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Healing the Addictive Mind: Freeing Yourself from Addictive Patterns and Relationships Paperback – November 1, 1995
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- Publisher : Celestial Arts (November 1, 1995)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 172 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0890876231
- ISBN-13 : 978-0890876237
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #408,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jampolsky fully acknowledges the huge debt the ideas presented in this book owe to A Course in Miracles (ACIM). And that's the key factor in deciding whether this book is for you. The analysis of addiction really looks at the negative patterns in thought and behaviours that we all have, and the solution is to change our thinking in the way ACIM tries to bring about. The book ends with some Daily Lessons along these lines. In a nutshell, as the back page says, it's about "releasing fear from our lives and letting love in."
Jampolsky includes some autobiographical elements in this book, as well as the more usual illustrations of key points with (fictionalized) case studies. It does feel as if writing the book was therapeutic for the author; whether reading it will be is more open to question. That said, I think the author's inclusion of some of his own life experiences adds a note of sincerity and authenticity, and helped me to engage with what could otherwise be quite abstract formulations.
So, is it worth a read? In short, if you are in the throes of an addiction and are looking for immediate help with a specific problem this probably isn't the book for you. If, on the other hand, ACIM is your kind of spiritual territory and you are reflecting on how to deal with the negativities and self-defeating patterns of the human mind you may find this book to your liking.