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12 February 2008 @ 09:32 am
doing unto others as I do unto myself would make me a bad person  
If there are effective paths to self-improvement that don't involve being mean to your self, I have not discovered them. It's only through criticism and denial that I become a better person. The best I can do is to try my best not to apply that same meanness to the people around me, which is harder than it sounds.

Listening to: Catherine Wheel - "Show Me Mary"
doNUT!donutgirl on February 12th, 2008 04:16 pm (UTC)
reward systems can work, too, but it's hard to come up with a reward that isn't a bad thing in itself. Like, it's dangerous to use food as a reward, or shopping, because you can get into trouble that way. For a while I was allowing myself to watch one tv show for every hour of writing I accomplished, but that doesn't seem to work anymore.

I constantly need new techniques to trick myself into writing. Got any suggestions?
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: turqoise scareassmonkeydiary on February 12th, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
My most successful trick is to tell myself that I've got less than a year to live and if I don't get some writing done, won't I feel horrible that I never got that book done.

I don't recommend it.
doNUT!donutgirl on February 12th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
mmm, I don't think that would work for me. I need a much more immediate threat/reward or else I'm useless. I have very little sense of delayed gratification.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: comics: monkey typingassmonkeydiary on February 12th, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
For immediate gratification, I think you need to write nothing but erotica.
a foxy vixen, so illustriousgloriamunty on February 12th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
You're always nice to me!
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: ape in icelandassmonkeydiary on February 12th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
So far! But just you wait....
misterhumbug on February 13th, 2008 03:40 am (UTC)
At the risk of sounding trite... have you tried treating yourself as you would treat others? Sometimes I try to step out of myself and treat myself from a detached perspective. What would I tell a good friend of mine in this same situation?

The trick is, of course, following through with it. Sure, I can GIVE myself good advice, but can I TAKE it?
Pallaspallasathene8 on February 13th, 2008 04:01 am (UTC)
That's hot. The violin girl, I mean, not the masochism.
misterhumbug on February 13th, 2008 06:40 am (UTC)
Hot, yes, but it looks to me like this is the wind-up picture, taken just a split-second before she swings the violin back around and smashes it to smithereens on the ground.

Tsk, tsk, just more proof that our youth is being influenced by too much violins on TV these days.