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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 THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... themselves.  BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvi  
You may rely absolutely on anything they say about themselves.


2.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... themselves.  BB How It Works, p.58  
Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves.


3.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... themselves.  BB Into Action, p.73  
They only thought they had lost their egoism and fear; they only thought they had humbled themselves.


4.
View WORKING WITH OTHERS chapter   ... themselves.  BB Working With Others, p.103  
We feel that each family, in the light of their own circumstances, ought to decide for themselves.


5.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... themselves?  BB To Wives, p.107  
And even if they did not love their families, how could they be so blind about themselves?


6.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... themselves.  BB To Wives, p.114  
The wives and children of such men suffer horribly, but not more than the men themselves.


7.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... themselves.  BB A Vision For You, p.156  
Plenty of difficulties presented themselves.


8.
View APPENDIX II, Spiritual Experience   ... themselves.  BB Appendix II, Spiritual Experience, pp.567-568  
With few exceptions our members find that they have tapped an unsuspected inner resource which they presently identify with their own conception of a Power greater than themselves.


9.
View STEP SIX essay   ... themselves.  12&12 Step Six, p.66  
Such is the power of our instincts to overreach themselves.


10.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... themselves again and we would forgive and ...  BB To Wives, p.106  
Next day they would be themselves again and we would forgive and try to forget.


11.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... themselves all over the world.  12&12 Tradition Eight, p.169  
Eight tons of books and literature per month do not package and channel themselves all over the world.


12.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... themselves an A.A. group, provided that, as ...  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.563  
Any two or three alcoholics gathered together for sobriety may call themselves an A.A. group, provided that, as a group, they have no other affiliation.


13.
View TRADITION FOUR essay   ... themselves an A.A. group provided that as ...  12&12 Tradition Four, pp.146-147  
So confident of this had we become that the original statement of A.A. tradition carried this significant sentence: "Any two or three alcoholics gathered together for sobriety may call themselves an A.A. group provided that as a group they have no other affiliation."


14.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... themselves an A.A. group, provided that, as ...  12&12 Tradition Three (Long), p.189  
Any two or three alcoholics gathered together for sobriety may call themselves an A.A. group, provided that, as a group, they have no other affiliation.


15.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... themselves, and had they stuck to their ...  12&12 Tradition Ten, p.178  
Had they been left to themselves, and had they stuck to their one goal, they might have found the rest of the answer.


16.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... themselves, and have discovered the joy of ...  BB A Vision For You, p.163  
When a few men in this city have found themselves, and have discovered the joy of helping others to face life again, there will be no stopping until everyone in that town has had his opportunity to recover -- if he can and will.


17.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... themselves, and still more in the Power ...  BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxvii  
They believe in themselves, and still more in the Power which pulls chronic alcoholics back from the gates of death.


18.
View APPENDIX III, The Medical View on A.A.   ... themselves and their best results can be ...  BB Appendix III, The Medical View on A.A., p.569  
Dr. G. Kirby Collier, psychiatrist: "I have felt that A.A. is a group unto themselves and their best results can be had under their own guidance, as a result of their philosophy.


19.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... themselves and were able to justify the ...  12&12 Step Five, p.60  
Lacking both practice and humility, they had deluded themselves and were able to justify the most arrant nonsense on the ground that this was what God had told them.


20.
View TRADITION NINE essay   ... themselves are organized.  12&12 Tradition Nine, p.172  
Then, in seeming contradiction, we proceed to create special service boards and committees which in themselves are organized.


21.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... themselves as helpless as those who had ...  BB More About Alcoholism, p.33  
Several of our crowd, men of thirty or less, had been drinking only a few years, but they found themselves as helpless as those who had been drinking twenty years.


22.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... themselves as messiahs representing A.A. before the ...  12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.187  
We simply couldn't afford to take the chance of letting self-appointed members present themselves as messiahs representing A.A. before the whole public.


23.
View APPENDIX V, The Religious View on AA   ... themselves as 'self-insurance.'  BB Appendix V, The Religious View on A.A., p.572  
The A.A. plan is described by the members themselves as 'self-insurance.'


24.
View TRADITION TWELVE essay   ... themselves before microphones and cameras.  12&12 Tradition Twelve, p.185  
Others hurried to place themselves before microphones and cameras.


25.
View INTO ACTION chapter   ... themselves certain facts about their lives.  BB Into Action, p.72  
Time after time newcomers have tried to keep to themselves certain facts about their lives.


26.
View STEP ELEVEN essay   ... themselves cut off from God's help and ...  12&12 Step Eleven, p.105  
All this should be very encouraging news for those who recoil from prayer because they don't believe in it, or because they feel themselves cut off from God's help and direction.


27.
View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... themselves exceptions to the rule, therefore nonalcoholic.  BB More About Alcoholism, p.31  
By every form of self-deception and experimentation, they will try to prove themselves exceptions to the rule, therefore nonalcoholic.


28.
View A VISION FOR YOU chapter   ... themselves for others.  BB A Vision For You, p.159  
It was transcended by the happiness they found in giving themselves for others.


29.
View TRADITION EIGHT essay   ... themselves have been ill-conceived, but that makes ...  12&12 Tradition Eight, p.171  
True, some of the projects to which A.A.'s have attached themselves have been ill-conceived, but that makes not the slightest difference with the principle involved.


30.
View THE DOCTOR'S OPINION   ... themselves, if they are to re-create their ...  BB The Doctor's Opinion, p.xxviii  
In nearly all cases, their ideals must be grounded in a power greater than themselves, if they are to re-create their lives.


31.
View TRADITION THREE essay   ... themselves into thousands.  12&12 Tradition Three, p.142  
Since this was a very early group, those scores have since multiplied themselves into thousands.


32.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... themselves is the underlying cause of their ...  12&12 Step Four, p.44  
Alcoholics especially should be able to see that instinct run wild in themselves is the underlying cause of their destructive drinking.


33.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... themselves, mother and children demand that he ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.131  
Instead of developing new channels of activity for themselves, mother and children demand that he stay home and make up the deficiency.


34.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... themselves neglected.  BB The Family Afterward, p.126  
The family will be affected also, pleasantly at first, as they feel their money troubles are about to be solved, then not so pleasantly as they find themselves neglected.


35.
View STEP TWO essay   ... themselves off, those who have become prejudiced ...  12&12 Step Two, p.28  
There will be those who have drifted into indifference, those filled with self-sufficiency who have cut themselves off, those who have become prejudiced against religion, and those who are downright defiant because God has failed to fulfill their demands.


36.
View TO WIVES chapter   ... themselves once more.  BB To Wives, p.105  
Some of us veered from extreme to extreme, ever hoping that one day our loved ones would be themselves once more.


37.
View APPENDIX I, The A.A. Tradition   ... themselves ought to be fully supported by ...  BB Appendix I, The A.A. Tradition, p.564  
7. The A.A. groups themselves ought to be fully supported by the voluntary contributions of their own members.


38.
View TRADITIONS LONG FORM   ... themselves ought to be fully supported by ...  12&12 Tradition Seven (Long), p.190  
Seven -- The A.A. groups themselves ought to be fully supported by the voluntary contributions of their own members.


39.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... themselves out of jobs, family, and friends ...  12&12 Step Four, p.51  
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.


40.
View STEP TWO essay   ... themselves "problem drinkers," but cannot endure the ...  12&12 Step Two, p.33  
Some will be willing to term themselves "problem drinkers," but cannot endure the suggestion that they are in fact mentally ill.


41.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... themselves ruthlessly to determine how their own ...  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.


42.
View TRADITION ONE essay   ... themselves saved from death, but still floating ...  12&12 Tradition One, p.131  
Like us, they had suddenly found themselves saved from death, but still floating upon a perilous sea.


43.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... themselves seemed more intelligent than that.  BB We Agnostics, p.54  
The electrons themselves seemed more intelligent than that.


44.
View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... themselves solely to the relief of cancer.  12&12 Tradition Five, p.150  
But once these men had hit upon a cure, once it became apparent that only by their united effort could this be accomplished, then all of them would feel bound to devote themselves solely to the relief of cancer.


45.
View STEP TWO essay   ... themselves that really got us down.  12&12 Step Two, p.30  
But it was the morality of the religionists themselves that really got us down.


46.
View STEP EIGHT essay   ... themselves that the pain will be lessened ...  12&12 Step Eight, pp.77-78  
But if a willing start is made, then the great advantages of doing this will so quickly reveal themselves that the pain will be lessened as one obstacle after another melts away.


47.
View THE FAMILY AFTERWARD chapter   ... themselves, that their fellows may enjoy sound ...  BB The Family Afterward, p.133  
Most of them give freely of themselves, that their fellows may enjoy sound minds and bodies.


48.
View STEP SIX essay   ... themselves that they destroy their lives, they ...  12&12 Step Six, p.64  
When men and women pour so much alcohol into themselves that they destroy their lives, they commit a most unnatural act.


49.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... themselves, the rest of us were able ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.109  
Looking at those who were only beginning and still doubted themselves, the rest of us were able to see the change setting in.


50.
View STEP TWELVE essay   ... themselves to any number of ideas, people, ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.120  
In partnership with others -- women and men -- they can devote themselves to any number of ideas, people, and constructive projects.


51.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... themselves to attempting to rule their fellows.  12&12 Step Four, p.43  
We have also seen men and women who go power-mad, who devote themselves to attempting to rule their fellows.


52.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... themselves to be secure in their persons, ...  12&12 Step Four, p.42  
If men and women didn't exert themselves to be secure in their persons, made no effort to harvest food or construct shelter, there would be no survival.


53.
View WE AGNOSTICS chapter   ... themselves, to take a certain attitude toward ...  BB We Agnostics, p.50  
They flatly declare that since they have come to believe in a Power greater than themselves, to take a certain attitude toward that Power, and to do certain simple things, there has been a revolutionary change in their way of living and thinking.


54.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... themselves to their liabilities.  12&12 Step Four, p.46  
This is because people who are driven by pride of self unconsciously blind themselves to their liabilities.


55.
View HOW IT WORKS chapter   ... themselves to this simple program, usually men ...  BB How It Works, p.58  
Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves.


56.
View TRADITION TEN essay   ... themselves to this sole aim.  12&12 Tradition Ten, p.178  
The early members foresaw that they should dedicate themselves to this sole aim.


57.
View TRADITION ELEVEN essay   ... themselves to us as friends.  12&12 Tradition Eleven, pp.181-182  
On almost every newsfront, the men and women of the press have attached themselves to us as friends.


58.
View STEP FOUR essay   ... themselves -- two emotions quite as unhealthy as ...  12&12 Step Four, p.44  
Demands made upon other people for too much attention, protection, and love can only invite domination or revulsion in the protectors themselves -- two emotions quite as unhealthy as the demands which evoked them.


59.
View STEP FIVE essay   ... 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.


60.
View THERE IS A SOLUTION chapter   ... themselves with as individuals.  BB There Is A Solution, p.28  
We think it no concern of ours what religious bodies our members identify themselves with as individuals.


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