In the hate column: dictatorship, religion, stupidity, demagogy, censorship, bullying, and intimidation.
In the love column: literature, irony, humor, the individual, and the defense of free expression.
Here are some cuts from the soul-destroying album that played on repeat in my brain every time I walked into a room: These beliefs ruled most of my adult life, and the results of these beliefs were devastating.
Because I lived in fear of other people and their opinions of me, it almost destroyed my career, my social life, and anything else meaningful in my life.
“Look how we take your children and sacrifice them and there’s nothing you can do.
If you lift a finger, we will destroy every last one of you.
One thing I have noticed is that an internalized sense of false modesty helps people underestimate their own power.
While most of us rightly want to be exceptional in some way or another, we often feel a lot of social and moral pressure not to think of ourselves as generally better than others.
And, even more urgently, we feel pressure not to convey to others that we think ourselves superior and not to be primarily by a desire to be generally better than others.
Regaining confidence Displaying your confidence Responding with clarity Community Q&A Have you ever had an intimidating person leave you speechless, causing you to feel that you didn't have any courage to talk?
Creepy things to say to a girl or a guy when you want to freak them out.