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A Brief Survey of Step Four

Step 4:  Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

In the essay, On Human Nature, three basic human instincts — the survival instinct, the social instinct, and the happiness instinct — are described as the foundation of all cognition, behavior and emotion.  Though the means by which we endeavor to satisfy these innate end objectives vary greatly by individual and by society, the most common manifestations thereof were first noted by the renowned psychologist, Andrew Maslow.  In a 1943 article entitled A Theory of Human Motivation, Maslow proposed a universal hierarchy of instrumental needs which exist as means to satisfy instinctual end objectives.

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My Personal Third Step

Step Three:  We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood him.

Shakespeare once said, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players:  They have their exits and their entrances; and one man in time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.”  For the addict, the analogy of the stage of life — so eloquently drawn by Shakespeare — could not be more apropos.  That being so, the Third Step thus presents a choice — will the actor star in a new role, or will the tragedy continue to unfold under the current script?

For the addict, the drama of life has not come off so well. . .

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