Niccolò Machiavelli (via onlinecounsellingcollege)
I’m betting a lot of people are reblogging this because they’re feeling sad about how isolating the state of human existence is, but Machiavelli was actually trying to teach people to take advantage of this image issue for political reasons, with a questionable level of ethics.
So people are thinking “this is sad, and lonely, ‘cause I’m an okay person I think and it’d be nice if people knew and maybe even appreciated that” but really Nicky’s basically saying “Go ahead, be a shithead. Be the shithead; just don’t let anyone realize that you’re being a shithead or they’ll turn on you for doing all that shithead stuff you did.”
Basically, instead of bemoaning the isolation, take advantage of it. Not to become a manipulative dickhead/possible murder ie a Machiavel exactly, but to keep in mind that a) your identity is yours to reveal and do with as you please. Turn this into a comforting strength, as opposed to a source of distress - nobody can take this from you, ergo what they think really doesn’t matter.
I don’t think people realise how hard it is to re-discover the person you were before depression or even try to remember your own personality
and if you’ve had depression since early childhood you don’t even know if you have your own personality
you didn’t have time to be a person before depression
and it’s scary having no idea who you are