Toxic people exhaust themselves with their fantasies of oppression. For example, the “pseudo hippie,” lacking any real interest in nourishing himself or confronting his own hang-ups, becomes a rebel for the sake of being a rebel—it’s better than being nothing. In the process, he latches on to movements or joins groups to which he never feels honestly committed. His phony rebellion ironically emerges as a “way out” brand of conformity. This pattern is also observable in some members of extreme political groups, liberal or reactionary, and in various fanatical religious sects. They rebel automatically and compulsively against everything that fails to support their dogma. Their rebellion does not reflect their personal convictions and integrity; rather, it is. an elaborately disguised scheme to escape the self. As a result, they realize little nourishment for the enormous energy they invest. The self-deprivation of this T pattern is reflected in the increasing rigidity and desperation of their efforts; the more they starve themselves, the more they redouble the intensity of their efforts. The end result is fanaticism, which in itself reflects the psychological death of the victim’s identity.
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THE SELF-POISONER: PATTERNS OF SELF-INDUCED TOXICITY – BEBELLIONITISToxic people exhaust themselves with their fantasies of oppression. For example, the “pseudo hippie,” lacking any real interest in nourishing himself or confronting his own hang-ups, becomes a rebel for the sake of being a rebel—it’s better than being nothing. In the process, he latches on to movements or joins groups to which he never feels honestly committed. His phony rebellion ironically emerges as a “way out” brand of conformity. This pattern is also observable in some members of extreme political groups, liberal or reactionary, and in various fanatical religious sects. They rebel automatically and compulsively against everything that fails to support their dogma. Their rebellion does not reflect their personal convictions and integrity; rather, it is. an elaborately disguised scheme to escape the self. As a result, they realize little nourishment for the enormous energy they invest. The self-deprivation of this T pattern is reflected in the increasing rigidity and desperation of their efforts; the more they starve themselves, the more they redouble the intensity of their efforts. The end result is fanaticism, which in itself reflects the psychological death of the victim’s identity.*74\350\8*

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