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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %ADDICTIVE CODEPENDENT REACTIONS PUSH BUTTONS FACES+941014 %RESPONSIBILITY PREDICTABLE CONFORMITY CONTROL RULE+941014 %HONOR RECOGNIZE CREATIVE PROPHETS TRUTH HONESTY 941014 Addiction and codependency are two faces of one coin. Addicts and codependents seek security in conformity, but are usually at odds with each other in regards to conformity to what set of standards, rules or rulers. They are embarrassed and made to feel insecure by truly creative people who respond thoughtfully and honestly; being true to themselves and other, rather than reacting thoughtlessly and collusively in attempts to push people's "buttons". Addicts and codependents can understand each other and accommodate to each other in chaotically dysfunctional ways; but they cannot understand or work with people of integrity who are true to themselves and to each other. Truly creative prophets who speak the truth openly and honestly find it difficult to gain honor in their own country, much less their own state, county, city or church---especially if their neighbors are fixated in keeping with the preoccupations of collusive addicts and their codependent supporters. Honor is almost always bestowed in terms of traditional paradigms which are comfortable and comforting to many people. Honor is rarely bestowed promptly upon truly creative people who threaten to overthrow a dysfunctional paradigm or expose collusive patterns of dishonesty. Such honor is usually bestowed by later generations after power has fully passed to new generations which were not threatened by the creativity or the honesty. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================