Friday, September 15, 2017

DeceivedDiseased

Deception is very much like a disease.  It can creep in on us unawares, and it can insidiously compound itself to the point in which we feel significantly compromised - cognitively, politically, emotionally, physically...

The disease of deception is problematic and limiting in any of its forms.  The worst form of that disease, however, is SELF-DECEPTION.

So, what are some of the symptoms of self-deception?

  • Feelings of victimhood.  Thinking we deserve more/better, just because.
  • Insecurity, which drives defensiveness.  Not being comfortable enough in our own skin to admit weakness and to genuinely seek assistance in closing those gaps.
  • Bulletproofedness.  The misconception that we can go it alone, do it alone, accomplish it alone.
  • Martyrdom mania.  Stuck on the belief that nobody cares like we do, nobody tries like we do.
  • Condescension.  Believing we're (almost always) smarter than those around us.
Some antidotes to the disease of of the self-deceived?
  • Strong, healthy relationships with thoughtful and honest others.
  • Relentless focus on the BIG stuff.
  • LEARN more.  Tirelessly, persistently, ubiquitously, pervasively.
  • reflection...Reflection...REFLECTION!
Happy healing.

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