"Don't copulate with people you don't want to fall in love with, because you may do just that." - Helen Fischer
BETWEEN the "I" that is us and our illness that presumes to establish dominion over the "I" is a battle played out on the field of behavior. Everything is fair game, from our likes and dislikes to how we relate to people to how we experience our surroundings.
In some instances, we need to accept who we are and adapt accordingly. In others, we can give thanks for those parts of us that are true gifts. But first, we need to figure out who we truly are, and that requires rigorous and unflinching self-inquiry. These articles will whet your appetite.
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The pic to illustrate Behavior is a close-up of Holbein's "Henry VIII." The monarch's defying the Pope and killing off half his serial wives takes care of the seriously disturbed side of the personality equation. His sixteenth century rock star status - he was an accomplished lutenist, singer, organist, and composer, and a generous patron of the arts - captures the creative and positive side. Mind you, Henry's way of resolving personal domestic quarrels can also be regarded as creative.