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Positive Addiction

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  128 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
The author of Reality Therapy and Take Effective Control of Your Life shows readers how to gain strength and self-esteem through positive behavior.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published May 1st 1985 by Harper Perennial (first published January 1st 1976)
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Alison Robinson
Mar 30, 2014 Alison Robinson rated it it was ok
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I loved the first chapter of this book. Glasser writes that humans' deepest desires are: 1)to love and be loved in return, and 2)to do something one believes is worthwhile. I totally agree with him on this point. His counseling theory is called Choice Theory, and one that resonates deeply with me. In the first chapter he talks about upset, anxious, and depressed people. He talks about those who seem to have the strength to face life's challenges and succeed, despite set-backs, vs those who seem ...more
Inda Liza
Aug 30, 2011 Inda Liza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My grandfather got me hooked on psychology and self-help literature since I was very young, and I really enjoy learning about the brain and behavior modification. In this book Glasser explains the plasticity of the brain and his theory that all developed proficiency is in fact an addiction. He then supports getting addicted to a positive activity, and provides tips on how to establish your own positive addition. I recommend this book to anyone who struggles with any addictive behavior because I ...more
Aug 01, 2010 Patricia rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
This book is a bit dated it its psychological theories, but makes some good points. The author examines two groups of people: those addicted to running and those addicted to meditation. He supports such addictions, and sees great benefit to getting yourself addicted to some sort of positive activity. It also includes tips to establish your own positive addition.
Joshua Kresse
Mar 06, 2014 Joshua Kresse rated it it was amazing
I read this book when I was a student at Ottawa University. I was taking a class on meditation at the time. Even though I was wasn't very knowledgeable about medical lingo, I could still understand the material in Willam Glasser's book. I am a runner and I have been for a while. I have sometimes gotten into the rhythms that Willam Glasser talks about in his book. I sometimes get into the zone when I go for lengthy walks (6 miles). That's a lengthy walk for me anyway. William Glasser mentioned so ...more
David Oren
Dec 04, 2014 David Oren rated it liked it
Positive Addiction
Interesting idea, I do remember times when I got addicted to positive stuff, especially exercise, either lifting weights or running. And it felt amazing. I'm still addicted to this day reading self help books ahem ahem haha.

If only I could find a way to create these positive addictions in any field in life. I feel like the book didn't provide a good solution to it, but mostly just made me aware to seek positive addiction in my life. I think I'd like to build a positive addictio
Brian Johnson
Oct 13, 2015 Brian Johnson rated it it was amazing
“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. If more of us gain strength maybe we will make a better world; there is little chance we will do so if too many of us are weak.”

~ William Glasser, M.D. from Positive Addiction

“Positive” Addiction?!? What’s that?!?

Well, imagine a negative addiction (drugs, alcohol, gambling, etc.) and take that “addictive” behavior and apply it to po
Apr 08, 2010 Greg rated it really liked it
It's been nearly thirty years since I read Glasser's book on positive addiction. At the time, I was just beginning my Ph.D. program, and I found his ideas fascinating. That may also have been because I was running regularly at the time. From time to time, especially on longer runs of 5-6 miles, I would sometimes get into a zone of sorts. At times like that, it felt as if I could run forever, as if I was floating effortlessly over the ground. In that condition, running seemed to be a bodily expre ...more
David Cooke
Aug 03, 2013 David Cooke rated it really liked it
I found this book a simple reminder of finding physical, emotional strength and clarity in engaging in positive habits that energize and inspire. Dr. Glasser emphasizes his research of runner's and those who meditate as the best examples of activities most easily offering the benefits of positive addiction. These are easy and great examples of positive addiction. But, I see so many other opportunities to engage in other activities that, depending upon the individual, can offer similar benefits.

Lulu Bella
Time to review this book. #Action #Neuroplasticity #workhard #theFittest #love #wontStop #everEvolving #Grow #own #teach #live
Pascal Wagner
Exactly what I needed.
Should reread once a year.
Elizabeth Lund
Nov 25, 2011 Elizabeth Lund rated it it was ok
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The concept of positive addiction and his research into it is interesting. However, though the book doesn't focus on mental illness, he makes it clear that he thinks that many mental illnesses, including depression and schizophrenia, are, deep down, a choice. He makes some other sweeping claims, too, that aren't supported by any citation or extended argument. Those things dated this book enough that I found it to be of limited value (it is, after all, almost 40 years old, and the field of psycho ...more
Sep 03, 2007 Carrie rated it liked it
Shelves: counseling
I don't buy into this book hook, line, and sinker, but I do think that Glasser makes some good points. I would disagree with him regarding his view that positive addiction is not usually a spiritual experience because I think that it is for Christians. What he describes as positive addiction, I feel that when I'm in the presence of God.
Andrea Pulaski
Jul 11, 2008 Andrea Pulaski rated it really liked it
I recommend this book to anyone who sturggles with any kind of addictive behavior. This book breaks down the "anatomy" of addiction so that you can understand your own behavior. This book may have saved my life.
Dec 26, 2008 Paula rated it liked it
Haven't re-read recently ... but read it back in 1979 ... remembering reading a chapter at a time ... and needing time to think about / absorb the ideas . . . I loved the ideas and thinking about them on my own.
Jeffrey Mcandrew
This is such a wise book. Find your passion and follow that. For me it's music and being physically active. Thanks for your wise insights Dr. Glasser!
Jacky Spindler
May 07, 2010 Jacky Spindler rated it liked it
Very interesting book - some good ideas - dated, of course (1976) - inspired quite a lively discussion at the weight clinic 'issues' class!
Feb 11, 2010 Matt rated it it was ok
I really liked how it explained all the mental benefits of running, which really hit home with me.
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“Since the obvious purpose of pain, misery, and suffering is to tell you something is wrong, fix it, change it, reform, improve, get help; if you don’t have the strength to do it, you are stuck with the pain. This is not to say that people with strength don’t suffer—they do. They have no immunity to life, but when they feel pain, they get moving or at least they try to do something, and the more strength they have the more successful their efforts are.” 2 likes
“Addiction, that is, negative addiction, is the third, and in terms of pain, essentially successful choice in the series of choices made by people who are unable to find sufficient love and worth. Each choice—from the initial decision to give up trying to find love or worth, the second choice to take on one or more symptoms, and the final choice of becoming addicted—is a pain-reducing step. The reason addiction is powerful and difficult to break is that it alone of all the choices consistently both completely relieves the pain of failure, and provides an intensely pleasurable experience.” 0 likes
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