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|Posted on November 16, 2013 at 3:40 PM|
Watching Mayor Rob Ford of Toronto, Canada on the current TV newscasts, all of us observers are witnessing just exactly what addiction looks like in the person who has this disease. It is quite shocking to hear Mayor Ford talk about the stress he has been under for the past six months, basically excusing the unconscionable alcoholic/drug addicted behavior he has shown to the public. He doesn't realize, nor is he capable at this point in his addiction, of acknowledging his illness nor of understanding just how the past six months, and probably years, have been for his wife, Renata, and family members who are most likely experiencing his intolerable behavior "stone, cold sober". He is bluntly showing all of us what "Denial" looks like in the addicted - the superior, grandiose behavior of self-centeredness, the self-pity, the hostile, abusive aggressiveness of his manner and most pointedly his inability to be truthful and to have empathy for others. His wife looked like a "shrinking violet" as she stood beside him, experiencing deep emotional pain as he apologized for a crude remark he is reported to have said. Renata looked extremely embarrassed beside him, living up to the role of the loyal wife for the public. It seems to me that it was shameful for the Mayor to even have her appear with him while he making such an a..............of himself. I trust the Mayor's wife has the resources to assist and steer her in the right direction for getting help for herself because, based on what is known of a co-dependent's behavior, she needs it desperately and now is the time for her empowerment and self-preservation. As Gloria Steinem said "Power can be taken, but not given. The process of the taking is empowerment in itself."
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