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Do you think MI makes you more egoistic or the other way around?

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I know that one of the symptoms of some MI is that you are more concerned about yourself.

What's more, when you're sick you think a lot about how poor you are and how unlucky you are and that all makes you more egotic. I know it myself, I sometimes think I should be treated more gently by other people and expect some extra care from them.

But on the other hand it made me understand people with similar problems and show more empathy for them. But I still have a feeling that sometimes I think too much about myself,  considering all my problems, my past and my future. I would like to be different at this point and don't concentrate about myself so much and I think it would help to be more open and have more friends.

Do you find it a big problem too? Or the other way around? The MI taught you to feel more for others?

 

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I think that it depends on the flavour of your MI. Mine is based on interpersonal trauma, so I think way more about the other person or the other people. My MI tells me that the more that I can satisfy the other person's needs, even at the expense of myself, the less likely that I am to get hurt. So I will literally self-sacrifice for them.

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Just keeping it together can be a full time job, so its bound to make one a good bit self involved.  I find that my need for privacy (coupled with social anxiety) limiting my social interactions.  Vicious cycle really, self involved and emotionally isolated.  I wish I didn't hide from people and was more outgoing but for now my best friends are my pets.  I really wish I had a human in my life (outside of therapy) with whom I could share what is really going on without being judged but haven't taken the risk to find the right person yet.  It would take me a long time to really open up.  I do find that I have great empathy for those struggling with MI. 

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I believe that it's neither. I'd say it's human nature to focus or even hyperfocus on what is affecting you the most. Whatever that happens be, I'd bet you spend a disproportional amount of time fixating on that, vs the mundane occurrences which have little to no effect on you. What we all seem to share as members of this board, is that MI is one of the biggest or perhaps the biggest thing having an impact on our lives.

So we fixate.

MI just happens to be located internally, in our heads.

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same with any other illness. it's normal, and not bad at all.

and people around you should be expected to have some empathy. it's like a person having a broken leg -theyre not as mobile and should account for that.

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