While professionals seem to recognize that there are both physical and psychological addictions, both are believed to be caused by substances ingested, inhaled or injected. And the distinguishing charaxteristics are to be found in the resulting behaviors or experiences. So, the cause s an external agent, or perhaps even an inherited henetic proclivity and the effect is used to identify the nature of the disorder. I wonder if retro-rationalization is area of academic interest.

Anyway, what I was looking for was a psychological experience, like the taste for power, that turns into an addiction as a consequence of repetition. I am looking to answer the question whether the lust for power can become addictive and even lead to what we recognize as self-destructive habits like bulimia. Would this account for the almost inevitable collapse of the powerful?

Putin seems to be slipping into the descent when he proclaims “Russia has lost nothing.”