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Old 01-03-2015, 09:15 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by SoberJennie View Post
...."Quit taking it personally. Or as Bill Wilson’s physician Dr. William Silkworth said, “There is a tendency to label everything that an alcoholic may do as ‘alcoholic behavior.’ The truth is, it is simply human nature… Emotional and mental quirks are classified as symptoms of alcoholism merely because alcoholics have them, yet those same quirks can be found among non-alcoholics, too. Actually they are symptoms of mankind.”
An excellent point which is often missed (imo) )by many in AA.


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Originally Posted by bemyself View Post
...Even before I read that article recently, I'd twigged that the Steps in particular are just a mish-mash / re-hash of behavioural / spiritual wisdom gleaned from numerous wisdom traditions including Buddhism.
Yeah, I picked up on that fairly early on in the program.

The 12-steps are tools and how one makes use of them often varies.
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