Wednesday, March 1, 2023

The Misanthrope

Self-hatred is an emotion that's totally foreign to certain kinds of individuals. You may recognize the personality type who's never stymied and never assumes the burden or responsibility for hardly anything. On the off chance that they do admit wrong doing they show little remorse or need to castigate themselves. A self-flagellator might take some lessons from insouciant individuals, but he or she will never feel absolved. Just the reverse in fact. Such personalities tend to blame themselves for even those events they have little or nothing to do with. Self-hatred in turn produces its own form of punishment and persistent premonitions of failure are rarely assuaged by so-called success. Depression is sometimes defined as anger turned against the self, but it’s only one of the products of this negative narcissism. Subliminally self-defeating and maladaptive behavior of this sort characterizes Moliere’s greatest invention, Alceste, a character who succeeds in vilifying himself and others at the same time.

read "Sarcasm" by Francis Levy, HuffPost

and listen to "Tell It Like It Is" by Bonnie Raitt, Aaron Neville and Greg Allman  

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