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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 THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... character.  BB There Is A Solution, p.26  
A certain American business man had ability, good sense, and high character.


2.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... character.  BB More About Alcoholism, p.34  
Many of us felt that we had plenty of character.


3.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... character.  BB How It Works, p.59  
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.


4.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... character.  BB Into Action, p.73  
To the outer world he presents his stage character.


5.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... character.  BB To Wives, p.115  
You will no longer be self-conscious or feel that you must apologize as though your husband were a weak character.


6.
View CONTENTS   ... character."  12&12 Contents (Step Six), p.6  
Step Six -- "Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character."


7.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... character.  12&12 Step Four, p.48  
Some others will think of this list as defects of character.


8.
View STEP SIX essay   ... character."  12&12 Step Six, p.63  
"Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character."


9.
View STEP SIX essay   ... character.  12&12 Step Six, p.65  
He asks only that we try as best we know how to make progress in the building of character.


10.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... character.  12&12 Step Seven, p.71  
The world will then turn happy and be free to concentrate on culture and character.


11.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... character and comfort, the character-building was lost ...  12&12 Step Seven, p.72  
But whenever we had to choose between character and comfort, the character-building was lost in the dust of our chase after what we thought was happiness.


12.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... character, and cut across every barrier of ...  12&12 Tradition Three, p.141  
Could any then imagine a society which would include every conceivable kind of character, and cut across every barrier of race, creed, politics, and language with ease?


13.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... character and standing.  BB More About Alcoholism, p.39  
It never occurred to him that perhaps he could not do so, in spite of his character and standing.


14.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... character are not going to disappear over ...  BB Working With Others, p.100  
You should point out that his defects of character are not going to disappear over night.


15.
View STEP SIX essay   ... character assassination, has its satisfactions for us, ...  12&12 Step Six, p.67  
Gossip barbed with our anger, a polite form of murder by character assassination, has its satisfactions for us, too.


16.
View STEP TEN essay   ... character-building and good living.  12&12 Step Ten, p.95  
Learning daily to spot, admit, and correct these flaws is the essence of character-building and good living.


17.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... character-building and spiritual values had to come ...  12&12 Step Seven, p.71  
We had lacked the perspective to see that character-building and spiritual values had to come first, and that material satisfactions were not the purpose of living.


18.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... character-building as something desirable in itself, something ...  12&12 Step Seven, p.72  
Seldom did we look at character-building as something desirable in itself, something we would like to strive for whether our instinctual needs were met or not.


19.
View STEP SEVEN essay   Character-building through suffering might be all right ...  12&12 Step Seven, p.74  
Character-building through suffering might be all right for saints, but it certainly didn't appeal to us.


20.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... character-building was lost in the dust of ...  12&12 Step Seven, p.72  
But whenever we had to choose between character and comfort, the character-building was lost in the dust of our chase after what we thought was happiness.


21.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... character defects.  12&12 Step Four, p.49  
Then fear, in turn, generates more character defects.


22.
View STEP SIX essay   ... character defects and take action toward their ...  12&12 Step Six, p.69  
At the very least, we shall have to come to grips with some of our worst character defects and take action toward their removal as quickly as we can.


23.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... character defects are.  12&12 Step Four, p.48  
Human beings are never quite alike, so each of us, when making an inventory, will need to determine what his individual character defects are.


24.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... character defects are probably not more numerous ...  12&12 Step Four, p.46  
They comfort the melancholy one by first showing him that his case is not strange or different, that his character defects are probably not more numerous or worse than those of anyone else in A.A.


25.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... character defects based upon shortsighted or unworthy ...  12&12 Step Seven, p.76  
We have seen that character defects based upon shortsighted or unworthy desires are the obstacles that block our path toward these objectives.


26.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... character defects contributed to my financial instability?  12&12 Step Four, p.51  
Surveying his business or employment record, almost any alcoholic can ask questions like these: In addition to my drinking problem, what character defects contributed to my financial instability?


27.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... character defects have not been so glaring.  12&12 Step Four, p.53  
Some will object to many of the questions posed, because they think their own character defects have not been so glaring.


28.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... character defects, if we think we have ...  12&12 Step Four, p.45  
We shall claim that our serious character defects, if we think we have any at all, have been caused chiefly by excessive drinking.


29.
View STEP SIX essay   ... character defects, or, if you wish, of ...  12&12 Step Six, p.65  
That is the measure of our character defects, or, if you wish, of our sins.


30.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... character defects, representing instincts gone astray, have ...  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.


31.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... character defects they themselves were trying to ...  12&12 Step Five, p.56  
They will tell how they tried to carry the load alone; how much they suffered of irritability, anxiety, remorse, and depression; and how, unconsciously seeking relief, they would sometimes accuse even their best friends of the very character defects they themselves were trying to conceal.


32.
View STEP SIX essay   ... character defects to be lifted out of ...  12&12 Step Six, p.65  
This does not mean that we expect all our character defects to be lifted out of us as the drive to drink was.


33.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... character defects which cause or aggravate them.  12&12 Step Five, p.55  
A.A. experience has taught us we cannot live alone with our pressing problems and the character defects which cause or aggravate them.


34.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... character, every dark cranny of the past.  BB Into Action, p.75  
We pocket our pride and go to it, illuminating every twist of character, every dark cranny of the past.


35.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... character flaws that made problem drinkers of ...  12&12 Step Seven, p.73  
Still goaded by sheer necessity, we reluctantly come to grips with those serious character flaws that made problem drinkers of us in the first place, flaws which must be dealt with to prevent a retreat into alcoholism once again.


36.
View STEP SIX essay   ... character" -- is A.A.'s way of stating the ...  12&12 Step Six, p.65  
So Step Six -- "Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character" -- is A.A.'s way of stating the best possible attitude one can take in order to make a beginning on this lifetime job.


37.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... character may still be gravely defective, but ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.109  
His own character may still be gravely defective, but he somehow knows that God has enabled him to make a mighty beginning, and he senses that he stands at the edge of new mysteries, joys, and experiences of which he had never even dreamed.


38.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... character removed, because we still loved some ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.108  
At Step Six, many of us balked -- for the practical reason that we did not wish to have all our defects of character removed, because we still loved some of them too much.


39.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... character that we could not yet relinquish, ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.108  
So we decided that while we still had some flaws of character that we could not yet relinquish, we ought nevertheless to quit our stubborn, rebellious hanging on to them.


40.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... character was desirable, but obviously good character ...  12&12 Step Seven, p.71  
True, most of us thought good character was desirable, but obviously good character was something one needed to get on with the business of being self-satisfied.


41.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... character was something one needed to get ...  12&12 Step Seven, pp.71-72  
True, most of us thought good character was desirable, but obviously good character was something one needed to get on with the business of being self-satisfied.


42.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... character which stands in the way of ...  BB Into Action, p.76  
I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows.


43.
View STEP SIX essay   ... character will be answered with a prompt ...  12&12 Step Six, p.63  
Of course, the often disputed question of whether God can -- and will, under certain conditions -- remove defects of character will be answered with a prompt affirmative by almost any A.A. member.


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