Category Archives: empathy

Thinking Before Acting Is Not Enough

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.

Smugness and Glibness are Major Red Flags

Smugness and glibness are red flags for the most serious types of character disturbance.

Is There Any Help for a Character Disorder?

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

Narcissistic controllers use and abuse because they regard the people and things they desire as property, doing with them as they please.

The Power of Honest Self-Reckoning

Humble, honest self-reckoning is more than liberating. It’s also empowering. Truth, in its essence, is both power and freedom.

The Perils of Affirmation Dependency

Affirmation dependency is overly relying on external sources for validation of one’s worth. You develop it by not properly understanding what your worth genuinely is and where it stems from.

Amiable Narcissists Are Still Narcissists and Not Lovers

Amiable narcissists come across as lovers. But genuine lovers care about you, whereas narcissists only really care about themselves.