From the July 1958 magazine.

AA Around the World

EMOTIONAL SOBRIETY IN SOUTH AFRICA - News, comments and letters from and about AA's worldwide outposts and centers--gleaned from letters to the Grapevine and the General Service Office, and from the "AA Exchange Bulletin," published monthly by GSO

UNTIL I READ the article of Bill's on emotional sobriety in the January issue of the Grapevine I had more or less come to believe that there was not much more for me to learn in AA. . .that I just had to re-learn things I had forgotten and re-apply the Twelve Steps, accordingly, to my progress in AA.

In spite of this growing belief there seemed to be some vacancy or something unfulfilled. I had some vague idea that this had something to do with the emotions and the unconscious or subconscious part of the mind, but whenever I spoke in this direction at meetings I was told to keep AA simple and not to complicate matters. After a time I began to glide over this side of the matter and to ascribe my fits of depression to my general cussedness, immaturity or alcoholic wilfulness.

-- Evan C. H.

South Africa

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