If you loved Summer Heights High, Kath & Kim, and abrasive Aussie humor, meet Christian Vain: a fictional douche-lord and momma's boy whose ego is about to be shattered thanks to some sneaky producers.
Something becomes true for him only when others believe that it's true. That is not the mark of a self-confident, self-respecting individual. Donald Trump may well be described as a narcissist, a braggart or a windbag. But an egoist? Definitely not.
Politicians are groomed by us--by our applause, by our polls, by our votes. Whatever you seem to love or hate, they'll embrace or reject. So be careful what you applaud or attack. That what's they -- and all the little future leaders watching them -- will think you want in a leader.
Every victim needs a villain. Chose to be a survivor, a champion of your own soul and realize that everyone makes mistakes and does stupid things. It allows you a little permission to lose your own shit once in awhile when a HYMN throws down.
Go ahead and tell your kids they're special as much as you like. Celebrate their accomplishments and let them see the proud gleam in your eyes, but make sure they know you adore them for who they are, regardless of whether or not they win or succeed.
When you get to be 50-plus, you've likely had more than a few relationships, and more than a few reasons why you haven't found that lifelong soulmate (who exists only in your mind). Have we failed? Not found the 'right' person? Sabotaged the relationships for reasons only shrinks can discern?