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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 STEP FOUR essay   ... instincts.   12&12 Step Four, p.49  
Pride lures us into making demands upon ourselves or upon others which cannot be met without perverting or misusing our God-given instincts.


2.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... instincts are satisfied, there won't be much ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.71  
The theory seems to be that once everybody's primary instincts are satisfied, there won't be much left to quarrel about.


3.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... instincts are threatened.   12&12 Step Four, p.52  
It should be remembered that this kind of insecurity may arise in any area where instincts are threatened.


4.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... instincts can produce anything from a cold ...   12&12 Step Four, p.44  
This collision of instincts can produce anything from a cold snub to a blazing revolution.


5.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... instincts cannot be the sole end and ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.114  
We have learned that the satisfaction of instincts cannot be the sole end and aim of our lives.


6.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... instincts first, we have got the cart ...   12&12 Step Twelve, p.114  
If we place instincts first, we have got the cart before the horse; we shall be pulled backward into disillusionment.


7.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... instincts for a purpose.   12&12 Step Four, p.42  
Creation gave us instincts for a purpose.


8.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... instincts for sex, security, and society.   12&12 Step Four, p.50  
Using his best judgment of what has been right and what has been wrong, he might make a rough survey of his conduct with respect to his primary instincts for sex, security, and society.


9.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... instincts for sex, security, and society becomes ...   12&12 Step Four, p.49  
When the satisfaction of our instincts for sex, security, and society becomes the sole object of our lives, then pride steps in to justify our excesses.


10.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... instincts gone astray, have been the primary ...   12&12 Step Four, p.50  
By now the newcomer has probably arrived at the following conclusions: that his character defects, representing instincts gone astray, have been the primary cause of his drinking and his failure at life; that unless he is now willing to work hard at the elimination of the worst of these defects, both sobriety and peace of mind will still elude him; that all the faulty foundation of his life will have to be torn out and built anew on bedrock.


11.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... instincts, have turned into physical and mental ...   12&12 Step Four, p.42  
When that happens, our great natural assets, the instincts, have turned into physical and mental liabilities.


12.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... instincts in collision, which cause physical, mental, ...   12&12 Step Eight, p.80  
To define the word "harm" in a practical way, we might call it the result of instincts in collision, which cause physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual damage to people.


13.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... instincts need to undergo drastic revisions.   12&12 Step Twelve, p.114  
And as we grow spiritually, we find that our old attitudes toward our instincts need to undergo drastic revisions.


14.
View STEP FOUR essay   Instincts on rampage balk at investigation.   12&12 Step Four, p.44  
Instincts on rampage balk at investigation.


15.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... instincts, so necessary for our existence, often ...   12&12 Step Four, p.42  
Yet these instincts, so necessary for our existence, often far exceed their proper functions.


16.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... instincts, there can be no peace.   12&12 Step Four, p.44  
Whenever a human being becomes a battleground for the instincts, there can be no peace.


17.
View STEP SIX essay   ... instincts to help him to stay alive.   12&12 Step Six, p.64  
He did not design man to destroy himself by alcohol, but He did give man instincts to help him to stay alive.


18.
View STEP SIX essay   ... instincts to overreach themselves.   12&12 Step Six, p.66  
Such is the power of our instincts to overreach themselves.


19.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... instincts, too.   12&12 Step Four, p.44  
In these ways we are set in conflict not only with ourselves, but with other people who have instincts, too.


20.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... instincts unreasonably upon others, unhappiness follows.   12&12 Step Four, p.44  
Every time a person imposes his instincts unreasonably upon others, unhappiness follows.


21.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... instincts will not be satisfied drives us ...   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.


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