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A thought for today..


Run. Ride. Eat.

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It can be that simple.

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Narcissism is not Egomania


The Individual and his Journey

Narcissism is often used as a misnomer to describe what actually is egomania in popular culture, in particular, I have heard Russell Brand regard himself as a Narcissist a few times.  Russell, you’re not a narcissist.  You’re an egomaniac.  But the two are actually very different.  Egomania is a genuine obsession with the self, the promulgation of the self, and the advancement of the self to the exclusion of all else.  The fundamental different is egomaniacs actually do have high self-esteem, to the point of delusion, unlike narcissists who have cripplingly low self-esteem, which they seek to mask beneath a façade of success, but is in the case of the narcissist compensatory.  As such narcissism and egomania are not synonymic but antonymic. Egomaniacs an endure extraordinary hardship and opprobrium and remain mostly unaffected.  Most spiritual leaders fit the definition; most prominent personalities fit the definition.  It’s largely evolutionarily advantageous.  The…

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“Back from the Edge”–video about borderline personality disorder


Lucky Otters Haven

Here is an excellent and informative video featuring three people who suffered and were successfully treated to their BPD. Marsha Linehan, a psychologist who also had BPD and developed DBT therapy for borderline patients, is also featured,as well as Otto Kernberg, an psychologist who specializes in NPD and BPD.

BPD is best defined as a severe lack of a sense of self which has its roots in abuse and often sexual abuse during childhood and adolescence. Self destructive behaviors such as cutting serve to help the sufferer regulate their emotions for the short term. Borderlines find their inability to regulate their emotions so painful and debilitating that many resort to suicide. One shocking statistic is that 8 – 10% of borderlines will ultimately either kill themselves or die of their self destructive behaviors.

Unlike people with NPD, medications have been successful for treating and controlling BPD symptoms. Also, while people…

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You Cannot Always Count On Others


Positive Outlooks

I learned the hard way that I cannot always count on others to respect my feelings, even if I respect theirs. Being a good person doesn’t guarantee that others will be good people too. You only have control over yourself and how you CHOOSE to be as a person. As for others, you can only choose to accept them or walk away. — Unknown

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