CACOETHES

n. an irressistble urge to do something bad or harmful. For example, a person may develop a cacoethes for excessive smoking. It often manifests as an irrational desire or uncontrollable compulsion, one that eventually leads to manic behavior. See mania.

CACOETHES: "Cacoethes refers to an irresistible urge to engage in repeatedly-bad or hamful behavior."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "CACOETHES," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/cacoethes/ (accessed May 16, 2021).
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