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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPerennial; Harper Colophon ed edition (5 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060912499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060912499
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 645,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Presents the rationale and procedures of a program for establishing an addict to postive behavior, with emphasis on running and meditation, which develops both character and body for a healthier, more satisfying life.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Aug 1998
Format: Paperback
This book starting me running 18 years ago in order to obtain a "positive addition" which is a repetitive activity that you do non-self-critically that has a beneficial effect on your mind and/or body. The author suggests that a positive addiction can forge new neuronal connections in the brain to help you think better and more creatievely. The main addictions discussed are running and meditation but there are many others including such arcane things as putting on makeup! This book was one of the early books to describe the "runner's high" which others have documented. Because of my desire to experience this and other benefits, I began a lifetime program of exercise and other types of self-improvements. Don't let the book's "old" publishing date put you off--newer self-help books are not necessarily better. I've often thought that this book's approach might especially benefit the so-called "addictive" personality, but I think all of us need to find ways to alter our consciousness without harming ourselves. This book has one of the keys.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gekko on 13 Jan 2010
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Even though this book was published along time ago it is without doubt a book that can change your life. I was initially put off the book after reading the first chapter as he used the term weak to refer to people but as I read on I could see that he did not mean this in a disrecptful manner. The advice is so spot on and he keeps the message very simple. I have been running everyday now for one hour and the difference in my life is phenomenal. I am more productive,I have better relationships, I have far more energy, I sleep better and overll I am so much happier. After I get back from my early morning run I am on a high and that high seems to last all day. It is advisable to start slowly and build up gradually over a period of weeks and months so that your body can adjust to the exercise. Reading the book helped me to motivate myself to run every day and I am so glad I read this book. Do yourself a huge favour and buy this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Stipanovsky TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Sep 2012
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I'm a big fan of William Glasser and Reality therapy aka Choice Theory and was just browsing Amazon - and sort of one book leads to another - one click purchase - and voila - positive addiction in action...

I am a specialist in addiction, weight loss and a few other things - including a positive addiction to collecting books and learning life enhancing "getting better" principles...

This book is written in a style that is currently not in vogue and uses quite strong language that may be misconstrued - especially if you're not aware of Dr Glasser's style of therapy and "reality interventions"...

You're weak... And choose to be unwell - or depressed - or in pain - is quite strong - and yet it is a helpful perception because it creates a "choice to get better" rather than fester and wait to be rescued...

The theme of this book is that we can create "positive addictions" and that they have a structure. Whether this is true or not - is another story - whether addiction is real - or just a series of ongoing bad "feeling based choices" is another story...

What is true - is intuitively - there is "something" that has been named as addiction - and it currently affects the lives of millions of people...

Can we spin this on its head and create positive addictions - quite possibly...

I have taught people for many years that not all good feelings are good for you - and by default - not all bad feelings are bad for you...

William explains his theory and uses running and meditation as two examples of "positive addictions" and makes quite a compelling case.

The use of self created "unconscious guilty feelings" was a very interesting take on motivational strategies that we may have - and can harness - for positive intention and was well worth learning...

Anyway, great book - although the language is a bit dated - well worth buying...
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julie on 31 Aug 2013
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Overuse of the term PA by the end. Makes one question what constitutes addiction rather than obsession and a bit clinical at times but a good reference book of what a psychiatrist thought about alternatives to 'bad' addictions in the late '70s.
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75 of 78 people found the following review helpful
Thought-provoking and potentially life-changing 21 Aug 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book starting me running 18 years ago in order to obtain a "positive addition" which is a repetitive activity that you do non-self-critically that has a beneficial effect on your mind and/or body. The author suggests that a positive addiction can forge new neuronal connections in the brain to help you think better and more creatievely. The main addictions discussed are running and meditation but there are many others including such arcane things as putting on makeup! This book was one of the early books to describe the "runner's high" which others have documented. Because of my desire to experience this and other benefits, I began a lifetime program of exercise and other types of self-improvements. Don't let the book's "old" publishing date put you off--newer self-help books are not necessarily better. I've often thought that this book's approach might especially benefit the so-called "addictive" personality, but I think all of us need to find ways to alter our consciousness without harming ourselves. This book has one of the keys.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
This Book a Positive Experience for Me 5 May 2004
By J. McAndrew - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book was a positive experience for me.
It helped me become more focussed at work and at home, and helped me realize that even a daily walk or some significant activity every day is vitally important. Human beings were not born to sit around, we were born to be active. Just look at the famous artists who lived into to their 90's because they loved what they did like Chagall and Grandma Moses. If you are positively addicted to what you do, then you will live a long life and love it. The key is finding your niche and running with it. A book should be written about people who love their careers and how this positive addiction helps to fuel other parts of their lives.
My father gave me this book. It is an easy read, but a smart book.
Jeffrey McAndrew
author of "Our Brown-Eyed Boy"
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Short little book but worth a read. 29 May 2000
By sam - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Glasser examines the idea of Positive Addiction with running at the very centre of the book. Book is not that long, but tends to be somewhat repetitive... but still worth a read. Not Glasser's best book but even at that, the ideas he shares are good.. and the positive addiction idea does trickle into other parts of life, so that someone who is positively addicted to running or swimming or cycling, tends to feel better and can take that good feeling to other things they do. If people became more positively addicted to good relations with others... WOW! what an outcome that would be..and (third time said) Book is well worth a read..
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Worth it. 12 Jun 2006
By Jack Naussau - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I nominate the first 50 pages to be required reading for everyone on the planet. It focuses on the negative addict. I am not one, but I found the first 50 pages of this short book to be stellar.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A positive addiction creates mental strength! 15 Oct 2011
By Barbara S. Reeves - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"Positive Addiction" - What is it?

(1) It is something noncompetitive that you choose to do and you can devote an hour a day to.
(2) It is possible for you to do it easily and it doesn't take a great deal of mental effort to do it well.
(3) You can do it alone or occasionally with others, but it does not depend upon others to do it.
(4) You believe that it has some value (physical, mental or spiritual) for you.
(5) You believe that if you persist at it you will improve.
(6) You can do it without criticizing yourself.

The benefits of this activity include ability to control weight, ability to give up bad habits, mental alertness, increased self-awareness, a physical feeling of well-being, a sense of confidence, more tolerance and less anger, more energy and less need for sleep.

I'm talking about a positive addiction which includes activities like running, meditating, yoga, crocheting, woodworking, singing, playing a musical instrument - any number of activities which fit the above criteria. To learn more about positive addiction, read the book, "Positive Addiction" by William Glasser.

We choose the misery in our lives by making bad choices. Glasser says that weakness is the cause of these unfortunate choices and that we can choose to be strong. "The thesis of this book is that many people, weak and strong, can help themselves to be stronger, and an important new path to strength may be positive addiction," he says.

Glasser makes many comparisons between negative addiction (drugs, alcohol, gambling, overeating) and positive addiction. A positive addiction increases mental strength, a negative addiction saps strength from every part of your life. Negative addiction feels good but does harm, positive addiction can feel bad but does good. And he says the reason negative addiction is so powerful and difficult to break is that it relieves the pain of our failure to obtain love and worth, in addition to providing an intensely pleasurable experience.

According to Glasser's research, a positive addiction can help battle a negative addiction, but is by no means a cure-all, as there is no cure-all for a negative addiction. However, a positive addiction will certainly help you gain strength and greater self-esteem, and it will change and improve your life.

David Allan Reeves
Author of "Running Away From Me"
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