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18 Reasons Trying To Help Others Can Be A Mixed Bag

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Giving to others can affect us deeply, both positively and not so positively depending on the situation.

Where do you draw the line drawn between over-the-top giving (emotional, material, etc.) and true charity or kindness?

Where is the line drawn between catering to unreasonable demands and making the positive choice to keep peace?

Placating vs. peacemaking?

Surrendering? Appeasing?

Trying to be everything to others, or being a "rock" when you feel like a pebble inside.

Are you trying to make everyone else...
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Questions About Sociopaths, Psychopaths, and Narcissists

Psychopaths and sociopaths are pop-psychology terms describing two somewhat different types or expressions of antisocial personality disorder.

Narcissistic personality disorder is a separate disorder, but there is much overlap.

Narcissistic traits are inherently part of antisocial personality disorder, and antisocial traits are inherently part of narcissistic personality disorder. Is there more work to be done on defining these disorders?
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10 Self Screening Tools For Mental Illness, Substance Abuse, Etc.

May is Mental Health month, and a timely reminder to screen for mental illness or addiction.

Mental Health America,  a community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans, offers some simple screening tools that can help you determine if you might be experiencing symptoms of mental illness or substance abuse/addiction.

These screening tools
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Marijuana & Schizophrenia

Psychoactive compound in cannabis may trigger schizophrenia in susceptible individuals, says a new study from Tel Aviv University's Sackler School of Medicine.

"Our research demonstrates that cannabis has a differential risk on susceptible versus non-susceptible individuals," said Dr. Barzilay, one of the lead researchers. "In other words, young people with a genetic susceptibility to schizophrenia — those who have psychiatric disorders in their families — should bear in mind that they're playing with fire if...
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Facebook & Narcissists (More Thoughts)

Do Facebook and narcissists go together like salt and pepper? We thought so nearly five years ago.

Now, a recent meta-analysis of 57 studies shows there is indeed a link between narcissism and social media habits.

“We suggest that the link between narcissism and the behavior in social media follows the pattern of a self-reinforcing spiral,” said one of the researchers.

"Grandiose narcissists are encountered more frequently in social networks than vulnerable narcissists.
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