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  1. Baron Brixius's Avatar
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    Shame nobody commented. I agree, obstacles help shape you, without them, there wouldn't be any goals in life. If there's nothing to overcome, no point in living.
  2. Stormbringer's Avatar
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    Thank you, all of you.

    I hope that you all have a successful and happy year!
  3. Setra's Avatar
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    I hope you and your sister have the very best year possible. Happy New Years!
  4. Nicoleta01's Avatar
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    Thanks! I hope your sister is doing well, and happy New Year too! ^_^
  5. Feralize's Avatar
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    Happy new year to you too! ^^
  6. Jaden's Avatar
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    Thanks, and you and your sister too! :]
  7. Haxie-kun's Avatar
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    My prayers and wishes will be with you.
  8. Nicoleta01's Avatar
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    I wish the best for your sister; I hope the doctors will be able to cure her illness so that she may continue to have many years ahead of her!
  9. winstein's Avatar
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    That's a sad thing to hear. I suppose you need all the prayer you can get, so I could pray for her if I can remember.

    Thanks for reading.
  10. Jaden's Avatar
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    Best wishes to your sister. I'll pray for her. :[
  11. RaccoonGoon's Avatar
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    I'll keep her in my thoughts. Stay sane inside insanity.
  12. Froakie's Avatar
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    She will be in my thoughts, I really hope she'll get through this, and everything turns out okay.
  13. Karamazov's Avatar
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    Oh dear. I'll be praying for your sister, and I hope your situation gets better.
  14. TheCapsFan's Avatar
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    D: *prays*

    I hope your sister is OK.
  15. Stormbringer's Avatar
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    @The Outrage :It seems like you put a lot of well put thought into that.

    Thank you, it is appreciated.
  16. The Outrage's Avatar
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    @Requiem~
    As if people don't put on personas as much in real life as they do online. Everyone adapts to context.

    I think the commonality is if you are the type to adapt your personality to a situation in real life, that you'd change it on the internet as well (and if you're normal, chances are you do adapt yourself). I don't believe the personality or identity is lost, from my observations, each "mask" as you put it is merely a different aspect of your personality.

    From my personal experience, I don't put any conscious effort to act differently, I just do depending on who I am around. I only noticed this when people who normally see me acting in one particular way (like my interactions with people I don't consider as close) and see me in another situation (around my friends), they're surprised.

    A non-personal example is my French teacher who said she was surprised that this quiet girl was in the drama club and wouldn't let her out of class to go to a meeting when called because she didn't believe it. She assumed her behaviour in class was representative of her behaviour everywhere else. And that's just it, I think, at least from a Western perspective, we seem to view behaviours as indicators of innate traits and discount situational influences (and there are a lot of studies to go with this; see: Correspondence Bias)

    In short, I don't believe these "masks" you observe are a change in personality, but the product of innate personality traits interacting with the social situation and that your conclusions have confounded behaviour with innate traits. Yes, we can only indirectly assess personality through our actions, but its an inaccurate assessment if you don't look at the social situation. Is a person acting like a douche on the internet but not real life really changing faces, or are there just less social constriction?
    Updated 27th December 2011 at 05:44 AM by The Outrage
  17. Stormbringer's Avatar
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    @Jabber Claus

    I'm sure they did and I may even cover that in a following blog about stealth.

    However if I were to cover all the contributors of deceptive warfare I would have quite a list and a very long and tedious blog.

    This blog was the introduction to a very long series of blogs. Thus I am not expecting to cover nearly everything I wanted to cover in this individual blog.

    I just introduced the concept of what the next few blogs would be dedicated to. And introduced the culture of ninjas that I would constantly be referring to since their tactics are genius in my eyes.
  18. The Booty Warrior's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jabber Claus
    And you don't think the Assassins had anything to offer in that field?
    They probably did. It's just that back then, communication wasn't easy, and they were probably working on the same techniques and didn't know it.

    That said, they probably had their own ideas, too. Like having an entire crew disguise themselves as the enemy as you conduct a meeting with your foe? That's boss, and they were among the first to use it, I believe.
  19. Jabberwocky's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Requiem~
    However, did you know that the techniques they perfected are still used in many government and military organizations today? That the sneaking forms and maneuvers coined by them revolutionized how stealthy and covert warfare was planned.
    And you don't think the Assassins had anything to offer in that field?
  20. The Booty Warrior's Avatar
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    Stealth, you say?

    I think we could be good friends over this.
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