Anth 146 Notes 10.2

Anth 146 Notes 10.2 - Bateson's addiction to alcoholism...

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Bateson's addiction to alcoholism Says that addiction in general comes from the pathological state of mind from a person feeling like they have to be encased in themselves, do it themselves, and the pride from trying to maintain that individual self is. .there is this human need to be connected to something else, and the only way to be part of the other is to let down that guard, that sense of self, the alcoholic is always trying to keep this sense of self. Some people choose alcohol as a therapy because the alcohol - it is a viscious circle, their pathological state of mind is saying that they need to be in touch with others and forces them to drink to become connected with others - Bateson is saying that AA recognizes that the self-contained person is a pathological state of mind - once you hit bottom you realize that you need to lose your control and find connection with others, and use others to help with your addiction - there are healthier ways to find this connection, AA says to do it with God They are constantly fighting with their pride - they say they only need themselves and then they break with alcohol to get the connectivity with others. Everything that is being fed into the action and back into yourself - where does the identity
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This note was uploaded on 01/22/2010 for the course ANTH 146 taught by Professor Evens during the Fall '07 term at UNC.

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Anth 146 Notes 10.2 - Bateson's addiction to alcoholism...

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