Saturday, February 27, 2016

Insights into mental (dis)order - Personality Disorders - Diversions, too.

Trying to gain some insight exploring relationships with persons who are mentally unstable in "normal" relationships.

Worked through these in the past weeks:

Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson.

Both were biographical satire about being unstable, anxious, depressed, suicidal.  They helped me peer through life through the eyes of an other.

These three books were most helpful from my small pile:

Talking to Crazy: How to Deal with the Irrational and Impossible People in Your Life by Mark Goulston.  The book offered page after page of insight and practices that can be implemented to pause for poise and DNR (Do Not Resuscitate).

Psychopath Free (Expanded Edition): Recovering from Emotionally Abusive Relationships with Narcissists, Sociopaths, and other Toxic People by Jackson MacKenzie.  With many good insights, particularly several lists and the description of The Black Hole.

In Sheep's Clothing (Revised Edition): Understanding and Dealing with Manipulative People by George Simon, Jr., Ph.D.

Other reads - in no particular order though each was less insightful (or said the same things) as the former.

Character Disturbance: The Phenomenon of Our Age by George K. Simon, Jr. Ph.D.

Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us by Robert D. Hare, Ph.D.

The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist's Personal Journey Into the Dark Side of the Brain by James Fallon.

Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight by M.E. Thomas.

The Psychopath Whisperer: The Science of Those Without Conscience by Kent A. Kiehl, Ph.D.

The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry by Jon Ironson.

To break up the reading above, 

I was delighted to engage Simone Weil in a collection of writings pulled together by Eric O. Springsted.  I'll come back to read more from Weil.  I don't know her well enough.

Putting God Second:  How to Save Religion from Itself was sent to me - by I don't know who.  The author needs to read Rene' Girard.

A delightful tale of relationship:  A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.

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