Episode 18 – King Baby

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Episode 18 – King Baby Syndrome

The topic at one glance

  • ‘King Baby Syndrome’ is a therapeutic tool that can be useful when working with the selfish behavior associated with addiction.

  • The traits associated with this syndrome initially arise as an attempt to cope with life.

  • Just giving up drugs is probably not enough by itself to guarantee we overcome negative personality traits such as those associated with King Baby Syndrome. We need to work to overcome these traits in recovery.

Hope Mindful Compassion Show – Episode 18 – King Baby Syndrome

King baby A conversation between Simon Mott and Paul Garrigan

In this episode of the podcast, Simon discusses the concept of ‘king baby syndrome’. This refers to certain personality traits that can get in the way of recovery. If we fail to deal with these traits, it can mean we continue to behave negatively despite giving up drugs – this is sometimes referred to as Dry Drunk Syndrome.

Some of the topics covered in this episode include:

  • What is King Baby Syndrome?

  • Is ‘King Baby’ and insult?

  • Can you give some examples of the traits associated with this syndrome?

  • Why do we develop the traits associated with the syndrome?

  • Will giving up drugs cause these negative personality traits to disappear?

  • Is there a danger if we ignore these negative personality traits in recovery?

  • Does everyone who falls into addiction develop King Baby Syndrome?

  • Is there any relationship between our drug of choice and our negative personality traits?

  • How do we deal with King Baby Syndrome?

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