By Abraham J. Twerski
Addictive concept is inherently self-deceptive, but bargains a superficial common sense that may be deceptive to the addict in addition to to the addict's kin members.
Abnormal pondering in dependancy used to be initially well-known through individuals of Alcoholics nameless, who coined the time period "stinking thinking." Addictive pondering usually appears to be like rational, yet in basic terms on a superficial point. Addicts, in addition to their relatives, are simply seduced by way of the attendant--and erroneous--reasoning strategy it could possibly foster.
In Addictive Thinking, writer Abraham Twerski finds how self-deceptive suggestion can undermine vanity and threaten the sobriety of a convalescing person. This well timed revision of the unique vintage contains up to date details and examine on melancholy and affective issues, the connection among addictive pondering and relapse, and the origins of addictive inspiration. finally, Addictive Thinking deals desire to these looking a fit and worthwhile existence in restoration.
Dr. Twerski is founder and clinical director of the Gateway Rehabilitation middle in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A rabbi, psychiatrist, and chemical dependency counselor, he's the writer of various magazine articles and books together with Self Discovery in restoration, I Didn't Ask to be during this kinfolk: Sibling Relationships and the way They disgrace grownup habit and Dependencies, and with "Peanuts" cartoonist Charles Schulz, When Do the great things Start?
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Additional resources for Addictive Thinking: Understanding Self-Deception (2nd Edition)
There is a voluntary perception, an attraction or repulsion, a clinging or a rejecting. The "I" process is thus self-active. That is, it is not only expanding itself by its own voluntary desires and actions, but it is maintaining itself through its own ignorance, tendencies, wants and cravings. The flame maintains itself through its own heat, and the heat itself is the flame. Now, exactly in the same way, the "I" maintains itself through want, tendencies and ignorance. And yet the "I" itself is want.
As the vast majority of people have this belief, when reality begins to show itself they are bound to reject it and therefore resist it, and such resistance creates conflict, misery and confusion. But you will not relinquish this idea of immortality, because it gives you hope, encouragement, the deep satisfaction of security. We have many prejudices, subtle and gross, and each individual, being unique, sustains his own ignorance through his volitional activities. If you do not comprehend fully, in all its entirety, this self-active ignorance, you are constantly creating barriers, resistances, and so increasing misery.
If we do not escape through diversions, we escape through beliefs, through the activities of organizations with their loyalties and commitments. These beliefs become a shield, preventing us from comprehending ourselves. Religious societies promise to help us to understand ourselves, but unfortunately we are exploited and we merely repeat their phrases and succumb to the authority of their leaders. So these organizations, with their increasing restrictions and secret promises, lead us away into further complications which make us incapable of understanding ourselves.
Addictive Thinking: Understanding Self-Deception (2nd Edition) by Abraham J. Twerski