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What If Narcissism Never Existed in Your Timeline!? Oh, Happy Day!

Every so often, Michael and I get on this massive time travel kick. Doctor Who plays 24/7 at our house. For those of you who aren't addicted to the BBC, Doctor Who is a brilliant geeky show where the Time Lord known as Doctor Who, preferably played by the frenetically hilarious David Tennant, travels in time and space, often fixing The Past to protect The Future of the human race.



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From Pi$$ed Off to Peaceful: It IS Possible to Find Happiness After Narcissistic Abuse!

When Narcissism Meets Normalcy was launched in January of 2016, I was a different person. I'd been in recovery (oh! how I hate that word!) for two years but I was still a hot mess. I was angry, hurt and pissed off no end. Even worse, I was mired to the armpits in denial and false guilt. Every day was a struggle and at nightfall it all got worse. It was like living in my own personal Gotham.



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Self-Kindness, Patience and Neighborliness: 3 Life Lessons NOT Learned At Narcissists’ Knees

It's funny. The things you do learn from narcissists...and the things you don't. The choice of life lessons narcissistic parents choose to impart is almost more interesting than the lessons themselves.

Maybe it's recovery. Maybe it's getting older. All I know is, I'm learning a ton of Life Lessons now, with forty creeping closer day by day, that I never learned at my narcissists' knees. They really tried to cover all the bases but somehow missed these basic lessons.



Anger

Your Personality Post Narcissistic Abuse: I Used to be Such a Nice Person

Sometimes, I miss the old Me. The Me that smiled all the time. The Me that never got angry. The Me that "couldn't say boo to a goose" and never said "no" to anyone. The Me that behaved as though she were living in a fairtytale. The Me that never reacted to physical pain, even when Grandpa accidentally stood on my hand once. The Me that never disagreed. The "glad girl" Pollyanna version of Me. I kinda' liked her. And my narcissists really liked her.



Comfort

Comfort Eating vs Gluttony (and the MSG twist!)

I'm really quite shocked at myself. Shocked I had the nerve to admit, last week, that food is my lifelong passion. But having loosed the monster, we may as well go whole hog (pun intended) and today's two-in-one-much-too-long-article topic is one I've long considered but never dared broach: comfort eating vs gluttony.

And yes! There is a difference!



Food

What’s Fun For You? What Makes You Happy?

Five years ago, if you were to ask me, "What do you love, Lenora? What makes you happy?" you would've been met with a rather surprised expression and a rumbling "Ummmmmmmmm."

Because I had no idea. Oh, I had a few things I liked to eat, but I didn't know what I, as a person, liked in most other ways. I was as disconnected from my likes as I was disconnected from my emotions. I wasn't live-live-living...I was just twirling and surviving. But not living.