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Self-love or philautia vs narcissism

Recognition

My recent blog on compensation did not mention the word above: recognition. These topics could, however, be related for some but not necessarily. My writing (2014-today) started as therapeutic following my 2013 burnout and subsequent depression. I doubt it now relates to finding recognition. "Recognition in sociology is the public acknowledgement of a person's...

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Love, Knowledge & Power and zero-sum

My Thursday night was restless due to the upcoming full moon of 16 May. My mind kept wondering about zero-sum outcomes within the Love, Knowledge & Power domains of the 7 Belief systems. The Power domain always has a zero-sum outcome: one man's loss is another man's gain. How about the other two? The Love domain has various outcomes. For some, there is synergy...

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The road to self-love or philautia

Last Thursday morning, Dutch band Rondé was promoting their new single: I'm ready to love myself (see song below). The band's singer was talking about her transformation to self-love (in Greek: philautia). Before, she did not believe in the healing nature of loving yourself. How do you get there? It's important to realise that both love and self-love are output and...

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Negativity: not forgetting + not forgiving + not loving (yourself)

I'm not good in forgetting (eg, bad events). I forgive easily but not everyone. For decades, I did not love myself (eg, failed marriage). My introspection, following my 2013 burnout and subsequent depression, allowed me to achieve philautia or self-love. Narcissism is an extreme form of self-love and/but without any doubt. Writing the aforementioned paragraph made...

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Positivity = forget + forgive + love (yourself)

A month ago, I had an epiphany. I suddenly realized that negativity = not forgetting + not forgiving + not loving (yourself). My blog title is the opposite, for obvious reasons. Positivity = forget + forgive + love (yourself). Quite quickly, it struck me that there is - again - an overlap with my concept of Love, Knowledge & Power, as well as the (ancient)...

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Gratitude

I never wrote about this topic before. That is weird as it's quite important to me: both in giving as in receiving. After checking my blogs, I found a few references but only in this context: do not expect gratitude. In general, I differentiate between the following five types of situations: family, friends, sports, study, work. Gratitude might be the most obvious...

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