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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Most of us claim we want to be happy -- to have meaningful lives, enjoy ourselves, experience fulfillment, and share love and friendship with other people and maybe other species, like dogs, cats, birds, and whatnot. Strangely enough, however, some people act as if they just want to be miserable, and they succeed remarkably at inviting misery into their lives, even though they get little apparent benefit from it, since being miserable doesn't help them find lovers and friends, get better jobs, make more money, or go on more interesting vacations.

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So if you aspire to make yourself miserable, what are the best, most proven techniques for doing it? Let's exclude some obvious ways, like doing drugs, committing crimes, gambling, and beating up your spouse or neighbor. Subtler strategies, ones that won't lead anyone to suspect that you're acting deliberately, can be highly effective. But you need to pretend that you want to be happy, like everybody else, or people won't take your misery seriously. The real art is to behave in ways that'll bring on misery while allowing you to claim that you're an innocent victim, ideally of the very people from whom you're forcibly extracting compassion and pity.

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#1 | Posted by truthhurts at 2018-06-10 04:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Clinically diagnosed depression is real ...

CDC: U.S. Suicide Rates Have Climbed Dramatically
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The author of the "article", Cloe Madanes / Psychotherapy Networker, is pretty clueless. And what exactly is a 'pyschotherapy networker'? I guess it's a massage therapist for the mind who's also on Facebook.

#2 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-06-10 05:11 PM | Reply

#1

I would add "as a rabid partisan"

On both sides of the aisle, the rabbit partitions appear to be totally miserable

#3 | Posted by eberly at 2018-06-10 05:25 PM | Reply

decent article.

#4 | Posted by Tor at 2018-06-10 05:30 PM | Reply

Great post

#5 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-06-10 07:05 PM | Reply

I would add being a 3rd party voter in a 2 party system.... sort a daily Mr Irrelevant Award.

#6 | Posted by Corky at 2018-06-10 07:15 PM | Reply

Per the link ...

1. Be afraid, be very afraid, of economic loss.
2. Practice sustained boredom.
3. Give yourself a negative identity.
4. Pick fights.
5. Attribute bad intentions.
6. Whatever you do, do it only for personal gain.
7. Avoid gratitude.
8. Always be alert and in a state of anxiety.
9. Blame your parents.
10. Don't enjoy life's pleasures.
11. Ruminate.
12. Glorify or vilify the past.
13. Find a romantic partner to reform.
14. Be critical.

All of the above describes working at the Trump White House to a tee ...

John Kelly: White House Is a Miserable Place to Work
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Kelly should post these 14 points up in the Oval Office, though I doubt Trump can pry himself away from surfing porn long enough to notice.

#7 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-06-10 07:25 PM | Reply

Those 14 describe liberals to a tee...

And it's hilarious you cant see it in yourselves.

#8 | Posted by boaz at 2018-06-11 07:37 AM | Reply

Sorry to say this, but I deal with both people who identify as left and right. The right is much more happy. The left just sit and whine. The lefties tend to take a lot more pills.

#9 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-06-11 10:16 AM | Reply

#8 | POSTED BY BOAZ

#9 | POSTED BY DOCNJO

Oh, you two.

#10 | Posted by memyselfini at 2018-06-11 11:39 AM | Reply

#9 | POSTED BY DOCNJO

Yeah the "the sky is falling" side is happier. Ha! That's hilarious. The right lives in perpetual fear and think the US is a -------- (while ironically attempting to make that true).

#11 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-06-11 01:25 PM | Reply

How cute... a ℞€₽𝝁฿£ℹ︎¢£º₩₦ ------------ manual.

#12 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2018-06-11 07:48 PM | Reply

"Those 14 describe liberals to a tee..."

Boaz fails to understand that liberals are the optimists, we see the way the world could be while conservatives fear that we will get our way. The right always lives in fear while the left always lives for hope.

#13 | Posted by danni at 2018-06-12 08:51 AM | Reply

"The lefties tend to take a lot more pills."

You are a liar.

#14 | Posted by danni at 2018-06-12 08:52 AM | Reply

The lefties tend to take a lot more pills.

Perhaps that's in lieu of taking out their anger on the downtrodden, so long as we're playing with stereotypes.

#15 | Posted by JOE at 2018-06-12 09:00 AM | Reply

"Boaz fails to understand that liberals are the optimists"

Holy ----. what a load of total crap. Especially when you recognize who typed that.

Jesus Christ, are you serious, Danni?

go back and read your posts....and tell me you are an "optimist".

As a fence sitter here, I believe I'm more optimistic than most. But nobody is accused of being optimistic....instead, I'm "blind". I see a ---- ton of pessimism here mostly all from the more extreme on both sides.

both extremes represent the "sky is falling attitude"

#16 | Posted by eberly at 2018-06-12 09:06 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

www.newsmax.com

#17 | Posted by eberly at 2018-06-12 09:18 AM | Reply

#16 | Posted by eberly, there is nothing "liberal" about the left as it is now.

#18 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-06-13 08:51 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Jesus Christ, are you serious, Danni?
go back and read your posts....and tell me you are an "optimist". "

At least I believe that if we reversed some of the things Republicans are doing we could improve the plight of most Americans. Republicans believe that if you're poor, you deserve to be poor with no consideration for changing anything that might help those people get out of poverty.
We should look back to the time before FDR who changed our country much for the better because he was an optimist, he thought things could improve despite his opposition who insisted it couldn't. Think about JFK, do you think he was a pessimist? Clinton? Obama? You don't see the optimism in their messages? Then you just don't want to see it.

#19 | Posted by danni at 2018-06-13 08:58 AM | Reply

"Posted by eberly, there is nothing "liberal" about the left as it is now."

That sentence doesn't even make sense. It's just dumb. Supporting Single Payer healthcare is liberal. Supporting higher minimum wages is liberal. Not supporting voter suppression by Republicans is liberal. The left is still as liberal as ever but the right has moved from conservative to reactionary. From conservative to f*****g crazy.

"This is what I mean by my constant insistence upon "moderation" in government. Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are H. L. Hunt (you possibly know his background), a few other Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid."

Dwight D. Eisenhower

teachingamericanhistory.org

#20 | Posted by danni at 2018-06-13 09:02 AM | Reply

#20 | Posted by danni, What is liberal about speech codes, segregated dorms and attacking individuals trying to speak at a public form? Also hallmarks of the new left.

#21 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-06-13 09:14 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

--What is liberal about speech codes, segregated dorms and attacking individuals trying to speak at a public form? Also hallmarks of the new left.

Nothing liberal about them. These people have abandoned classical liberal values in favor of authoritarian progressivism, old Marxist wine in a new bottle.

#22 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-06-13 09:22 AM | Reply

#22 | Posted by nullifidian , They just call it "Critical Theory", which is a Marxist doctrine originating from the German Communist at Columbia back during the late 30s.

#23 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-06-13 09:32 AM | Reply

"What is liberal about speech codes, segregated dorms and attacking individuals trying to speak at a public form? "

All liberals aren't perfect but none of us are carrying torches in Charlottesville. If I had to err, either too far left or too far right, I'd choose left. Providing basic necessities like healthcare as a human right, food, housing, employment, as basic human rights are my core beliefs. If you equate that with authoritarianism that's your problem, that's your insanity. It is absolutely b.s. nonsense. It is human decency and yes, I actually do believe in human rights. I don't really care what fossils like you think about it. And yes, I will get off your lawn you old angry fossil. Nulli, you prove the article's validity, you display virtually every characteristic of a miserable person. I can honestly tell you, in my personal life, no one thinks I'm miserable. Quite the opposite. I feel sad for you.

#24 | Posted by danni at 2018-06-13 09:32 AM | Reply

--They just call it "Critical Theory", which is a Marxist doctrine originating from the German Communist

Quite familiar with it. I was a Marcusean in the 70s and once attended a lecture by Herbert Marcuse--the "Father of the New Left"--in LA. His essay "Repressive Tolerance" is the handbook for today's SJWs.

#25 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-06-13 09:49 AM | Reply

#24 | Posted by danni What do you call an individual who is guaranteed food, housing, medical care and employment? We used to call those people slaves.

#26 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-06-13 09:51 AM | Reply

"in my personal life, no one thinks I'm miserable. "

Really? You're the optimist in your personal life?

My God.......

#27 | Posted by eberly at 2018-06-13 09:56 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

--"in my personal life, no one thinks I'm miserable. "

But on this blog, everyone thinks you're bitter and angry. Hell, you were calling for a military coup to prevent Trump's inauguration. Some "liberal".

#28 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-06-13 10:03 AM | Reply

"Quite familiar with it. I was a Marcusean in the 70s and once attended a lecture by Herbert Marcuse--the "Father of the New Left"--in LA."

Before you sold your soul, you mean?

#29 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2018-06-13 11:25 AM | Reply

24 | Posted by danni What do you call an individual who is guaranteed food, housing, medical care and employment? We used to call those people slaves.

#26 | POSTED BY DOCNJO AT 2018-06-13 09:51 AM | FLAG:

So treading people decently is slavery? How positively Orwellian.

#30 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2018-06-13 11:26 AM | Reply

22 | Posted by nullifidian , They just call it "Critical Theory", which is a Marxist doctrine originating from the German Communist at Columbia back during the late 30s.

#23 | POSTED BY DOCNJO AT 2018-06-13 09:32 AM | FLAG:

And just what would you know about critical theory,
You dumb grunt?

#31 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2018-06-13 11:29 AM | Reply

Treating people, not treading people (which perhaps cannot be done decently)

#32 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2018-06-13 11:30 AM | Reply

#31 | Posted by DirkStruan In sociology and political philosophy, the term Critical Theory describes the neo-Marxist philosophy of the Frankfurt School, which was developed in Germany in the 1930s. Frankfurt theorists drew on the critical methods of Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud. Critical Theory maintains "that ideology is the principal obstacle to human liberation". Critical Theory was established as a school of thought primarily by five Frankfurt School theoreticians: Herbert Marcuse, Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer, Walter Benjamin, and Erich Fromm. Modern Critical Theory has additionally been influenced by György Lukács and Antonio Gramsci, as well as the second generation Frankfurt School scholars, notably Jürgen Habermas. In Habermas's work, Critical Theory transcended its theoretical roots in German idealism, and progressed closer to American pragmatism. Concern for social "base and superstructure" is one of the remaining Marxist philosophical concepts in much of contemporary Critical Theory. "To each according to their needs, from each according to their abilities", therein is the problem, who determines what is needed and who determines what is expected? The "dictatorship of the proletariat" is much more bloody than the rule of the the bourgeoisie.

#33 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-06-13 04:24 PM | Reply

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