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Positive Addiction

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  92 ratings  ·  15 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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Inda Liza
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
Alison Robinson
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
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
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
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
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.

Pascal Wagner
Exactly what I needed.
Should reread once a year.
Elizabeth Lund
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
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.
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.
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
Very interesting book - some good ideas - dated, of course (1976) - inspired quite a lively discussion at the weight clinic 'issues' class!
I really liked how it explained all the mental benefits of running, which really hit home with me.
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