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Q-tip – Quit taking it personally

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This topic contains 18 replies, has 4 voices, and was last updated by  Sunnygal 1 week, 6 days ago.

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  • #42273

    Sunnygal
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    This is a slogan I got from Al-Anon but it can be used here also.

  • #42274

    Sunnygal
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    The disordered do what they do because they are disordered. You just happened to be convenient.

  • #42283

    cloud79
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    You can’t not take it personally if a sociopath has caused irreversible damage to your life and health . Bear in mind they are capable of controlling their actions. They are not mentally ill! I believe this attitude lets them get away with it and justifies their antics and criminal activities. They know exactly what they are doing and are doing it with premeditation!

  • #42286

    Sunnygal
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    This doesn’t let them get away with it but helps you be objective. That helps IMO.

  • #42287

    cloud79
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    I am being objective. He did it to me because he wanted to . He knew what he was doing. He carefully planned it and executed it . As I had said before, they are not mentally ill, their judgment is not impaired. They have a choice . I could perhaps understand if a person who is schizophrenic or psychotic committed such acts .

  • #42288

    Sunnygal
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    Well their brain is different. I don’t know if they have a choice.

  • #42290

    cloud79
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    Yes, their brains are different. However,antisocial personality disorder is not even classified as a mental illness. They can’t enter insanity plea in court .
    They don’t run around hacking people with an axe in public . They carefully plan their actions, they know that what they are doing is wrong and socially unacceptable. They can choose to stop at any time .
    They don’t want to be cheated on but they cheat on their partners without blinking an eye .
    Now imagine that a psychopath kills someone you know, someone close to you . Would you still not take it personally because his brain is different?

  • #42295

    Sunnygal
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    I guess I see it differently than you and I’ll leave it at that. You might look at Donna’s post.

  • #42315

    AnnettePK
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    A spath will victimize anyone without regard to who they are – their parents, their children, their spouse, and/or perfect strangers – if he thinks he will benefit and if he thinks he won’t get caught. Spaths don’t bond to individual people, nor do they victimize someone because of who she is or because she deserves to be victimized in some way. It is impersonal to the spath whom he targets; therefore there is nothing wrong with the victim that ’caused’ her to be victimized.

  • #42316

    cloud79
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    The fact that they abuse others as well and that there were and will be more victims does not make the damage any less personal!
    I also believe that if people were taking the abuse more personally the perpetrators would be exposed and punished more often.
    Only because I had taken mine personally the Michigan con artist ended up in jail. Clearly no one before me did, as I was told by a lawyer linked to the case that ‘he misled a lot of people’…

  • #42317

    AnnettePK
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    Cloud, In what specific ways do you feel you take abuse more personally? Do you feel your abuser would not abuse other people as he abused you?

    What specific actions did you do that were different than others that you believe led to the incarceration of your abuser?

    In what ways do you feel that you are different than other victims of abuse?

  • #42318

    cloud79
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    I did not shrug it off and said ‘oh well, he did it to others as well, I just need to forget about it and move on ‘ .
    So far he was getting away with it because his family , including his wife was covering up for him .
    I provided evidence of his actions and pictures of forged documentation and thanks to that the case went public and he was sentenced . And now anyone can google his name and village name and find out that he is a con man who did time for forgery .

  • #42319

    AnnettePK
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    Thanks for explaining. I don’t think that not taking a spath’s behavior personally is the same as shrugging it off and forgetting about it. For most victims, it’s not possible to respond to profound betrayal, manipulation, exploitation in that way. Holding the abuser accountable and hopefully preventing harm to other victims when possible are responsible choices that can help bring closure for the victim. These are not mutually exclusive with what most
    people on this site mean when we speak of not taking the abuse personally, which is an understanding that spaths don’t bond and that they choose to abuse anyone they can get away with it, not that there’s anything special about any particular victim. They just don’t care, one way or the other.

    Forgery is a criminal offense, what a blessing that he did not ‘get away with it.’ Sadly, more often than not spaths do not get caught, and much of their abuse is subtle and not technically illegal or very difficult to prove.

  • #42322

    cloud79
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    I agree that in this case ‘taking personally’ can be understood in two different ways.
    By all means I do not blame myself for what he had done to me .

  • #42323

    Sunnygal
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    cloud79 I’m glad you brought charges against the spath and he was charged with forgery. I complained to authorities about the abusive/gaslighting behavior of a spath and now have no contact. I think this guy targeted me because I was convenient and I don’t take it personally but whether you take it personally or not, it is always good to notify authorities and stop the abusive behavior if you can.

  • #42613

    Sunnygal
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    I find this helpful.

  • #42939

    Sunnygal
    Participant

    Good to remember.

  • #42943

    Stargazer
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    When I was still embroiled with the sociopath, I took it very personally that he targeted me. When he lovebombed me, I thought it was because I was so special and had finally found the one man who could see my greatness. Then when he discarded me, I also took this very personally. I felt like I wasn’t good enough and that other women he was chatting up had something better than I did. When he tried to stalk me later on, I felt special because he had to drive an hour and a half to do it. As I began working on my own feelings of self-worth, I stopped taking men’s behaviors so personally and basing my self-worth on how they treat me. That is not to say that I don’t feel hurt by certain behaviors. It also doesn’t mean I shouldn’t set limits and take appropriate actions when possible. The feelings of hurt, anger, and betrayal are real. The rest is just a story our ego tells us to protect our most vulnerable feelings. Keeping it real, we can never really know what goes on in another person’s mind and heart. We can make a pretty good guess based on past behaviors. But at the end of the day, all we can do is own our own feelings and set limits with those who do not respect us. We can take action and exact justice when we can. But it is pointless to take others’ behaviors personally. I feel we cannot truly have healthy relationships without mastering that one.

    I don’t really know or care if the sociopath I dated all those years ago went on to find someone else. I assume he did. I assume he also played games with all his subsequent victims as he did with me, but I don’t really know and don’t really care. I held him accountable for his actions with me to the full extent I was legally able. Then I let it go. My only concern was – and is – that I never hear from him again. Because I know he would be ever-present walking danger to me if he were a part of my life – not because of anything personal toward me but just because of what he is.

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  • #43058

    Sunnygal
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    Spaths act out their disorder.

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