The ideas and insights of William James show up throughout our recovery movement and across the self-help spectrum. We know that Bill W. and Dr. Bob read James , and so they were influenced by, and incorporated, both the psychology and spiritual concepts of William James.
Here are just a few places where we see William James thoughts giving birth to today’s Twelve-step slogans and sayings:
Acceptance. James wrote, “Be willing to have it so. Acceptance of what has happened is the best first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.”
Just for Today. James wrote, “Everybody should do three things each day that he hates to do, just for practice.”
How important is it? James wrote: “Wisdom is learning what to overlook.”
Feelings are not Facts. James wrote, “If merely feeling good could decide, drunkenness would be the supremely valid human experience.”
And on the value of laughter and letting go James wrote, “Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.”