Definition of Instinct:
An innate, typically fixed pattern of behaviour in response to certain stimuli.

Synonyms of Instinct:
Knack, inherent tendency, inner prompting, compulsion, intuition, natural feeling, sixth sense, etc.

These notes are from recovery in AA and/or related 12 step programs. Readers are encouraged to click external links for more detail. We hope you find them helpful.

Love in fellowship.


What is moral is what you feel good after. Each of us has a little voice inside us that tells us what is good and what is bad.

As we grow, we learn more and more to trust the inner voice. It is our guide to goodness. –Today’s Gift | More…


Though alcoholics can appear to have serious shortcomings, these problems are really only misguided attempts to satisfy needs that must be met. False methods of meeting needs will bring false, harmful results.

Our instinctive needs are proper and God-given, but they must not run wild in our lives. Living sober also means taming our instincts. –Walk In Dry Places/Mel B. | More…

It’s true that the more information we have about the world, the more clearly we see the shape of what we don’t know. The wisdom that we need is inside us.

Before our schooling teaches us to forget it, we know instinctively how to treat others because we know how we wish others to treat us, and we know that all people are one.
This primitive knowledge mustn’t be buried –The Promise of a New Day/Karen Casey & Martha Vanceburg | More…

The central characteristic of the spiritual experience is that it gives the recipient a new and better motivation out of all proportion to any process of discipline, belief, or faith.
These experiences cannot make us whole at once; they are a rebirth to a fresh and certain opportunity. –As Bill Sees It | More… (p.246)


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