Charting a Course for Happy Destiny
Quotes from Bill W .
I think that many oldsters who have put our AA “booze cure” to severe but successful tests still find they often lack emotional sobriety. Perhaps they will be the spearhead for the next major development in AA – the development of much more real maturity and balance (which is to say, humility) in our relations with ourselves, with our fellows, and with God.
Bill, in a letter to a friend, wrote about deepening AA’s moral inventory to focus on what he called psychic damage: “… it may be that someday we shall devise some common denominator of psychiatry – of course, throwing away their much abused terminology – common denominators which neurotics could use on each other. The idea would be to extend the moral inventory of AA to a deeper level, making it an inventory of psychic damages, reliving in conversation episodes, etc. I suppose someday a Neurotics Anonymous will be formed and will actually do all this.” He later suggests the inventory be about “actual episodes: inferiority, shame, guilt, anger” so they could be relived in the mind and their power reduced. The true, non-neurotic self could then emerge out of hiding. (Letters with commentary reprinted in Fitzgerald, R (1995), The Soul of Sponsorshsip, Hazelden, Center City, MN, pp. 41-42.)
“The Next Frontier”, AA Grapevine, January 1958
The ACA Handbook, p. 626