What I have written below is simply my current understanding of this reality. This post is meant to serve as a tool to help you broaden YOUR perspective. I hope I am able to coherently introduce new concepts and, with help of resources, demonstrate how your reality may be far different that what you currently perceive, as well explain the certain forces that wish to limit and control your perception. If it sounds like this post may be of interest to you, I recommend bookmarking this page at this moment. Nonetheless, I insist that you research beyond what is provided here. To get into the right mindset, please take a minute to answer the following questions as truthfully as possible: How deep can deception truly go? Please keep your answers in mind as you read through. “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” – Socrates Plato’s Allegory of the Cave Now, let’s begin… What The *Bleep* Do We Know?
Is Our Personality Our Trap? Have you done a personality test?
Most people have, or will at least have a view about their own type of personality. Do you have a predictable way of behaving? Probably. But is it even wise to have a 'personality? ' On the face of it, it just doesn't make sense for a person to behave the same way in all types of different situations.
Life is so varied and so changeable that there isn't one personality 'type' suited to it. No wonder people often commit faux pas, make fools of themselves, feel overwhelmed or out of their depth. And yet most humans are predictable in the extreme. Yet many people are vain enough—some would even say deluded enough—to believe, when they reflect on something they have done, that they acted out of choice. Even though anyone who knew them could have predicted they would behave as they did.
The rather unpalatable truth is that most of our seemingly conscious intentions are just illusions. Extroversion-Introversion is one of the 'big five' personality traits. The Narcissistic Ex, Part III. There's nothing more crazy making than being on the receiving end of hostility or manipulation without really understanding what's going on.
That's probably why we've seen a lot of interest in our current series on narcissism . And it's satisfying because the purpose of The Intelligent Divorce Project is to make murky subjects like narcissism a bit clearer. The feedback we'ver received has reinforced our efforts with many readers sharing that they're finding strength through understanding. Having worked with many, many overwhelmed parents , I can understand this. Yet life is never so simple. This led me to thinking about continuing the series by deepening our understanding of narcissism to include the compassion we can have for all suffering souls , even if they cause suffering in turn.
Now, I'd like to respond to this particular reader's comment, because - literally - Simplistic thinking about what makes us human is for the birds. This is a very useful critique.