A pretty profound question is, “who or what would you kick an addiction for”. Now people religious enough will give Sunday School answers like God or Jesus. But for the rest of us this is a good question because the way our culture is addictions are so easy to fall into (alcohol, drugs, porn, internet, video games, food, etc..). And because of social breakdown we have less or no people we are intimate with. Some of us (like me) have nothing or no one we’d give up an addiction for. This idea is the backbone of the twelve step program. No matter what your feelings about the 12 step program who or what you’d kick an addiction for is an important question to ask—often without an answer.
Every therapist should listen to this podcast. All disallowing negativity does is silence those who speak truth to power. In fact if you take the idea there is truth away entirely than in the vacuum all that exists is what those in power command, in this case circuitously by banning negativity.