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Anatomy of a Symptom
Ever wonder why people engage in seemingly self-destructive behavior? That is, why do people do things that appear to be against their best interests? Why do they continue to engage in troublesome behavior even though it consistently leads them into a state of utter misery? We've all seen this in our friends and even, regrettably, in ourselves.

For example, consider the following scenarios:

  • The friend who always chooses dead-beat partners

    Ever wondered why your best friend, who's very bright and outstanding in her field, always chooses "dead-beat" partners? While her unemployed friend relaxes and "lives high off the hog," she's industriously working, paying living expenses and taxes for two. Eventually, she questions the wisdom of her ways and jettisons her intimate only to replace him/her with a "look-a-like". To everyone else, the warning signs are apparent, but she's oblivious to them. Why can't she see what is transparent to those closest to her?
  • Your colleague toils long hours for low pay while the boss is out establishing his consulting business

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