A Gentle Path through the Twelve Steps: The Classic Guide by Patrick J. Carnes

By Patrick J. Carnes

The twelve steps faucet into the basic human technique of swap and should be considered as one of many highbrow and non secular landmarks in human heritage. —Patrick Carnes

It was once out of his reverence and appreciate for the knowledge and healing worth of the Twelve Steps that Carnes wrote a steady direction during the 12 Steps, now a restoration vintage and self-help staple for somebody trying to find information for life's toughest challenges.

Hundreds of millions of individuals have present in this publication a private portal to the knowledge of the Twelve Steps. With up to date and elevated ideas and attention at the non secular ideas that result in lifelong development and success, Carnes' new version invitations a clean iteration of readers to the therapeutic and worthwhile event of Twelve Step restoration.

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The emotional need for love, however, is not simply a childhood phenomenon. That need follows us into adulthood and into marriage. The “in love” experience temporarily meets that need, but it is inevitably a “quick fix” and, as we shall learn later, has a limited and predictable life span. After we come down from the high of the “in love” obsession, the emotional need for love resurfaces because it is fundamental to our nature. It is at the center of our emotional desires. We needed love before we “fell in love,” and we will need it as long as we live.

VARIOUS DIALECTS Words of affirmation are one of the five basic love languages. Within that language, however, there are many dialects. We have discussed a few already, and there are many more. Entire volumes and numerous articles have been written on these dialects. All of the dialects have in common the use of words to affirm one’s spouse. Psychologist William James said that possibly the deepest human need is the need to feel appreciated. Words of affirmation will meet that need in many individuals.

We recognize that some of his/her personality traits are actually irritating. Her behavior patterns are annoying. He has the capacity for hurt and anger, perhaps even harsh words and critical judgments. Those little traits that we overlooked when we were in love now become huge mountains. We remember Mother’s words and ask ourselves, How could I have been so foolish? Welcome to the real world of marriage, where hairs are always on the sink and little white spots cover the mirror, where arguments center on which way the toilet paper comes off and whether the lid should be up or down.

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