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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 INTO ACTION chapter   ... defects.   BB Into Action, p.72  
This requires action on our part, which, when completed, will mean that we have admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being, the exact nature of our defects.


2.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... defects.   12&12 Step Four, p.46  
As soon as he begins to be more objective, the newcomer can fearlessly, rather than fearfully, look at his own defects.


3.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... defects.   12&12 Step Four, p.49  
Then fear, in turn, generates more character defects.


4.
View STEP SIX essay   ... defects.   12&12 Step Six, p.66  
What we must recognize now is that we exult in some of our defects.


5.
View STEP NINE essay   ... defects.   12&12 Step Nine, p.84  
At this first sitting, it is necessary only that we make a general admission of our defects.


6.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... defects all of us have in varying ...   12&12 Step Four, p.48  
Now let's ponder the need for a list of the more glaring personality defects all of us have in varying degrees.


7.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... defects and admit them.   BB Working With Others, p.99  
Little by little the family may see their own defects and admit them.


8.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... defects and had really admitted them, even ...   12&12 Step Five, p.59  
How could we be certain that we had made a true catalog of our defects and had really admitted them, even to ourselves?


9.
View STEP SIX essay   ... defects and take action toward their removal ...   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.


10.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... 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.


11.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... defects are probably not more numerous or ...   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.


12.
View STEP SIX essay   ... defects as these, and few of us ...   12&12 Step Six, p.67  
Nearly anyone could submit a good list of such defects as these, and few of us would seriously think of giving them up, at least until they cause us excessive misery.


13.
View STEP SIX essay   ... defects at these rock-bottom levels.   12&12 Step Six, p.66  
Of course, most human beings don't suffer these defects at these rock-bottom levels.


14.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... defects based upon shortsighted or unworthy desires ...   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.


15.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... defects based upon that alone, wouldn't be ...   12&12 Step Five, p.59  
Hence it was most evident that a solitary self-appraisal, and the admission of our defects based upon that alone, wouldn't be nearly enough.


16.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... defects, both sobriety and peace of mind ...   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.


17.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... defects, but in some instances this will ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.73  
We will want to be rid of some of these defects, but in some instances this will appear to be an impossible job from which we recoil.


18.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... 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?


19.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... defects deep down in us under thick ...   12&12 Step Four, pp.53-54  
Because our surface record hasn't looked too bad, we have frequently been abashed to find that this is so simply because we have buried these selfsame defects deep down in us under thick layers of self-justification.


20.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... defects, even though such disclosures were painful ...   12&12 Step Four, p.47  
First of all, we had to admit that we had many of these defects, even though such disclosures were painful and humiliating.


21.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... defects has been self-centered fear -- primarily fear ...   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.


22.
View STEP SEVEN essay   ... defects, have discussed them with another, and ...   12&12 Step Seven, p.74  
But when we have taken a square look at some of these defects, have discussed them with another, and have become willing to have them removed, our thinking about humility commences to have a wider meaning.


23.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... 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.


24.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... defects have thus demolished their security.   12&12 Step Four, pp.51-52  
But all alcoholics who have drunk themselves out of jobs, family, and friends will need to cross-examine themselves ruthlessly to determine how their own personality defects have thus demolished their security.


25.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... defects, he will ask, "Just how do ...   12&12 Step Four, p.50  
Now willing to commence the search for his own defects, he will ask, "Just how do I go about this?


26.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... defects, if we think we have any ...   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.


27.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... defects may be glaring, but the chances ...   BB Into Action, p.83  
Their defects may be glaring, but the chances are that our own actions are partly responsible.


28.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... defects of character.   BB How It Works, p.59  
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.


29.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... defects of character.   12&12 Step Four, p.48  
Some others will think of this list as defects of character.


30.
View STEP SIX essay   ... defects of character."   12&12 Step Six, p.63  
"Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character."


31.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... defects of character are not going to ...   BB Working With Others, p.100  
You should point out that his defects of character are not going to disappear over night.


32.
View STEP SIX essay   ... defects of character" -- is A.A.'s way of ...   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.


33.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... defects of character removed, because we still ...   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.


34.
View STEP SIX essay   ... defects of character will be answered with ...   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.


35.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... defects of others.   12&12 Step Eight, p.78  
Moreover, it is usually a fact that our behavior when drinking has aggravated the defects of others.


36.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... defects of others could be cured maybe ...   12&12 Tradition Four, p.148  
The personality defects of others could be cured maybe with a loan.


37.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... defects of their frail craft, every test ...   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.


38.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... defects of these people, and sometimes used ...   BB We Agnostics, p.50  
Instead, we looked at the human defects of these people, and sometimes used their shortcomings as a basis of wholesale condemnation.


39.
View STEP SIX essay   ... defects, or, if you wish, of our ...   12&12 Step Six, p.65  
That is the measure of our character defects, or, if you wish, of our sins.


40.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... defects or theirs.   12&12 Step Eight, p.82  
We must not exaggerate our defects or theirs.


41.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... defects, past and present.   12&12 Step Four, p.46  
This the sponsor promptly proves by talking freely and easily, and without exhibitionism, about his own defects, past and present.


42.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... defects, representing instincts gone astray, have been ...   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.


43.
View FOREWORD TO SECOND EDITION   ... defects, restitution to those harmed, helpfulness to ...   BB Foreword to Second Edition, p.xvi  
Though he could not accept all the tenets of the Oxford Groups, he was convinced of the need for moral inventory, confession of personality defects, restitution to those harmed, helpfulness to others, and the necessity of belief in and dependence upon God.


44.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... defects should be called, let's take a ...   12&12 Step Four, p.48  
To avoid falling into confusion over the names these defects should be called, let's take a universally recognized list of major human failings -- the Seven Deadly Sins of pride, greed, lust, anger, gluttony, envy, and sloth.


45.
View STEP SIX essay   ... defects taken from them.   12&12 Step Six, pp.67-68  
Some people, of course, may conclude that they are indeed ready to have all such defects taken from them.


46.
View STEP NINE essay   ... defects that have made us hard to ...   12&12 Step Nine, p.84  
Almost always we want to go further and admit other defects that have made us hard to live with.


47.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... defects the objectionable questions are concerned with.   12&12 Step Four, p.53  
To these it can be suggested that a conscientious examination is likely to reveal the very defects the objectionable questions are concerned with.


48.
View STEP SIX essay   ... defects, then where do we stand?   12&12 Step Six, p.66  
But when we face up to the less violent aspects of these very same defects, then where do we stand?


49.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... defects, there will be little need to ...   BB To Wives, p.118  
If you both show a willingness to remedy your own defects, there will be little need to criticize each other.


50.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... defects, they have finally ambushed us into ...   12&12 Step Four, p.54  
Whatever the defects, they have finally ambushed us into alcoholism and misery.


51.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... defects they themselves were trying to conceal.   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.


52.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... defects to another human being is humility ...   12&12 Step Five, p.58  
Another great dividend we may expect from confiding our defects to another human being is humility -- a word often misunderstood.


53.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... defects to another human being we could ...   12&12 Step Five, p.56  
Most of us would declare that without a fearless admission of our defects to another human being we could not stay sober.


54.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... defects to another person is, of course, ...   12&12 Step Five, p.56  
This practice of admitting one's defects to another person is, of course, very ancient.


55.
View STEP SIX essay   ... defects to be lifted out of us ...   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.


56.
View STEP SIX essay   ... defects we are still unwilling to give ...   12&12 Step Six, p.68  
Looking again at those defects we are still unwilling to give up, we ought to erase the hard-and-fast lines that we have drawn.


57.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... defects; we have ascertained in a rough ...   BB Into Action, p.72  
We have admitted certain defects; we have ascertained in a rough way what the trouble is; we have put our finger on the weak items in our personal inventory.


58.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... defects were still there.   12&12 Step Five, p.58  
Though now recognized, our defects were still there.


59.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... 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.


60.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... defects while we blamed others for them.   12&12 Step Five, p.59  
Or anger and hurt pride might be the smoke screen under which we were hiding some of our defects while we blamed others for them.


61.
View STEP SIX essay   ... defects, will be obliged to admit that ...   12&12 Step Six, p.68  
But even these people, if they construct a list of still milder defects, will be obliged to admit that they prefer to hang on to some of them.


62.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... defects with another person.   BB Into Action, p.72  
This is perhaps difficult -- especially discussing our defects with another person.


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