Moissanite Earrings, The Modern Brazilian Beetle.

Written by Peter Crump

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Earrings took a back seat for quite some time, but re-emerged unscathed aroundrepparttar sixteenth century. Atrepparttar 143821 time womenís hairstyles crept up exposingrepparttar 143822 ears again and byrepparttar 143823 seventeenth century earrings were back in fashion.

Earrings then were often long and heavy and extended use resulted in women suffering permanently stretched ear lobes. This can be clearly seen in pictures of Queen Victoria, a dedicated earring wearer. Perhaps she had a lot to do withrepparttar 143824 fashion ofrepparttar 143825 time.

Earring fashions varied with hairstyles. Whenrepparttar 143826 hair was worn onrepparttar 143827 top ofrepparttar 143828 headrepparttar 143829 ears were prominently displayed and so earrings were essential, however from time to timerepparttar 143830 hairstyles favoured coveringrepparttar 143831 ears, and earrings went back out of fashion.

All sorts of exotic earring materials were used including inrepparttar 143832 late 1800s, of all things, Brazilian beetles for their attractive green color.

Back then it was Brazilian beetles, now itís moissanite. Usingrepparttar 143833 newest ofrepparttar 143834 modern earring materials, moissanite earrings are takingrepparttar 143835 earring world by storm. Why? Simply because moissanite earrings look as good as diamond earrings but withoutrepparttar 143836 price tag.

Moissanite earrings feature moissanite stones, a modern alternative to diamonds which offer allrepparttar 143837 qualities of diamonds but at a fraction ofrepparttar 143838 cost.

Whether itís simple round cut moissanite stones set into white or yellow gold to produce stunning moissanite stud earrings, three stone moissanite earrings in gold or solitaire moissanite earrings with lever back settings, any would complementrepparttar 143839 ear ofrepparttar 143840 modern woman.

Moissanite earrings,repparttar 143841 modern Brazilian beetle!

Find out more about Moissanite Earrings and other types of Moissanite rings at Peter's website, The Magic of Moissanite. © 2005 Peter Crump.

Indifference and Decompensation in Pathological Narcissism

Written by Sam Vaknin

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The narcissist's guarded detachment is a sad reaction to his unfortunate formative years. Pathological narcissism is thought to berepparttar result of a prolonged period of severe abuse by primary caregivers, peers, or authority figures. In this sense, pathological narcissism is, therefore, a reaction to trauma. Narcissism is a form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that got ossified and fixated and mutated into a personality disorder.

All narcissists are traumatized and all of them suffer from a variety of post-traumatic symptoms: abandonment anxiety, reckless behaviors, anxiety and mood disorders, somatoform disorders, and so on. Butrepparttar 143762 presenting signs of narcissism rarely indicate post-trauma. This is because pathological narcissism is an efficient coping (defense) mechanism. The narcissist presents torepparttar 143763 world a facade of invincibility, equanimity, superiority, skilfulness, cool-headedness, invulnerability, and, in short: indifference.

This front is penetrated only in times of great crises that threatenrepparttar 143764 narcissist's ability to obtain narcissistic supply. The narcissist then "falls apart" in a process of disintegration known as decompensation. The dynamic forces which render him paralyzed and fake - his vulnerabilities, weaknesses, and fears - are starkly exposed as his defenses crumble and become dysfunctional. The narcissist's extreme dependence on his social milieu forrepparttar 143765 regulation of his sense of self-worth are painfully and pitifully evident as he is reduced to begging and cajoling.

At such times,repparttar 143766 narcissist acts out self-destructively and anti-socially. His mask of superior equanimity is pierced by displays of impotent rage, self-loathing, self-pity, and crass attempts at manipulation of his friends, family, and colleagues. His ostensible benevolence and caring evaporate. He feels caged and threatened and he reacts as any animal would do - by striking back at his perceived tormentors, at his hitherto "nearest" and "dearest".

Sam Vaknin ( ) is the author of Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited and After the Rain - How the West Lost the East. He served as a columnist for Central Europe Review, PopMatters, and eBookWeb , and Bellaonline, and as a United Press International (UPI) Senior Business Correspondent. He is the the editor of mental health and Central East Europe categories in The Open Directory and Suite101.

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