Addiction: Not The Same As Habit, Impulse, or Obsession


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A state of physical or psychological dependence on a behavior or substance, especially compulsive dependence, to the extent that such dependence leads to societal or personal harm is a(n):

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1. A sudden, strong, and involuntary urge to act is a(n):

2. A repeating, unwanted, and irrational thought or impulse is an:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will help you to gauge your understanding of addiction, habit, obsession and impulse. They will also help you to understand how each concept differs from the others and how they can sometimes overlap.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • The definitions of habit, obsession, impulse, addiction and obsession
  • Types of impulses

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about the distinctions between the behaviors covered in the lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as impulse and obsession
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as a habit versus an addiction

Additional Learning

In order to learn more about addictions, habits and obsessions, read the accompanying lesson on Addiction vs. Habit or Obsession. This lesson comprises the following objectives:

  • Define and understand addiction
  • Define impulse and its characteristics
  • Define and understand obsessions and compulsions
  • Define habit and understand that there are good and bad habits