Quick, is there anyone who comes immediately to mind when you read the title of this story? Conjure an image of their face in your mind.
Now, imagine that everyone you know is reading this post simultaneously. What are the odds that your face graces the imagination of a friend, co-worker or family member?
In other words—are you, at times, passive aggressive, manipulative, gossipy, or duplicitous?
If you answered quickly with a resounding, “No! Not me—but let me tell you about my boss, mother-in-law, sister, or friend,” you can stop reading right now. These words will most likely be a waste of your time. And I estimate that it will take the average reader about 12 minutes to read them all. But it’s your call.
The danger in writing about this issue, and other dysfunctional personality traits and behaviors, is that, if I’m not careful, I can set the ball rolling in the blame game—a contest that has no winners, a contest that makes victims of everyone. And self-appointed victims are perhaps the most cray-cray of all. Continue Reading