The Hebrew law calls it "covet", the tenth commandment.
I spent a lousy 15 years in a 12-step foray. I just kept relapsing at under 8 years (twice). The third time I had 6 months clean until another person abused me. I left and won't go back. People that I've seen in that environment can be rough on others with less self-esteem. I admit that SOME people helped me to get a grip on reality. For that, I am eternally grateful.
My take on this "addiction" philosophy is that one is predisposed to doing self-destructive behaviors. After all, who would knowingly put themself in dire circumstances at a young age? I was a disturbed child in the first grade, thereby repeating the first grade a second time. I later repeated fourth grade while attending a private Christian school for "disturbed" children. They, obviously, rewarded GOOD behavior, once the child understands that premise and complies with the rules.
Unfortunately, for me, I just couldn't quit the disturbed THINKING. I made errors in judgement once I became a teenager (13). My choices led me to worse situations than I had EVER anticipated before. If my parents had not sent me to a finishing school for my junior and senior years, I would most likely have not graduated.
I suppose this condition should be called a "wasteland mindstate", for that is what followed me into adulthood. I am a Senior citizen now with regrets for having wasted most of my life with the thinking dilemma characteristic of such behaviors.
All that I have learned to date is to not rest on my laurels. I try to educate myself, casually, so that I can enjoy as much of a tolerable life that a person can have.
Thankyou Dr. MATÉ for bringing up this topic in your book.
Here is an article that is somewhat long:
Which neither space nor time touches.
Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at 05-Oct-18 23:18 by Itatw70s.
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