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How to Stay Stressed
Good Suggestions for Bad Health, by David Gordon

•   Always begin by setting impossibly high standards for yourself
•   Compare yourself only with the greatest masters of all times
•   Take all criticism as total truth and take it personally
•   Condemn all your mistakes and imperfections without mercy

•   View your work not as a commitment but as a burden to resent
•   Fixate on the outcome, and ignore the process
•   Identify the success of every endeavor as an assessment
      of your value as a human being

•   Worry constantly about factors beyond your control
•   Avoid all meditation and relaxation
•   Eliminate your sense of humor
•   Never listen to music for pleasure

•   If you have a physical problem, seek a quick, easy solution outside yourself
•   Don't exercise; eat anything at all, anytime you want
•   Smoke, drink, use stimulants, take drugs
•   Don't fasten your seatbelt

•   Take on too much, never say no
•   Rate everything as critically and equally important
•   Stay disorganized
•   Ignore your support networks
•   Don't ask for help

•   Take no responsibility for your behavior
•   Exploit the friendship of others for your short-term advantage
•   Stay in the victim position
•   When in doubt, blame someone else

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