posted on Sep, 6 2012 @ 09:36 PM
I get a rush when a post gets stars, a thread gets flags, and most of all when i get an applause message.
Don't you guys feel this way too you dirty narcissists?
I was thinking about narcissism as it relates to forums like this, and found myself wondering whether the anonymity aspect enhances or reduces self
satisfaction. No conclusion there yet.
Also, I find it interesting that the rush I receive from praise tends to be momentary. Meanwhile, when I realize error it sticks longer. On another
thread I commented on how Romney is a flip flopper because Mass. passed gay marriage during his term. Another member schooled me that it was a public
initiative and Romney didn't even have a veto option. The member demanded an apology, which I thought was a waste of time in this case so I didn't
But realizing fault stuck with me for hours.
It's hard to accept personal imperfections isn't it? Does anyone else think it's harder to shake off a moment of error than hang on to a moment of
Maybe that type of thing comes down to a threat to survival being a higher priority than a successful endeavor in terms of evolution. Do we get
freaked out in the dark because our ancestors got jumped by lions?
Even at the cellular level it applies.
Evolution by Mistake
In nature, it turns out, many new traits that, for example, enable their bearers to conquer new habitats, start out as blunders: mistakes made by
cells that result in altered proteins with changed properties or functions that are new altogether, even when there is nothing wrong with the gene
itself. Sometime later, one of these mistakes can get into the gene and become more
Moral of the story, try and embrace mistakes. I'm still haunted by some memories but think that attacking these times of unease and examining their
emotional basis will lead to a healthier mindset. Also, I'm trying to recognize that I will be wrong often and being prepared for mistakes will
assist in the process of letting go.