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Control Your Dark Side 🌘

Don’t be consumed by your shadow

Christopher J. Fritz 👁️
2 min readMay 19, 2023

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People are weird, and, unfortunately, most should not be trusted.

The problem is not that a large number of people are bad, but that it is difficult to see what a person is like until you know them for a good while.

How people react to stress, to frustration, and to rejection reveals a lot about them. Likewise, how people treat others, they may eventually treat you, so observe your “friends” carefully.

For example, it’s a bit of a cliche, but if you want to glimpse a person’s heart, watch how they treat those who they perceive to be “lower class” than themselves, like service staff or janitors.

If your “friend” is the type to abuse people who they perceive to be “less valuable” than themselves — beware; they are likely to abandon you the moment you stop being useful to them.

Life is unpredictable, and there will be times where you need help from a friend, To that end, it is absolutely critical that you learn to tell good ones from bad ones.

Even beyond this, though, it’s important to recognize that you have the potential to exhibit this exact same behavior if you are not vigilant.

For this reason, you must not only observe your friends, but also yourself.

Control your own darkness, lest you become what you despise in others. 🎭

Quote Of The Week

“Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.” — Carl Jung

Strange Fact

In human psychology, there is a collection of traits known as “The Dark Triad,” which includes narcissism, machiavellianism, and psychopathy.

In a nutshell, these traits are measures of self-centeredness, manipulative tendencies, and a lack of empathy.

Here’s the thing: these traits exist in all people to a certain extent — even you — so it’s important to be vigilant for signs of them, both in yourself and others.

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See you next time,

Chris 💀

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Christopher J. Fritz 👁️

Mind Your Mind 🧠 | Writer, Podcaster, Musician, + Entrepreneur | Explore my work at: https://chrisfritz.me