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Positive Addiction

3.8  ·  Rating details ·  157 Ratings  ·  21 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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Mar 29, 2014
Brian Johnson
Nov 16, 2008 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
Inda Liza
Aug 30, 2011 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
Feb 18, 2010 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.
Oct 04, 2017 rated it liked it
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Big Ideas:

+ The Positive Addiction (PA) state of mind is passive in the sense that it one cannot directly cause it to happen
- Running is the surest way to achieve PA state of mind (probably because humans depended on it for survival so there’s something primal to us about it)
- Meditation is easier than running, so available to more people, but not as guaranteed to achieve PA state of mind for extended periods so not as likely to result in full PA
- It takes about 6 months to a year to achieve PA

Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." Pablo Picasso
I read this over the course of a year, finding it particularly interesting because of my professional interest in exercise, meditation, Reality Therapy and A.C.T. The last chapter really ties it all together nicely and applies the narratives of previous chapters. The author is wordy, but direct, for mental health professionals. Often this is what is needed to understand how it is possible to remove c
Apr 06, 2018 rated it liked it
An insightful read on how developing habits where you can put yourself in a non self critical state can build strength. A bit repetitive though. Interesting thoughts on the difference between strong and weak minds. It's not too long, worth a read if you keep in mind it's a little dated.
David Cooke
Jul 13, 2013 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.

Apr 08, 2010 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
Joshua Kresse
Mar 06, 2014 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
Dvir Oren
Dec 04, 2014 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
Elizabeth Lund
Nov 25, 2011 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
Aug 13, 2007 rated it liked it
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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.
Dec 26, 2008 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.
Andrea Pulaski
Jul 11, 2008 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.
Pascal Wagner
Exactly what I needed.
Should reread once a year.
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Jacky Spindler
May 05, 2010 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!
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!
Feb 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
I really liked how it explained all the mental benefits of running, which really hit home with me.
Lulu Bella
Time to review this book. #Action #Neuroplasticity #workhard #theFittest #love #wontStop #everEvolving #Grow #own #teach #live
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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
“It takes a lot of strength to risk getting rejected by someone new, so we hang onto the one we know and say, “The hell with it,” because we are used to that pain. If we had more strength we would say not, “The hell with it,” but “The hell with all this pain, I’ll find someone else.” Weak people carry a torch for life, they “enjoy” wallowing in their misery. They do so partly in the hope that someone will feel sorry for them and solve their problems” 1 likes
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