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Don't Be A Dic...tionary


EMPATHY. the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. putting yourself in someone else’s shoes. the act of understanding someone else’s feelings, thoughts, or point of view.


COMPASSION. conscious concern for the well being of others. to care. to give a damn. to be aware of the needs and desires of others. kindness.


AMBITION. a strong desire to do or achieve something, typically requiring determination or hard work. a core factor in human evolution. determination. drive. vision.


TRUST. the ability to confidently believe that someone else’s intentions are good towards us. trust is something that is felt. It cannot be calculated.


INTEGRITY. doing the right thing when no one is watching, regardless of the consequences and with no promise of reward.


FORGIVENESS. a conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance towards a person or group who has harmed you, regardless of whether they actually deserve your forgiveness.


HAPPINESS. overall life satisfaction. harmony within ones own self. no amount of materialistic wealth, success, recognition, or status can help you attain this.


AUTHENTICITY. being genuine. of undisputed origin. being real. not false, fake, or filtered. being true to yourself. organic. raw.


ADDICTION. a coping mechanism. the result of trying to escape from something by going in the direction of something else. something used to cover up or used in place of a need that is being neglected.

COMMUNITY. a group of people living in the same place who rely on eachother to thrive and grow. a team. these people have an enormous amount of similarities and difference.


ABUSE. to use someone unfairly or improperly to benefit your own life. to accustom someone to behave a certain way and to submissively accept certain circumstances. to train someone to think or act a certain way or to expect certain consequences and punishment. giving your affections to someone based on pre-determined conditions and expecting them to be compliant with these terms.


NARSISISM. a skilled and powerful manipulation tactic used to satisfy an unquenchable thirst for power and adoration. bending others to your will. pawning people against each other. disregard for others. throwing others under the bus to fulfill your own agenda. viewing human beings as disposable objects. obsession with ones own self-interest. disregard for the needs and rights of others.


COINCIDENCE. there is no such thing. everything happens for a reason. everything.


INTROSPECTION. to look inward. the act of thinking about your own actions and inner thoughts. to examine what you do, say, think, and feel and how it effects your life and the lives of others.


OUTCAST. a person who has been rejected by society or a social group.


PREJUDICE. to judge someone based off of superficial nonsense. to treat someone unfairly because of a reason beyond their control.


DEPRESSION. to question and doubt everything. a phase of life in which an individual questions if their life has meaning, purpose, or value. this may last days, weeks, or years. deep introspection. contemplation of the purpose of human existence.


ANXIETY. an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. to be afraid.


ACCEPTANCE. a state of being at peace. free from dissatisfaction. to be in agreement with oneself.


LOVE. a gentle, persistent feeling of compassion and understanding towards another person. not dependent on or conditioned to certain terms. to admire and encourage someone else to grow with or without you and expecting nothing in return. not controlling. not demanding. not bargained for.


FAMILY. those you turn to for unconditional love and support. a specific group of people with an unspoken agreement to care for and love each other.


CONFIDENCE. the absence of fear. a powerful feeling of competence gained from having a great understanding and acceptance of who you are and why you are here.


COURAGE. mental or moral strength to resist opposition, danger, or hardship. moving forward. confronting fear. to take a leap of faith.


STRENGTH. the capacity to withstand great force or pressure. the result of overcoming obstacles. no one is born strong. strength is acquired through hardships.


EQUALITY. looking past appearances and treating everyone fairly. not judging a person or group of people based off of their skin color, religion, country, or social status.


SELF-ESTEEM. love and acceptance of oneself, regardless of the praise or approval of others.


BULLYING. to put down another person or group of people. to tease, taunt or mock. To intentionally make another person feel insecure or inferior or unsafe.


BALANCE. an even distribution that allows someone or something to remain upright and steady. a condition in which different parts are equal or in correct proportion. to put or keep in a steady position so that it does not fall apart.


RESPECT. consideration for the feelings, wishes, and rights of others. to acknowledge. to honor and appreciate the abilities, qualities, or achievements of another person or group of people.


GREED. wanting, taking, or expecting more than you need.


CRUELTY. intentionally harming a person or group of people out of fear or insecurity. to lie. to manipulate or abuse. to poke fun at. to bully. to intimidate or threaten. the act of dismissing, belittling, or mocking another person or group of people’s lives or beliefs.


WEAKNESS. intentionally harming a person or group of people out of fear or insecurity. to lie. to manipulate or abuse. to poke fun at. to bully. to intimidate or threaten. the act of dismissing, belittling, or mocking another person or group of people’s lives or beliefs.


FITNESS. physical, mental, and moral competency.


HOME. somewhere you feel safe and have a sense of belonging. a place you go where you are free to be yourself at all times.


JOY. strong and uncontrollable happiness. to feel complete. a state of lightheartedness and contentment. perfect harmony. organic euphoria.

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