Personality

Personality

When we have a sense of self that allows us to interact appropriate with the world and other people we have a functional personality. Some forms of mental illness can skew the thought process so it interferes with how we deal with others. People with personality disorders may abuse drugs, may have lots of ups and downs in relationships, may have trouble making friends, may be isolated. There are many different kinds of disorders, but its important to know that it is possible to overcome them.

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    Anything can be stored in the shadow. A bank vault where you keep your most precious possessions is a hiding-place as much as a prison dungeon. The same is true for the shadow -- although the term is used most of the time to describe a hiding place for negative energies, you have the power to turn positive to negative and vice versa. I once knew two sisters who were close as children but grew up as very different adults, the one a successful college professor, the other a twice-divorced worker at a temporary agency. The successful sister describes her childhood as wonderful; the other sister describes hers as traumatic. "Remember when Daddy locked you in the bathroom for six hours after you did something wrong?" I heard the unhappy sister say to her sibling. "That was a turning point for me. I could only imagine how angry and hopeless you felt." The happy sister looked very surprised. "Why didn't you ask me about that? I liked being alone, so I just went inside and told myself imaginary stories. The incident was nothing."

    And so our stories go their separate, highly idiosyncratic ways. The same incident had no emotional charge for one sister, whereas it was a source of anger and shame for the other. Great art can be made out of scenes of violence (witness Picasso's Guernica) and horrors can be concocted from holy virtue (witness the crucifixion of Jesus). In the unconscious, there is a full population of unexamined impulses.
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    In our society we have glorified struggle, as if getting anything the easy way is cheating. In truth spirit arranges the easy way,out of love for us. It is important to realize that you deserve tofulfill your needs easily. Don't glorify the pain and struggle thatarise from the ego's limited vision. Expect the best outcome foryourself in any situation, and then accept with grace the resultthat you receive. It is the best you can do at this stage of your path.
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    With very powerful people like the strong, self-confident, resourceful Eights, the potential for greatness is matched by the possibility of brutality. Eights' fear of being controlled can lead them to behave in highly destructive ways. They're frequently on the attack, seeing it as the best way to protect both themselves and others. When Eights feel threatened, they can become combative, vengeful, and ruthless.

    Eights never back down from a confrontation. In fact they often seek it out and encourage it. Conflict is a way of connecting for Eights. They enjoy the struggle and seem to thrive on controversy. When Eights walk into a room and everything's quiet and harmonious, they'll deliberately stir things up. Eights' overt aggression and need for dominance can be intimidating to those around them and often prevent the Eight from engaging in truly intimate relationships.

    For Eights to achieve real personal development, they need to let their guard down and allow their inner vulnerability to be touched by the world. When they add tenderness to their strength, they can become true heroes.

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    As long as the drama of good versus evil, pleasure versus pain,keeps its appeal, the purpose of life is struggle. Duality, beingborn of separation, exists as a stage set. Since the drama is sofull of richness, what do we do when it ends? Is all purpose lostwhen there's nothing more to win or lose? Many people are horrifiedat the prospect of giving up duality. As someone once candidly toldme, "Go back into the light? It sounds an awful lot like death tome!"

    The purpose of life after you escape duality is joyful play. Thishas always been the purpose. Your senses cannot tell that pain isjust another form of bliss - they think it is the opposite ofpleasure. But once you know yourself as spirit, play becomesdivine. The light knows that there is nothing but itself. So whyshould any aspect of itself be less than joyful? Unlike pleasure,bliss is an eternal feeling, born of the sheer enjoyment ofcreation with itself.
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    Spiritual transformation occurs when you awaken to the truth and allow the truth to illuminate every corner of your personhood such that facades are dismantled and cast aside, replaced by an authenticity for being in the world with great sensitivity, compassion, and altruism.

    For some, spiritual transformation is triggered by the comprehension of fulfilling a predestined purpose (we've all heard of people who were "called" to their profession or avocation). Others begin a spiritual transformation as a side effect of a life-altering event such as a great loss or an accident that ironically creates an opportunity for furthering a mission (think about the example of grace and resilience set by Gabby Giffords). Some especially stubborn individuals appear to disregard multiple "wake-up calls" until they hit absolute rock bottom in order to realize what they've lost or wasted, and what matters most. And still others don't ever seem to undergo a spiritual transformation; they persist in repeating the same cycle, like a hamster on a wheel, until they (sometimes tragically) depart this world.

    The soul's knowledge will eventually awaken us all to the truth in our own way, in our own time; but we can expedite the process by taking the lead and creating an authentic personhood now.  

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    There are quite a number of them. Again, let me remind you that doing your fair share and even going overboard once in a while are desirable traits in an employee. Putting in an extra hour here or there, volunteering, or occasionally taking on an odious task that no one wants to do shows initiative, spunk, passion, team spirit, drive, leadership, and commitment to your job. If you do these things for the right reasons, you feel proud of yourself and other people will rightfully admire you and might even view you as a role model. What you want to avoid, however, is earning the label of chump, self-sacrificer, angel, soft touch, or Saint Arlene.
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    These sensations are the biological residue of experience. When you recall being frightened by something, for example, your body revisits the scene as surely as your mind, and instead of merely remembering, it re-creates the same symptoms you felt at the moment. The same cold stab of fear comes back, carrying with it a particular bodily signature, which is the expression of its energy.

    In healing, the energy is more important than the accompanying thoughts. Like a pebble in your shoe, a disturbing energy reminds you of its presence by sending out signals of pain. It does no good to keep thinking about how much the pebble hurts; until you remove the source of the energy, no healing has occurred. Similarly, fear and anxiety send up countless thoughts, but until you move the energy, attending to the thoughts will not bring lasting relief. Fear will just attach itself to a new set of thoughts.
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    Meditation is the practice of going inward to access awareness thatis deeper than thought. Meditation isn't just a time for peace andquiet, although both are needed. You are returning to your source.Make it your habit to find time alone, preferably once in themorning and once in the evening, in which you can close your eyesand go inside.

    There are many forms of meditation. A simple but effective one ismeditation on the heart. Sit quietly for a moment, placing yourattention on your heart, at the center of your chest under thebreastbone. When you are settled, repeat the word "peace" silently,and see its influence radiating out from your body in alldirections. Do this three times, and then say the word "happiness"the same way. Repeat three times, then go on to "harmony,""laughter," and "love." For longer meditations, you can use thesewords for as long as you like. Start with five minutes a sessionand work up to half an hour. Sit quietly for a few minutes aftereach session with eyes closed and simply appreciate the simplicityof quiet awareness.
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    One University of California at Berkeley survey of more than 600,000 people in every state found that respondents in Minnesota, North Dakota and Utah are among the most agreeable.

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    Reaching a balance encourages you to throw yourself into goal-oriented tasks and feel good about accomplishments (which adds to a sense of competence and builds self-esteem) and allows you to turn off your motor and recharge your battery. No one can run on empty! Play and relaxation are not wrong or due to laziness or lack of motivation. They are natural and normal. If your motor is constantly running, what is it running from? Perhaps it’s your idealized view of yourself, what someone else would (or does) say about the evils of idle hands. An addiction to work, overscheduling, and busyness are unhealthy and add to stress. Balancing work and play gives you the best of both worlds.