-23 "...put away the old person you used to be. Have nothing to do with your old sinful life. It was sinful because of being fooled into following bad desires. Let your minds and hearts be made new."

Life is about finding Purpose. When you have a, "Global Purpose," in life, healthy direct assertive thinking and behavior follow.

Change your thinking, change your life!

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