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  1. It is dizzying trying to keep up with the thinking/logic behind the character described in this post. Those of us who do have the ability to think before we act, and who care about others tend to get too involved with trying to “help” that one and to reason with them.
    That is one of my issues I’m dealing with, since I tend to be too caring and too responsible. I grew up wanting to “help” others and now learning boundaries and limits to protect myself.
    The person described here would sure be toxic to a close relationship.

  2. Thank you for pursuing this line of research, beginning with your first book. One of my parents is a CA and it was manageable until I was just a little vulnerable, when the parent would go hogwild with power-grabbing, nudging me from a one-down position to a two-down or three-down position, down a rabbithole that took some time to climb out of.

    I do not know why it took me so long to see it. But as you say advise another article, I will make effort not to engage in self-reproach. I do not want to dwell but this last power-grab did some serious damage to my prospects, I think I can salvage a life out of this but it will be tough. (I have cut off contact with the CA.)

    Thanks again.

  3. I a very happy, that this approach to Disturbed Characters is gaining influence. Definitely, no psychodynamics with them, for sure. Everything fits so perfectly into the events…
    Q: I find it little contradictory, that they CAN delay the ‘gratification’, if they calculate, that it is plausible to get what they want and, on the other hand, acting before thinking, i.e. being impulsive.

    1. Yes, this seems paradoxical. But there’s a difference between “preferred” and “habitual” thinking and behavior patterns and what a person “can” do from a neurological, constitutional, and psychological standpoint. These folks “can” delay, but they prefer not to most times, and habitually don’t. That doesn’t mean they can’t when they really want to or when they believe to do so serves their better interest.

  4. Too much instant gratification available. If you feel you can, you just have blinders. No possible cons enter your mind – sometimes for years.

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