Balanced Self Focus

The Worst

“There are better people in the world. Do not let the worst do the worst to you. You deserve the best in life.” – Michael Bassey Johnson

Back to Basics

“Empathy can seem like the touchstone to our humanity – the driving mental process behind good deeds, a necessity for building strong relationships. Yet empathy strikes as a limited resource in our current political and cultural environment.” – Shayla Love

FOBO (Fear of Being Ordinary)

“When I look at narcissism through the vulnerability lens, I see the shame-based fear of being ordinary. I see the fear of never feeling extraordinary enough to be noticed, to be lovable, to belong, or to cultivate a sense of purpose.” – Brene Brown

House of Mirrors

“I know now that one of the characteristics of evil is its desire to confuse.” – M. Scott Peck

Self Interest

“Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm, but the harm (that they cause) does not interest them. Or they do not see it. Or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves. – t.s. eliot

Pawn Your Shark

“Whoever loves becomes humble. Those who love have, so to speak, pawned a part of their narcissism.” – Sigmund Freud

Rock the Boat Gently

“Many of us live in denial of who we truly are because we fear losing someone or something – and there are times that if we don’t rock the boat, too often the one we lose is ourselves. It feels good to be accepted, loved, and approved of by others. But often the membership fee to belong to that club is far too high of a price to pay.” – Dennis Merritt Jones

It Might Hurt a Little…

“Truth is like surgery. It hurts, but it cures. A lie is like a pain killer. It gives instant relief, but has side effects forever.” – Unknown

Word to the Wise

“Nice people don’t necessarily fall in love with nice people.” – Jonathan Franzen

Perfect Your Chemistry

“You give up your narcissism, your egotism, that’s how you achieve chemistry.” – Nick Nolte