By Gerald G. May
Addiction and style deals an inspiring and hope–filled imaginative and prescient if you wish to discover the secret of who and what they are surely. may well examines the "processes of attachment" that result in dependancy and describes the connection among dependancy and non secular expertise. He additionally information some of the addictions from which we will undergo, not just to ingredients like alcohol and medicine, yet to paintings, intercourse, functionality, accountability, and intimacy.
Drawing on his event as a psychiatrist operating with the chemically based, may perhaps emphasizes that habit represents an try and assert entire keep an eye on over our lives. dependancy and beauty is a compassionate and clever therapy of a subject matter of significant problem in those such a lot addictive of instances, one who gives you a serious but hopeful consultant to a spot of freedom in accordance with contemplative spirituality.
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Additional info for Addiction and Grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions
Often, our repulsions too take on the characteristics of addiction. Thus, in addition to the attraction addictions we have been discussing, we must also consider aversion addictions. 6 Sometimes an aversion addiction is simply an attraction addiction stated in reverse. For example, if I am addicted to cleanliness, who is to say whether I am basically drawn toward neatness or repelled by dirt? Other aversion addictions, however, exist absolutely in their own right. This is particularly true of racial, ethnic, or sexual prejudices, and of many phobias.
Gerald G. D. / 39 Table 2–2: AVERSION ADDICTIONS Airplanes Commitment Mice Public speaking Anchovies Conflict Needles Rats Anger Crowds Open spaces Rejection Animals Darkness Pain Responsibility Being: Death People of different: Sex Abnormal Dentists Beliefs Sharp instruments Alone Dependence Class Slimy creatures Discounted Dirt Culture Snakes Fat Disapproval Politics Spiders Judged Doctors Race Storms Overwhelmed Embarrassment Religion Strangers Thin Evil spirits Sex Success Tricked Failure People who are: Tests Birds Fire Addicted Traffic Blood Germs Competent Tunnels Boredom Guilt Fat/Thin Vulnerability Bridges High places Ignorant Water Bugs Illness Neat/Messy Writing Cats Independence Rich/Poor Closed-in spaces Intimacy Such questions bring us into one of the most difficult territories we must cross in our exploration of addiction and grace, for the answer is as unequivocal as it is unpleasant; no addiction is good; no attachment is beneficial.
I will be discussing all these physical, psychological, and spiritual dynamics in greater detail, but at this point we can proceed to define addiction more precisely and establish its primary characteristics. The Definition of Addiction Addiction is any compulsive, habitual behavior that limits the freedom of human desire. It is caused by the attachment, or Gerald G. D. / 25 nailing, of desire to specific objects. The word behavior is especially important in this definition, for it indicates that action is essential to addiction.