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From the books  ...  Alcoholics Anonymous (Big Book) and Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (12 & 12)


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1.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... (fear).   BB How It Works, p.65  
Mr. Brown -- his attention to my wife -- sex relations; self esteem (fear).


2.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... (fear).   BB How It Works, p.65  
Mr. Brown -- told my wife of my mistress -- sex relations; self esteem (fear).


3.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... (fear).   BB How It Works, p.65  
Mr. Brown -- Brown may get my job at the office -- security; self esteem (fear).


4.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... (fear).   BB How It Works, p.65  
Mrs. Jones -- she's a nut, she snubbed me; she committed her husband for drinking; he's my friend; she's a gossip -- personal relationship; self esteem (fear).


5.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... (fear).   BB How It Works, p.65  
My wife -- misunderstands and nags; likes Brown; wants the house put in her name -- pride; personal sex relations; security (fear).


6.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... fear.   BB How It Works, p.68  
At once, we commence to outgrow fear.


7.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... fear.   BB Into Action, p.84  
Continue to watch for selfishness, dishonesty, resentment, and fear.


8.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... fear.   BB To Wives, p.104  
We have had long rendezvous with hurt pride, frustration, self-pity, misunderstanding and fear.


9.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... fear.   BB To Wives, p.116  
There is another paralyzing fear.


10.
View TO EMPLOYERS chapter   ... fear.   BB To Employers, p.145  
The greatest enemies of us alcoholics are resentment, jealousy, envy, frustration, and fear.


11.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... "Fear."   12&12 Step Twelve, p.123  
So false pride became the reverse side of that ruinous coin marked "Fear."


12.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... fear.   12&12 Tradition Three, p.140  
If all those rules had been in effect everywhere, nobody could have possibly joined A.A. at all, so great was the sum of our anxiety and fear.


13.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... fear, a soul-sickness in its own right.   12&12 Step Four, p.49  
All these failings generate fear, a soul-sickness in its own right.


14.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... fear, and despair, and even the death ...   12&12 Tradition One, p.131  
And this they did find, in measure to transcend all the defects of their frail craft, every test of uncertainty, pain, fear, and despair, and even the death of one.


15.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... fear and direct our attention to what ...   BB How It Works, p.68  
We ask Him to remove our fear and direct our attention to what He would have us be.


16.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... fear and frustration fell over the group.   12&12 Tradition Four, p.149  
A chill chokedamp of fear and frustration fell over the group.


17.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... fear and inferiority about my fitness for ...   12&12 Step Four, p.51  
Did fear and inferiority about my fitness for my job destroy my confidence and fill me with conflict?


18.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... fear and reluctance to do this, that ...   12&12 Step Five, p.55  
So intense, though, is our fear and reluctance to do this, that many A.A.'s at first try to bypass Step Five.


19.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... fear and tension -- that makes for more ...   BB Into Action, p.73  
He is under constant fear and tension -- that makes for more drinking.


20.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... fear, anger, worry, self-pity, or foolish decisions.   BB Into Action, p.88  
We are then in much less danger of excitement, fear, anger, worry, self-pity, or foolish decisions.


21.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... fear beat him back every time he ...   12&12 Step Four, p.49  
Both his pride and his fear beat him back every time he tries to look within himself.


22.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... fear conspired with pride to hinder our ...   12&12 Step Eight, p.79  
These were some of the ways in which fear conspired with pride to hinder our making a list of all the people we had harmed.


23.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... fear, fear which today has been largely ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.167  
But when we had declared that our Fellowship couldn't hire service workers nor could any A.A. member carry our knowledge into other fields, we were taking the counsel of fear, fear which today has been largely dispelled in the light of experience.


24.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... fear, frustration, and depression.   12&12 Step Four, p.44  
We have drunk to drown feelings of fear, frustration, and depression.


25.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... fear, frustration, or misunderstanding, and permit us ...   12&12 Step Eleven, p.103  
Just saying it over and over will often enable us to clear a channel choked up with anger, fear, frustration, or misunderstanding, and permit us to return to the surest help of all -- our search for God's will, not our own, in the moment of stress.


26.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... fear, greed, possessiveness, and pride have too ...   12&12 Step Four, p.51  
In these areas fear, greed, possessiveness, and pride have too often done their worst.


27.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   Fear gripped him.   BB A Vision For You, p.154  
Fear gripped him.


28.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... fear, in turn, generates more character defects.   12&12 Step Four, p.49  
Then fear, in turn, generates more character defects.


29.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... "fear" is bracketed alongside the difficulties with ...   BB How It Works, p.67  
Notice that the word "fear" is bracketed alongside the difficulties with Mr. Brown, Mrs. Jones, the employer, and the wife.


30.
View STEP TEN essay   ... fear, jealousy, and the like.   12&12 Step Ten, p.88  
That is the emotional hangover, the direct result of yesterday's and sometimes today's excesses of negative emotion -- anger, fear, jealousy, and the like.


31.
View STEP TEN essay   ... fear nor favor, we can truly thank ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.95  
Having so considered our day, not omitting to take due note of things well done, and having searched our hearts with neither fear nor favor, we can truly thank God for the blessings we have received and sleep in good conscience.


32.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... fear of creditors no matter how far ...   BB Into Action, p.78  
We must lose our fear of creditors no matter how far we have to go, for we are liable to drink if we are afraid to face them.


33.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... fear of making a scene should I ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.173  
Many mornings I have gone to classes, and even though fully prepared, would turn and walk back to the fraternity house because of my jitters, not daring to enter the classroom for fear of making a scene should I be called on for recitation.


34.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... fear of not sleeping, and the other ...   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.175  
One was the fear of not sleeping, and the other was the fear of running out of liquor.


35.
View INTO ACTION chapter   Fear of people and of economic insecurity ...   BB Into Action, p.84  
Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us.


36.
View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... fear of running out of liquor.   BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.175  
One was the fear of not sleeping, and the other was the fear of running out of liquor.


37.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... fear of the alcoholic stigma, and spread ...   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.186  
These quiet disclosures helped him to lose his fear of the alcoholic stigma, and spread the news of A.A.'s existence in his community.


38.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... fear of the next debauch; the mother ...   BB To Wives, p.104  
But for every man who drinks others are involved -- the wife who trembles in fear of the next debauch; the mother and father who see their son wasting away.


39.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... fear of this sort turn out to ...   12&12 Step Four, p.49  
But the testimony of A.A.'s who have really tried a moral inventory is that pride and fear of this sort turn out to be bogeymen, nothing else.


40.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... fear of today, tomorrow or the hereafter.   BB How It Works, p.63  
As we felt new power flow in, as we enjoyed peace of mind, as we discovered we could face life successfully, as we became conscious of His presence, we began to lose our fear of today, tomorrow or the hereafter.


41.
View STEP TEN essay   ... fear or hate anybody, has to be ...   12&12 Step Ten, p.93  
The idea that we can be possessively loving of a few, can ignore the many, and can continue to fear or hate anybody, has to be abandoned, if only a little at a time.


42.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... fear or intolerance may lessen your husband's ...   BB To Wives, p.120  
The slightest sign of fear or intolerance may lessen your husband's chance of recovery.


43.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... fear ought to be classed with stealing.   BB How It Works, p.68  
Sometimes we think fear ought to be classed with stealing.


44.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... fear pain less, and desire humility more ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.75  
We began to fear pain less, and desire humility more than ever.


45.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... fear -- primarily fear that we would lose ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.76  
The chief activator of our defects has been self-centered fear -- primarily fear that we would lose something we already possessed or would fail to get something we demanded.


46.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... fear problem, or any other.   BB How It Works, p.68  
Some of us once had great self-confidence, but it didn't fully solve the fear problem, or any other.


47.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... Fear says, "You dare not look!"   12&12 Step Four, p.49  
Pride says, "You need not pass this way," and Fear says, "You dare not look!"


48.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... (fear); security.   BB How It Works, p.65  
My employer -- unreasonable, unjust, overbearing; threatens to fire me for drinking and padding my expense account -- self esteem (fear); security.


49.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... fear, self-delusion, self-seeking, and self-pity, we step ...   BB How It Works, p.62  
Driven by a hundred forms of fear, self-delusion, self-seeking, and self-pity, we step on the toes of our fellows and they retaliate.


50.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... fear, self-pity, and hurt feelings, it was ...   12&12 Step Five, p.59  
Because we were still bothered by fear, self-pity, and hurt feelings, it was probable we couldn't appraise ourselves fairly at all.


51.
View BILL'S STORY chapter   Fear sobered me for a bit.   BB Bill's Story, p.8  
Fear sobered me for a bit.


52.
View STEP THREE essay   ... fear, society breaking up into warring fragments.   12&12 Step Three, p.37  
Everywhere he sees people filled with anger and fear, society breaking up into warring fragments.


53.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... fear that he might start drinking again.   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvi  
The broker had gone to Akron on a business venture which had collapsed, leaving him greatly in fear that he might start drinking again.


54.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... fear that large numbers of incoming people ...   12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.184  
Between these lines, it is easy to read our fear that large numbers of incoming people might break our anonymity wide open.


55.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... fear that our instincts will not be ...   12&12 Step Four, p.49  
Unreasonable fear that our instincts will not be satisfied drives us to covet the possessions of others, to lust for sex and power, to become angry when our instinctive demands are threatened, to be envious when the ambitions of others seem to be realized while ours are not.


56.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... fear that we would lose something we ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.76  
The chief activator of our defects has been self-centered fear -- primarily fear that we would lose something we already possessed or would fail to get something we demanded.


57.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... fear the true basis of intolerance?   12&12 Tradition Three, p.140  
After all, isn't fear the true basis of intolerance?


58.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... fear; they only thought they had humbled ...   BB Into Action, p.73  
They only thought they had lost their egoism and fear; they only thought they had humbled themselves.


59.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... fear was more important than freedom from ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.122  
We found that freedom from fear was more important than freedom from want.


60.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... fear, we were unhappy, we couldn't seem ...   BB We Agnostics, p.52  
We were having trouble with personal relationships, we couldn't control our emotional natures, we were a prey to misery and depression, we couldn't make a living, we had a feeling of uselessness, we were full of fear, we were unhappy, we couldn't seem to be of real help to other people -- was not a basic solution of these bedevilments more important than whether we should see newsreels of lunar flight?


61.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... fear which today has been largely dispelled ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.167  
But when we had declared that our Fellowship couldn't hire service workers nor could any A.A. member carry our knowledge into other fields, we were taking the counsel of fear, fear which today has been largely dispelled in the light of experience.


62.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... fear will always lurk in every A.A. ...   12&12 Tradition Eight, p.169  
Perhaps the fear will always lurk in every A.A. heart that one day our name will be exploited by somebody for real cash.


63.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... fear, worry and hurt feelings is a ...   BB To Wives, p.116  
When we do that, we find it solves our problems too; the ensuing lack of fear, worry and hurt feelings is a wonderful thing.


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