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Why the ego complex (haumai) seeks security in addictive behaviour (trishna)

Updated: Apr 21, 2023

The ego complex (haumai) which is the part of our psyche that is responsible for our sense of self, seeks security because it wants to maintain a stable and consistent sense of identity. When we feel secure, we are more likely to feel in control of our lives and confident in our ability to navigate the world around us.


The ego complex (haumai) is often rooted in our past experiences, particularly experiences that have shaped our sense of self. For example, if we experienced rejection or failure in the past, our ego may seek security as a way to protect ourselves from similar experiences in the future. This can manifest in behaviours such as avoiding risks, seeking validation from others, or clinging to familiar patterns of behaviour.


Another reason why the ego complex (haumai) seeks security is because it can be difficult to accept uncertainty and change. When we are faced with unfamiliar or unpredictable situations, our ego may feel threatened, leading us to seek out security as a way to regain a sense of control.


While seeking security can be a natural and understandable human response, it can also hold us back from experiencing new opportunities and growth. When we are too focused on maintaining a sense of security, we may be less willing to take risks, try new things, or step outside of our comfort zones.


The ego complex can seek security in addictive behaviour (trishna) because it provides a temporary sense of control and comfort. Addiction can take many forms, such as substance abuse, compulsive behaviours, or excessive consumption of technology or media.


When we engage in addictive behaviours, our ego complex may feel a sense of relief from the discomfort and uncertainty of daily life. The addictive behaviour (trishna) becomes a way to escape reality and create a false sense of security.


Addiction can also provide a sense of identity and belonging, which is another way the ego complex seeks security. For example, if someone identifies as an alcoholic or drug addict, they may feel a sense of belonging within the recovery community, which can provide a sense of security and validation.


However, while addictive behaviour may provide a temporary sense of security, it ultimately leads to more problems and further perpetuates the cycle of seeking relief. Addiction can have negative impacts on our physical health, relationships, and overall well-being.


Overcoming addictive behaviour (trishna) requires a willingness to face the discomfort and uncertainty of life without relying on external substances or behaviours for security. This can be a difficult process, but it ultimately leads to a greater sense of self-awareness and empowerment. In order to overcome addictive behaviour, it's important to seek support from trusted friends, family members, or professionals. Mindfulness practices such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing (pranayama) can also be helpful in managing cravings and developing a greater sense of self-awareness.


Ultimately, overcoming addictive behaviour (trishna) requires a commitment to self-care and a willingness to explore new ways of finding security and comfort in our lives. It's important to find a balance between security and growth, and to recognise when our ego complex is holding us back from reaching our full potential. By becoming more aware of our thoughts and behaviours, we can begin to challenge the patterns that are keeping us stuck and move towards a more fulfilling and authentic life.


Gurmat Therapy can be a highly effective tool in reducing addictive behaviours. Many addictive behaviours are rooted in underlying emotional issues such as trauma, anxiety, or depression. Through therapy, individuals can address and work through these underlying root cause issues, which can help reduce the urge to engage in addictive behaviours as a way to cope with their emotions.


Gurmat therapy can also provide individuals with tools and strategies to manage their addictive behaviours, such as right-mindfulness techniques, coping skills, and relapse prevention strategies. Additionally, therapy can provide a supportive and non-judgmental environment where individuals can explore the underlying causes of their addictive behaviours and develop a deeper understanding of themselves.


Gurmat therapy can help individuals gain insight into their addictive behaviours, develop healthier coping mechanisms, and work towards long-term recovery.

ਤ੍ਰਿਸਨਾ ਅਹਿਨਿਸਿ ਅਗਲੀ ਹਉਮੈ ਰੋਗੁ ਵਿਕਾਰੁ ॥ Ŧarisnā ahinis aglī ha▫umai rog vikār. Desires increase day and night, and the disease of egotism fills us with corruption - Guru Nanak Dev

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