AA is a Cult, part 54
 
 AA slogans tell members that “Anger is but one letter away from danger” and “Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed.” Instead of listening to the potential helpful messages fear and anger can tell us, AA advises a pasted on smile. “Replace guilt with gratitude”, and “Have an attitude of gratitude.”  “First you fake it, then you make it” and “Act as if” encourage newcomers to go through the motions until the alarms in their body and brain stop going off.