advice affirmations Al Turtle AlAnon English and Spanish Alcohol and Drug Resources alternative therapies anxiety Appointments Apps aromatherapy Art Therapy Astrological Counseling Astrology astrology collages Attend Autism bilingual therapy services Bipolar Bipolar Books Book Now Books Books on Eating Disorder Issues Books on Sponsorship Books on Violence Prevention Books: Inner Child Books: Jean Illsley Clarke Books: Self Help borderline personality disorder Brain buddhist psychology (you tube) Byron Katie celestine prophecy challenging child Child and Family Counseling child anxiety Child Centered Special Time Children and Teens Children's Mental Health Insurance Choosing a Sponsor chores christian mysticism (you tube) Christian Support Groups christianity Class: Intermediate Astrology Class: Introduction to Astrology Class: Parenting Alternatives to Control: Class: Reinventing Your Self Class: Spiritual Dimensions of Healing Addictions Class: The Inflexible Explosive Child Client Forms Client's Bill of Rights Co-Narcissism codependency codependency links codependency promises codependency symptoms Codependents Anonymous Meetings cognitive behavioral therapy Cognitive Treatment for ADHD Collaborative Problem Solving communication compassion complementary alternative medicine compulsive eating Connections course consent to treatment for minors Consent to Treatment when parents are divorced Contact coparenting Counseling Fees Couples Counseling coupleship Crisis Services Crystals for the 12 Steps DBT DBT Glossary DBT Groups De-Escalate Conflict depression Detox Distress Tolerance. Division of Labor divorce Dominant Functions Doreen Virtue downloads Dr. Amen Dr. Hauschka Dual Diagnosis Anonymous Eating Disorder Definitions Eating Disorders EFT EMDR Emotion Code Emotional Empowerment Emotional Freedom Techniques Emotional Intelligence Emotional Intelligence for Couples Emotional Regulation Energy Energy Psychology Energy Psychotherapy essential oils Experience and Training explosive child Exposure Therapy and OCD Exposure Therapy and Phobias Family Counseling featured etsy store feedback Fees Feingold Diet filters flashbacks flower essences Focus food and mood forgiveness Forms four agreements (book) four humors Gamblers Anonymous getting married Glossary Gorge Area Parenting Classes Grief Group growing up again Gut and Psychology Syndrome Happiness happiness links healing sexuality health anxiety Healthy Kids Hood River County Resource Directory How does our brain work Imago Index Individual Counseling Inner Child Books insomnia insurance Insurance Panels Insurance Resources Interpersonal Effectiveness issues Jane Arnell LCSW Jane Rekas LCSW joint custody Law of Attraction Life Coaching life traps links: codependency links: happiness links: personality typology Little Sugar Addicts lizard brain Local Resources for Counselors Louise Hay love addiction Make an Appointment mbti Medical Detox Medical Rule Outs Medications for Children and Teens meditation Metaphysical causes of Illness mindfulness minerals Miscarriage Loss Support Group mood hygiene name change Narcotics Anonymous Naricissism neurotransmitters Newsletter Nightmares NLP Non-Violent Communication Non-Violent Communication Group nutrition OCD overcoming shame overindulgence PacificSource Panic Disorder Parent Education parenting Parenting Approaches Parenting Classes parenting discipline Parenting Teens Parenting Tips Pay Fees Online Pay Pal perfectionism Personal Craziness Index personality Personality Typology Links pia mellody PMS prevalence of mental health disorders private practice Procrastination Professional Disclosure Statement psychiatrist Psychoactive/Psychotropic drugs psychologist PTSD Radiant Recovery recovery Reiki Healing and Energy Sessions Reinventing Your Life Relaxation Resource Directory Reviews Ritalin Safety and the Lizard schemas self-care self-esteem Self-Help Books Services Services for Children Sex Education Curriculum shame Simplify Parenting sleep hygiene Smart Phone Apps for Mental Health Smart Phone Apps for Relaxation and Stress Reduction Smartphone Apps for OCD smartsheet Spanish Speaking AA Meetings Specific Crystals for Healing Addictions Spiritual Number Sequences spirituality sponsorship strengths strengthsfinder Stress Stress Reduction Study Skills by Personality Type subtle yoga Sugar Sensitivity Supervision toward LCSW or LPC supplements Testimonials The Neuroscience of Emotions The Work therapists in the gorge thinking errors Thyroid time in time management tips Transpersonal True Colors Turtle Dove Counseling Blog Turtle Dove Counseling Book Recommendations Turtle Dove? TWELVE STEP FELLOWSHIPS Unritalin Solution Videos Violence Prevention virtual appts. vitamins VSee was Jane Arnell Weight welcome What Affect Does ADHD Have on Relationships Why a counseling blog? counseling blog will be Jane Rekas Women's AA Meetings workaholics anonymous Worksheets Worry written by Jane: boundaries and self-esteem written by Jane: Evaluating Medications for Children written by Jane: Evaluating Medications for Children and Teens written by Jane: Healthy Families Play Together yoga
Show more

Personal Craziness Index

"personal craziness index" or PCI (the people who use it call it "picky").

Carnes says on pg. 212:

"The Twelve Steps will help you learn the necessary skills, but you also need to develop a lifestyle that builds up reserves of strength and endurance.

Think of your life as having an addiction "set point" - the point at which the imbalance leaves you vulnerable to addiction, when you are too stressed or overextended to maintain your recovery.

By developing a sense of what your own personal set point is, you can be alert to maintaining the balance that makes you less vulnerable to the "friends" of your addict. The PCI on page 214 will help you develop some criteria for recognizing when you have passed that point of sanity and are at risk. The PCI thus can become a set of "training" guidelines under which you train for anticipated stress. In addition, by keeping track of your own PCI for a period of time, you will get better and better at maintaining lifestyle balance and having some fun."

There are then three parts to establishing your own PCI - preparation, recording/charting your pci, maintaining/tuning your pci. the book is set up in workbook style, so you fill in the blanks as you read (GO BUY THE BOOK! really, it will change your life!)

Preparation tracks 10 areas of your life and personal behavior that could have danger signs or warnings that you are close to the edge. he writes:

"Addicts and coaddicts are particularly vulnerable to the "insanity" of loss of reality from having neglected the basics. "Keep it simple" and "a day at time" are not shopworn cliches, but guidelines borne out by the experience of many recovery people. The PCI helps you to remember what you need to do each day. It helps you establish good recovery habits. Without a structured process to keep you on track, "cunning and baffling," self-destructive behavior patterns will return. You'll also find the PCI helpful during periods of stress and vulnerability."

the 10 areas are:

  • Physical Health
  • Transportation
  • Environment
  • Work
  • Interests
  • Social Life
  • Family/Significant Others
  • Finances
  • Spiritual Life and Personal Reflection
  • Other Addictions or Symptom Behaviors 
each person is asked to list 3-4 things in each area that are signs of danger.

Personal Chaos Index


  1. Hey! You're using my PCI -- I'm glad I helped!


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Parenting Approaches

Study Skills by Personality Type