The Steps, in a formal sense, will do a lot to improve thinking.
A lot of people, however, have a teenie-weenie problem that the Steps will deal with only if the problem is understood clearly and if the Steps are used in a targeted way to tackle said problem.
What is this teenie-weenie problem, you ask?
Well, it's a persistent failure to apply critical faculties to one's own thinking. Pages 84 to 88 provide clear guidance on how to improve thinking, which, after all, is the central problem, as suggested on page 23, but a lot of people, I have found, even those with good programmes, find themselves beset with all sorts of emotional problems years sober, stemming directly from crappy thinking unmoderated by critical distance.
The mind is a bit like this: you're sitting at a console, and, one by one, thoughts flash up on a screen before you. Now, the way a lot of people operate is this: they read the thought off the screen, and perform one or more of a number of different functions. This might include:
- Registering the thought as a known piece of information.
- Activating a particular recurrent thought pattern (say a resentful or fearful mental scenario).
- Considering how the thought integrates into some area of existing knowledge.
- Sending the thought to a decision-making module.