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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking and potentially life-changing, 21 Aug. 1998
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This review is from: Positive Addiction (Harper Colophon Books) (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
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Changing, 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
5.0 out of 5 stars I get a "good" feeling..., 21 Sept. 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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4.0 out of 5 stars A bit dated but goes with the time, 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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