To become empowered partners in abusive relationships have to see through their manipulator’s tactics, knowing in their heart how to distinguish a victim from a victimizer.
Many folks enjoy a healthy and sometimes rewarding or even fulfilling relationship with work. But for disturbed characters work is more than literally a four-letter word, especially when it benefits someone or something else.
A healthy ego is ultimately all about getting the balance right. But that’s a real challenge, given the norms of our times.
Mistaking interest for regard is all too common these days. It’s how folks with high hopes at the beginning of a relationship sadly later find themselves exploited and abused.
Narcissistic Truth Distortion Narcissists engage in truth distortion a lot. And they do so in many different ways. Sometimes, they exaggerate the truth. Other times, they minimize the seriousness of their missteps. Still other times, they twist the truth to serve their agendas. The only constant with Narcissists is their disregard for the actual truth. … Continue reading Narcissistic Truth Distortion Is Just Manipulation
Empathy Capacity Empathy capacity is central to healthy emotional, spiritual, and character development. Some equate this capacity with what it means to be truly human. But these days many among us have an impaired capacity to truly care. The reasons for this are many and varied. And as I’ve written about before, how impaired a … Continue reading Narcissism and Empathy Capacity
Some disturbed characters have a particularl lust for power. They rabidly pursue it, seek it for its own sake, and inevitably abuse it when they manage to acquire it. Power doesn’t corrupt character. Corrupt characters abuse power.
The Psychopathy Spectrum All disturbed characters on the psychopathy spectrum are significantly impaired in their empathy capacity. But exactly where a person lies on the spectrum depends upon just how devoid of empathy they are and what other problematic traits they also possess. Psychopaths: lack empathy are extremely decietful, manipulative, conning possess a certain glibness, … Continue reading Understanding The Psychopathy Spectrum
Presently, there’s no treatment for severe character disorders. This is especially true when it comes to psychopaths.
The true price of freedom is personal responsibility. And some of us have it within us to pay this price willingly and with joy. It’s what real character is all about.