Supportive relationships have highly recognizable core characteristics that sadly are in short supply in our character-impaired times.
Because they lack empathy, denigration of others is pure sport for narcissists. They readily enjoy gratifying themselves at the expense of others.
An entitlement culture is behind many of our social ills. It fosters narcissism and wreaks havoc with intimate relationships.
Shame can be certainly be a bad thing. And some shame is truly toxic. But in our days of rampant character dysfunction, shamelessness is a much bigger problem than too much shame. The most disturbed characters among us are the most shameless.
Pathological heartlessness, combined with egomania, characterizes humanity’s most dangerous predators.
Narcissistic malignancy is largely about empathy deficiency and grandiosity. Folks who don’t care and feel superior will wantonly use and abuse.
Narcissistic characters run the gamut, from relatively benign “amorous,” “charming,” types to heartless and predatory types.
Character integrity is the degree to which we commit ourselves to important principles and upright conduct.
Sadistic aggressors are archetypal bullies who can’t love and revel in the lording of power and control over others.
Words have power. So it behooves us to be mindful of them.