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This morning in church I happened to sit at the end of a row with many empty seats in the middle. Attendance seemed low due to a concurrent event, so there were a number of available seats.

A couple came in and asked if they could squeeze past me to get to the middle of the row. I moved my stuff, stood up, and let them by. It was no big deal, but I’ve often wondered why people gravitate towards the middle seats when others are available. A lot of us latecomers just slide into the end seats. (more…)

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2010 has been the year of betrayals, breakups, and divorces. I continue to be shocked at the number of relationships falling down around me.

While there are two sides to every story, it seems to me that it is becoming increasingly common for one party in a relationship to carry the majority of the blame. It’s like the world is dividing into two camps in anticipation of some great shift, narcissists and those who try to follow the Golden Rule.

This week I had the opportunity to catch up with several longtime friends and discuss their situations. It hit me that in nearly every breakup I’ve seen this year, it is the stable, hard-working, faithful, committed partner that does not abuse drugs or alcohol getting dumped like garbage. (more…)

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Last night on ABC, a Nightline Prime episode titled “Secrets of Your Mind” aired. I came upon it just as I reached for the remote to turn the TV off.

It was a thought-provoking show that sparked an interesting water cooler conversation today. Unfortunately, the show furthered a common myth about psychopaths, that “psychopath” is synonymous with “murderer”. The media and pop culture have limited our society’s understanding of this concept. Many people think that only ruthless dictators and serial killers can be psychopaths. (more…)

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Selfishness

Today a friend who is well aware of my crusade against selfishness and narcissism emailed me this link: http://www.maritalhealing.com/conflicts/selfishspouse.php

This article by Dr. Richard Fitzgibbons of the Institute for Marital Healing is lengthy. But it includes a couple of questionnaires to help people determine how selfish they are and where that selfishness comes from. (more…)

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Barone

It’s all about you.

Or so many popular sitcoms would have women think.

Since the early 90s I have puzzled over why so many wife-mother figures on TV nag, nitpick, and otherwise treat their husbands like they’re mindless little boys in need of constant correction. The leading ladies on Home Improvement, King of Queens, and both the wife and the grandmother on Everybody Loves Raymond come to mind, for example. (more…)

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