When we uncovering our competing commitments we ease the pain that comes from punishing ourselves with angry self-talk, a practice that often fuels the suffering from which we seek to free ourselves through our efforts to change.
I was only 17 when I first heard it, a senior in high school. I was a sheltered kid in the suburbs with an intact family with no troubled past, ready to head off to a renowned university. I knew nothing about the world or its injustices, but somehow, I identified with her anger.
Donald Trump has nothing in common with the overwhelmed, alienated, angry and forgotten. He may have the skill to speak to them as though he is sympatico, but he isn't. He has his every need -- and whim -- attended to immediately. He is the antithesis of alienated.