4 Principles of Step Nine (Alcoholics Anonymous)

You’re likely either terrified at this prospect or thrilled. If you’re anything like me, you’re both simultaneously. Yup, that’s me – driving 100 miles per hour with the emergency break up.  Indeed, I need a map drawn for me to handle even the most mundane … Read More

Step 8 AA: Some Faith, A List, & Readiness

“Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.” Choice Theory William Glasser, the renegade behaviorism-is-for-chumps psychiatrist, had some radical concepts that I believe can aid us in uncovering precisely the purpose of AA’s Step Eight … Read More

The Fundamental Principle of AA’s 7th Step [Humility]

“Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.” That’s a hell of a meaty quote, is it not? Humility is a necessary aid to our survival, really Bill!?? So, you’re telling me it’s basically food, water, shelter, sex, and humility? Well, if you’re anything like me … Read More

Step Six of Alcoholics Anonymous [Are You Ready?]

“We’re entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.” As may be evident from the prior five steps, the entirety of the AA’s Twelve Step program is about uncovering, discovering, and discarding what no longer works in our lives.  If you have … Read More

A.A. Step One: What Is Unmanageability?

Step 1: “We admitted we were powerless over our addiction – that our lives had become unmanageable.” If you misunderstand the dash, you will misunderstand Step 1. This is important. If you miss it you…well… you won’t make it to Step 2. It’s that’s simple. … Read More

A Twelve Step Deep Dive [Step 5]

We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. Before I rush to explain why the 5th step is crucial for the alcoholic, I want to give a shout to the other “human being” on the receiving … Read More

Social Prescribing & The AQAL Map

I recently watched a Johann Hari Ted Talk. If any of you have read his material or listened to him speak, you know he’s quite a controversial journalist. He tends to deliver more a less a pitch for a specific concept that lay on the … Read More

The Nonself & The Power Of The Invite & The Ego

Years ago I was invited to do a Gospel reading during Catholic Mass. I want to say what drove me was my love for the divine liturgy, but naturally, I’m anxious. Combine that nauseating feeling (I call it persistent-gut-wrenching-impending-doomism) with a social gathering and I’m … Read More

Smart Recovery Handbook: The ABC Crash Course (REBT)

Therapeutic Presuppositions Presuppositions, as a necessary precondition for knowledge, have always fascinated me. When in my early twenties I was first introduced to Cornelius Van Til and his celebrated presuppositional apologetics my brain practically burned out at the synapses. Like the so-called transcendental argument, I … Read More

17 Of The Best Road Less Traveled Quotes (M. Scott Peck)

Who Was M. Scott Peck? “M. Scott Peck, American psychiatrist (born May 22, 1936, New York, N.Y.—died Sept. 25, 2005, Warren, Conn.), wrote the best-selling book The Road Less Traveled (1978), which was credited with revolutionizing the self-help genre. Self-help books had typically offered tips for succeeding in business, … Read More

20 Revolutionary Carl Jung Quotes

Who Is C.G. Jung? “Carl Jung, in full Carl Gustav Jung, (born July 26, 1875, Kesswil, Switzerland—died June 6, 1961, Küsnacht), Swiss psychologist and psychiatrist who founded analytic psychology, in some aspects a response to Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalysis. Jung proposed and developed the concepts of the extraverted and the … Read More

30 Life-Changing Epictetus Quotes

Who Is Epictetus? “A Greek philosopher of 1st and early 2nd centuries C.E., and an exponent of Stoic ethics notable for the consistency and power of his ethical thought and for effective methods of teaching. Epictetus’s chief concerns are with integrity, self-management, and personal freedom, which he … Read More

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