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Dedicating some time to meditation is a meaningful expression of caring for yourself that can help you move through the mire of feeling unworthy of recovery. As your mind grows quieter and more spacious, you can begin to see self-defeating thought patterns for what they are, and open up to other, more positive options.
Dreaming is one thing, and working towards the dream is one thing, but working with expectations in mind is very self-defeating.
I've never worn costume jewelry in my life. It's really very self-defeating. Why should a man buy a woman real jewelry when she wears false pieces?
Isolation is a self-defeating dream.
Carlos Salinas de Gortari
All forms of self-defeating behavior are unseen and unconscious, which is why their existence is denied.
Uncritical American boosterism - automatic endorsement of every government action - is myopic and self-defeating.
Cynicism is the easiest of all reactions, right? But it's also so disappointing and self-defeating.
Russians aren't perfect. Their politics are messed up, and they keep going through self-defeating economic cycles. But I have a lot of respect for Russia, and a lot of love for Russians.
There are about 15 million Muslims in the EU. They face ignorance, insult and even persecution. They cannot be wished away. To impose Enlightenment freedoms is self-defeating. Anyway, the Muslims have their own enlightenment.
Where are the exhortations for children to reject the self-defeating stereotypes that reduce black people to violent, oversexed 'gangstas,' minstrel show comedians and mindless athletes?
There is nothing worth having that can be obtained by nuclear war - nothing material or ideological - no tradition that it can defend. It is utterly self-defeating.
Today, to allege corruption seems to be the pastime of most people. All kinds of allegations are leveled. I think it is self-defeating.
I think women have a hard time not apologizing their way into negotiations. We tend to back in to these conversations in a self-deprecating and ultimately self-defeating way.
Hostility toward Iran may not be the silliest of all American foreign policies - that would probably be the continuing trade embargo of Cuba - but it is undoubtedly the most self-defeating.
Legislation that would withhold funding for the United Nations is fundamentally flawed in concept and practice, sets us back, is self-defeating, and doesn't work.
When somebody says that all statements are false, the obvious problem is that as an assertion it's self-defeating.
A lot of our Democratic consultants have fallen into the self-defeating prescription that the candidate that runs the most negative ads wins. I have a new theory: Positive is the new negative.
Is there anything more self-defeating than using technology to free up your time - so that you can learn how to do an even better job at it?
It's morally wrong, and economically self-defeating, that so much wealth flows upwards towards the richest of Americans, while millions work full time but still can't provide for their families.
Charles B. Rangel
It is always self-defeating to pretend to a generation younger than your own; it simply erases your own experience in history.
You don't want to go around willy-nilly suing news organizations. That's probably self-defeating.
C. S. Lewis
John F. Kennedy
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