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Dutch explanations

Yesterday’s blog on the 2023 Dutch general election did not include any explanation. Today’s blog will. The main explanation is anger of Dutch voters towards PM Mark Rutte. Hence, all four parties that supported Rutte have lost votes: -24% (abs), -47% (rel), and -36 seats. This anger includes many topics, apart from the number of migrants and refugees. For me, it...

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Is criticism always personal?

Yes, criticism is always personal, despite what articles claim (eg, Quora). As a Receiver of criticism, we tend to fail to differentiate between Sender, Message, and Receiver (ie, us). There are exceptions because some Senders are skilled in delivering their Message of criticism. Hence, it makes sense that our response follows the 5 stages of processing grief a.k.a....

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What to do when there’s no solution or alternative?

I have a dilemma and don't really know what to do besides my acceptance of a certain decision. The how of that decision is the center of my dilemma. I fail to see a solution - or an alternative - for that how. I'm afraid that the how will cause hurt and pain and possibly even regret and/or remorse. Strictly speaking, the model of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (1926-2004)...

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The people we love the most can hurt us the most

A friend says that she envies me for protecting my heart so well. Indeed, it seems that I'm not hurt by the one(s) whom I love the most. Late 2010, I decided to stop my heart from bleeding by building an imaginary sarcophagus around it. Most of the year, it indeed helps me soldiering on. My friend is slowly copying my solution because she fears that the hurting will...

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Damaged goods (2)

Late 2015, I published my blog Damaged goods. Recently, I noticed a Tiny Buddha post: you'll keep meeting the same person in different bodies until you learn the lesson. With hindsight, this feels valid in my situation. However, which lesson should I learn? The picture at the right?? a Tiny Buddha post source I also consider myself as damaged goods. The main...

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He’s gone

Some 25 years ago, we met at work. I suppose our friendship was instant. We had some weird things in common: he and I had the same birthday, though we differed ten years in age. His late wife and my former wife also had the same birthday. Tuesday morning, his daughter wrote that he had passed away. I've been flabbergasted thrice. My June 26 visit left me in shock as...

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