The Bumptious And The Anxious

From the point of view of proneness to anxiety, humanity can be divided into two personality types. Let us imagine that we are issuing the same challenge to different kinds of people. The naturally self-approving will assume that they have succeeded, whatever the realities of the case, and will think very well of themselves. The naturally anxious will assume that they have failed, equally well whatever the realities of the case, and will despair. Some people find it only too easy to believe that they have done, are doing or always will do the right thing; others find it only too easy to believe that they have done, are doing or always will do the wrong thing. “Spiritual” challenges are no exception.

When Christianity works as per specifications, it seems to do by short-circuiting the whole wretched business of self-assessment and diverting people’s attention from themselves. Instead of crowing or fretting, they will look to God and their neighbour. A person who has thus lost interest in himself is, of course, a rather rare bird. He is also difficult to bully, control or manipulate. Conversely, the easiest kind of people to bully, control and manipulate are the angst-ridden. A psychological set-up that produces such people will also produce the other kind as well, the superior and scornful – often as the ones doing the bullying, controlling and manipulating in the first place.

Posted on January 1, 2010 at 09:18 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink
In: THE LONGEST CON, The Soulbusters

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