There are reasons for doing what we do, even if we are ignorant of them.
One can be both exceptionally smart and stupid at the same time; the Sheldon character of the Big Bang series comes to mind: Bright, but with not one lick of common sense! While situations involving him can be hilarious for the viewer to observe, there are people in life who have chosen coping strategies that complicate their lives as much as Sheldon’s being Sheldon complicates his, but which are not so funny.
For instance, there is man whose parents divorced when he was a very young boy. He lived with one parent until he inevitably got into trouble, at which point he was shipped off to the other parent, who when the boy got into trouble, shipped him back to the other parent again. His whole childhood he ping-ponged back and forth. The clear message that his heart understood was that he was not wanted, and that he was not…
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