In recent months I’ve taken a pretty narrow approach to the devotionals. I’ve written almost exclusively on spiritual matters. This month, I’m going to try something new. I’m going to broaden the scope and try to expose you all to other people and what they’re saying on all matters recovery. Each day I’ll give a link to an article or video and provide some brief commentary.
Article: Our Personality Challenges
My thoughts: Just read this.
Here’s an excerpt:
…As ominous and malignant as the term may sound, character defects are merely personality traits that create problems in coping with life as it is. It may be more helpful to view them as character or personality challenges.
We are really talking about basic human qualities—ways of relating to oneself, to others, and to the world—that have become exaggerated and distorted, creating suffering for the individual and those around him or her. Personality challenges exist on a continuum for everyone—whether they struggle with addiction or chronic pain, or any other serious condition or not—from very little of a prickly personality trait to a truckload of it. Even people who are models of mental health and emotional well-being can display some degree of impatience, intolerance, being judgmental, insecurity, resentment, defensiveness, disproportionate frustration or anger, self-centeredness, etc. from time to time…