Character-impaired folks inevitably use and abuse others. And the more they lack conscience and empathy, the more seriously they’re likely to use and abuse.
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.
The aggressive personality is out to win and often at all costs. Such a mindset and behavior always takes a heavy toll on relationships.
Pathological heartlessness, combined with egomania, characterizes humanity’s most dangerous predators.
Extreme narcissistic malignancy characterizes the most disturbed characters among us. They wantonly use and abuse and feel entitled to do so.
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.
It’s harder than ever to adequately define personality and character-related pathology because the spectrum of dysfuntion has become so broad, varied, and normalized.
Personality disorders are harder to define these days because behaviors once considered outside the norm are the new norm.
Character integrity is the degree to which we commit ourselves to important principles and upright conduct.