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Here Are the 14 Habits of Highly Miserable People

By Feux Follets following x   2018 Jun 9, 4:04pm 418 views   16 comments   watch   sfw   quote     share    


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.

Why do they do this? After perusing the output of some of the finest brains in the therapy profession, I’ve come to the conclusion that misery is an art form, and the satisfaction people seem to find in it reflects the creative effort required to cultivate it. In other words, when your living conditions are stable, peaceful, and prosperous—no civil wars raging in your streets, no mass hunger, no epidemic disease, no vexation from poverty—making yourself miserable is a craft all its own, requiring imagination, vision, and ingenuity. It can even give life a distinctive meaning.

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.

Here, I cover most areas of life, such as family, work, friends, and romantic partners. These areas will overlap nicely, since you can’t ruin your life without ruining your marriage and maybe your relationships with your children and friends.

It’s inevitable that as you make yourself miserable, you’ll be making those around you miserable also, at least until they leave you—which will give you another reason to feel miserable. So it’s important to keep in mind the benefits you’re accruing in your misery.

Honing Your Misery Skills

Let’s get right to it and take a look at some effective strategies to become miserable. This list is by no means exhaustive, but engaging in four or five of these practices will help refine your talent.

1. Be afraid, be very afraid, of economic loss. In hard economic times, many people are afraid of losing their jobs or savings. The art of messing up your life consists of indulging these fears, even when there’s little risk that you’ll actually suffer such losses.

2. Practice sustained boredom. Cultivate the feeling that everything is predictable, that life holds no excitement, no possibility for adventure, that an inherently fascinating person like yourself has been deposited into a completely tedious and pointless life through no fault of your own.

3. Give yourself a negative identity. Allow a perceived emotional problem to absorb all other aspects of your self-identification.

4. Pick fights. This is an excellent way of ruining a relationship with a romantic partner. Once in a while, unpredictably, pick a fight or have a crying spell over something trivial and make unwarranted accusations.

5. Attribute bad intentions. Whenever you can, attribute the worst possible intentions to your partner, friends, and coworkers. Take any innocent remark and turn it into an insult or attempt to humiliate you.

6. Whatever you do, do it only for personal gain. Sometimes you’ll be tempted to help someone, contribute to a charity, or participate in a community activity. Don’t do it, unless there’s something in it for you, like the opportunity to seem like a good person or to get to know somebody you can borrow money from some day.

7. Avoid gratitude. Research shows that people who express gratitude are happier than those who don’t, so never express gratitude. Counting your blessings is for idiots. What blessings? Life is suffering, and then you die. What’s there to be thankful for?

8. Always be alert and in a state of anxiety. Optimism about the future leads only to disappointment.

9. Blame your parents. Blaming your parents for your defects, shortcomings, and failures is among the most important steps you can take.

10. Don’t enjoy life’s pleasures. Taking pleasure in things like food, wine, music, and beauty is for flighty, shallow people. Tell yourself that. If you inadvertently find yourself enjoying some flavor, song, or work of art, remind yourself immediately that these are transitory pleasures, which can’t compensate for the miserable state of the world. The same applies to nature.

11. Ruminate. Spend a great deal of time focused on yourself. Worry constantly about the causes of your behavior, analyze your defects, and chew on your problems. This will help you foster a pessimistic view of your life.

12. Glorify or vilify the past. Glorifying the past is telling yourself how good, happy, fortunate, and worthwhile life was when you were a child, a young person, or a newly married person—and regretting how it’s all been downhill ever since.

13. Find a romantic partner to reform. Make sure that you fall in love with someone with a major defect (cat hoarder, gambler, alcoholic, womanizer, sociopath), and set out to reform him or her, regardless of whether he or she wants to be reformed.

14. Be critical. Make sure to have an endless list of dislikes and voice them often, whether or not your opinion is solicited. For example, don’t hesitate to say, “That’s what you chose to wear this morning?” or “Why is your voice so shrill?” If someone is eating eggs, tell them you don’t like eggs. Your negativity can be applied to almost anything.

Much More: https://www.alternet.org/here-are-14-habits-highly-miserable-people

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1   Feux Follets   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 9, 4:20pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

In a related news story....

Confirming that the change in outlook was already a massive pain in the ass, area woman Jen McKessy reported Thursday that her plan to be more positive was off to a shitty fucking start.

“Well, I’m not even three days into giving optimism a shot, and it already sucks,” said McKessy, adding that her plan to live in the moment and give people the benefit of the doubt was probably a hopelessly naïve idea to begin with and that a smarter, less awful person would have realized this from the very beginning.

“I can’t believe how quickly keeping things in perspective has gotten fucking unbearable.

I mean, maybe I should feel proud that a fuck-up like me has even lasted 72 hours with a positive attitude, but there’s no way I’m missing out on an opportunity to feel like shit.”

At press time McKessy’s revised plan to complain to everyone she knows was off to an excellent start.

https://local.theonion.com/plan-to-be-more-positive-off-to-shitty-fucking-start-1819580136
2   HEYYOU   ignore (13)   2018 Jun 9, 7:24pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Don't take yourself seriously. There are ~7,600,000,000 others that are more important in their minds.
It's worked for me.
I'm the first one to point out my mistakes & jump someone for not stopping me!
You assholes weren't paying attention were you?
3   Ceffer   ignore (1)   2018 Jun 9, 7:43pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

I'm so glad there is a program to be miserable, rather than waiting for random and unpredictable miserableness to occur!

Self help is wonderful.
4   P N Dr Lo R   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 9, 9:11pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Feux Follets says
some people act as if they just want to be miserable
My band leader friend's parents Tony and Rebecca, probably in their early 60's, are experiencing the worst case of TDS that I've ever known, especially Rebecca--most people I'm friends with are apolitical, so I've never had any other first hand experience with it. Tony posted today that "Knowing that Trump is president makes me feel dirty". Rebecca posted that she may become a British citizen. And what amazes me are the numbers of comments responding in sympathy with them. They have good lives, have lived for about nine months now in the first house they have ever owned--rented all their lives, so it looks like that would distract them and make them happier. I don't think their 33 year old son is as politically obsessed as they are as he stays busy with his 17 piece re-creation orchestra virtually every day of the year, but I know his wife Danielle, who is 12 years older than he, is furious with things political. Also the fact that they have had to move from their rental in a part of Dallas where prices are exploding didn't help. When he plays at the Kessler I often eat with Tony and Rebecca at Norma's Cafe across the street before the show and they are as pleasant as can be, but nothing is ever mentioned about politics thankfully because she has said on Facebook she hates anyone who doesn't hate Trump. They also hate and ridicule religious observance. I think this is a form of mental illness that is completely unnecessary.
5   clambo   ignore (4)   2018 Jun 9, 9:43pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Misery also can come from knowing and being around miserable people. Who is miserable? Losers, nuts, drunks, broke ass, complainers, not bright enough to get or keep a good job, very overweight, anorexics, potheads.
6   Strategist   ignore (1)   2018 Jun 9, 9:46pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

HEYYOU says
Don't take yourself seriously. There are ~7,600,000,000 others that are more important in their minds.
It's worked for me.
I'm the first one to point out my mistakes & jump someone for not stopping me!
You assholes weren't paying attention were you?


I thought you would say something like......If you are a Republican or Democrat, misery comes natural to you.
7   komputodo   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 9, 10:19pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Feux Follets says
Strangely enough, however, some people act as if they just want to be miserable,


Finally!...I knew that sooner or later there would be something we agree upon...Well done!
8   komputodo   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 9, 10:32pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

HEYYOU says
Don't take yourself seriously. There are ~7,600,000,000 others that are more important in their minds.


WTF....you did it too...i totally agree with you. Well said. I'm going to use that.
9   APOCALYPSEFUCKisShostikovitch   ignore (30)   2018 Jun 9, 11:57pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

P N Dr Lo R says
his 17 piece re-creation orchestra virtually every day of the year


Who? What's the book? Big band? Swing?
10   steverbeaver   ignore (1)   2018 Jun 10, 1:57am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

What kind of goyim-herding shit did I just read
11   P N Dr Lo R   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 10, 7:40am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

APOCALYPSEFUCKisShostikovitch says
Who? What's the book? Big band? Swing?

12   P N Dr Lo R   ignore (0)   2018 Jun 10, 7:45am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Feux Follets says
people act as if they just want to be miserable
Almost a perfect description of Louis Auchincloss's 1950 collection of short stories "The Injustice Collectors", described as people who seem to get no pleasure out of life unless they're being mistreated.
13   HEYYOU   ignore (13)   2018 Jun 10, 9:00am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Clicking on patrick.net?clambo says
Misery also can come from knowing and being around miserable people. Who is miserable? Losers, nuts, drunks, broke ass, complainers, not bright enough to get or keep a good job, very overweight, anorexics, potheads.


Sounds like our patnet crew! ;-)
14   Strategist   ignore (1)   2018 Jun 10, 10:01am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

HEYYOU says
Clicking on patrick.net?clambo says
Misery also can come from knowing and being around miserable people. Who is miserable? Losers, nuts, drunks, broke ass, complainers, not bright enough to get or keep a good job, very overweight, anorexics, potheads.


Sounds like our patnet crew! ;-)


Yup. Those losers blame America for everything. As if someone stole the money they never even earned, and are now calling for protests and revolutions.
15   everything   ignore (1)   2018 Jun 11, 2:10pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

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