Thinking before acting is a good thing. It’s one mark of character maturity. But what we think and how we think matters even more.
Gaslighting victims feel so much more alone and self-doubting when they find themselves among a sea of folks who view the disturbed character differently.
The Red flags of Smugness and Glibness Smugness and glibness are red flags for the most serious types of character pathology. In fact, they’re the traits most common to society’s most dangerous predators. So, it’s worth understanding these personality characteristics in greater depth. And it’s also helpful to understand why you should be very wary … Continue reading Smugness and Glibness are Major Red Flags
When should someone’s charm and amiability sound an alarm? When charm is accompanied by smugness, you’re likely dealing with a narcissist.
Egomania is part and parcel of certain types of narcissism. And it’s more than a strong, confident sense of self. It’s ego on steroids!
In many ways, character is like a psychological immune system, giving us the resources to be less vulnerable to the forces that might otherwise hurt or corrupt us.
Folks whose ways of seeing and doing things are so toxic that they’re rightfully considered “character-disordered” always cause big problems in relationships. And presently, the prognosis for change is extremely poor for the significantly disordered. There’s more hope for the mildly disturbed character, but the motivation and mode of intervention have to be just right!
Narcissistic controllers use and abuse because they regard the people and things they desire as property, doing with them as they please.
You can sum up what all major life turnarounds require in one word: willingness.
Humble, honest self-reckoning is more than liberating. It’s also empowering. Truth, in its essence, is both power and freedom.