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HELP! - "I am addicted to self pity!"

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In our HELP! SITUATION SPOTLIGHT™ series, we shine the light on challenges that community members have shared with me. This episode is, “I am addicted to self pity!”

Addiction is an awful state to be in (no matter whether it is caused by choices, brain chemistry, traumatic events, or any other catalyst). The perception of being unable to control yourself is frightening and destructive. Whether it is food, finance, romance, substances, or any other issue it is a scary place to be to struggle for control of yourself. Some advise you to ceed control to others (people and/ or entities),  others advise you to take control (“get yourself together!”). We explore questions and share perspectives and potential solutions on this show so I encourage you to do so for yourself. What is the best way for someone to handle an addiction to their own thoughts of self-pity?


pit·y - “a strong feeling of sadness or sympathy for someone or something” (Merriam-Webster)

self–pity - “a feeling of pity for yourself because you believe you have suffered more than is fair or reasonable” (Merriam-Webster)

What is fair or reasonable for a person to suffer? Why should you not be burdened by pain? Why should you visit your pain on other people (which now causes more pain for them)? Let’s delve into this murky mess of self-pity addicts. 

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