I DEFINE A ‘GOOD PERSON’ AS SOMEBODY WHO IS FULLY CONSCIOUS OF THEIR OWN LIMITATIONS. THEY KNOW THEIR STRENGTHS, BUT THEY ALSO KNOW THEIR ‘SHADOW’ — THEY KNOW THEIR WEAKNESSES. IN OTHER WORDS, THEY UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS NO GOOD WITHOUT BAD. GOOD AND EVIL ARE REALLY ONE, BUT WE HAVE BROKEN THEM UP IN OUR CONSCIOUSNESS. WE POLARIZE THEM. — JOHN BRADSHAW Continue reading John Bradshaw Quotation
NATIONALISM IS POWER HUNGER TEMPERED BY SELF-DECEPTION. — GEORGE ORWELL Continue reading George Orwell Quotation
WHEN DEPRESSED, VISIT A SHOPPING MALL. THERE’S NOTHING LIKE BEING SURROUNDED BY SWEATSHOP CRAP TO REMIND YOU THAT OTHER PEOPLE’S PROBLEMS ARE WORSE THAN YOURS. Continue reading On the Other Hand, Maybe This Will Just Make it Worse
FANATICISM IS OVERCOMPENSATION FOR DOUBT. — ROBERTSON DAVIES Continue reading Robertson Davies Quote
RELYING ON HUMAN DECENCY IS SOMETHING LIKE SHOOTING CRAP: IF YOU’RE FRUGAL, YOU WON’T BET MONEY ON IT. Continue reading Being a Realist Can Get Unpleasant
NASTY, HATEFUL PEOPLE ARE JUST AS HUMAN AS THE REST OF US. I HAVE AN AWFUL TIME ACCEPTING THAT, THOUGH. — YOUR FRIEND, HELEN Continue reading Personal Conflict
GOOD PEOPLE CARE TO OFFER SOMETHING TO OTHERS, AND IF THEY’VE ENGAGED IN INTROSPECTION THEY DON’T ACT ON ULTERIOR MOTIVES. THEIR ACTIONS DON’T HAVE TO BE 24/7 ALTRUISM, AND IF THEY HAVE A SENSE OF BALANCE THEY’LL PROBABLY RULE OUT THE 24/7 STUFF. BAD PEOPLE KEEP TAKING, AND WHEN THE TROUGH IS EMPTY THEY CALL THEMSELVES VICTIMS. IF THEY’RE GOOD MANIPULATORS, THEY’LL CONVINCE OTHERS THEY’VE BEEN GIVING THE WHOLE TIME. THESE ARE THE POLAR EXTREMES. MOST OF US ARE SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE. GET OVER IT. Continue reading Good Moral Character is Complicated
We should be careful not to assume we’ve learned everything from a small amount of information. That said, the October 2016 issue of Psychology Today magazine has two thought-provoking articles on narcissism which are worth looking at. One appears in abridged form on the magazine’s website, and the other, as far as I can tell, is in its entirety. Please consider reading the print edition. In the meantime, here’s a link to the issue’s cover story, written by Rebecca Webber: https://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/201609/the-real-narcissists?collection=1093092 Continue reading Narcissism: It’s Not Just For Breakfast Anymore!