Good golly, let’s get out the violins and start playing. Nicole is being all introspective and confessiony.
Nicole “clashes” with anyone in authority. I would never have known that. If there were ever a person who has embraced a two-year-old’s sense of autonomy (“I can do it myself”), it’s Nicole Naugler.
But notice how she words this. She “clashes” with “authoritarians, those who seek to be authority and those who believe we should submit to authority.”
What about “clashing” with just plain old people who for one reason or another are in authority?
Like the police. Or the county health department. Or the courts. They are not “seeking to be authority,” they fucking are authority.
And it makes not one teensy bit of difference that Nicole doesn’t think they should be in authority. This is a collective society, and we as a group have placed them in those positions. Sometimes we as a group decide we made a bit of a mistake and we revise all that, but individuals don’t get to do that on their own.
You learn this in kindergarten, by the way.
Nicole goes on to say she’s an introvert.
And she needs to share. Isn’t that nice? Why would an introvert want to share stuff like this with the entire world? I cannot imagine. I’m pretty extroverted (except when I’m introverted) and I wouldn’t. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that she doesn’t have any friends, by her own admission.
Oh, gee, she’s taken an online personality test. Meyers-Briggs, no less. The Number One Most Stupid Personality Test in existence in the entire world, in my admittedly not-particularly-influential opinion.
Just read that crap. Really. Read it. It goes on and on with the most ridiculous bullshit imaginable.
Everything is lovely. You’re “gentle, caring, complex and highly intuitive.” The thing is that nobody is “brutal, cold, simple, and rigid.” Nobody’s test shows that they are just an asshole, or a cruel jerk. Instead, they are “complex.”
I am a Pisces. I have not a single shred of belief in horoscopes or planets aligning in such a way that they affect a single thing about me or my life, but this is a description of the supposed personality traits of a Pisces.
It seems that I am “intuitive” too. And “generous, compassionate, extremely faithful and caring.” I’m never judgmental (go right ahead and laugh – it’s ludicrous), and always forgiving.
But see how similarly these things read?
The MBTI (the test we’re talking about here) was developed by two women (a mother and daughter) who were housewives. You read that right. They were housewives. They had no training at all that would indicate they had expertise in any of this.
They aren’t the first people to con their way into print in the field of psychology, of course. Another set are the two women who wrote The Courage to Heal, which is a godawful book about sexual abuse. Those two women teach creative writing, which is clearly a great way to write psychology books.
But when it comes to Myers-Briggs, maybe Nicole should take the test again. About half the time, when taken a second time, people get a different result.
I’m going to come back to the “changed” stuff later on in another post. For now, just notice that she claims that she’s “changed.”
Funny thing, though. She describes how “you feel” when a policeman pulls up behind you.
Only I don’t feel like that. Ever. I have never felt like that.
Of course, I have only ever been stopped by a police officer twice in my entire life. Once, I had a tail-light out and was unaware of it. The officer followed me home so I wouldn’t get hit by a car (it was after dark). He was great.
The other time was in the middle of the night. I had rolled through a blinking yellow light near my home. There was not another car in sight. The cop was bored and wanted somebody to talk to him, so he stopped me. I was polite and we chatted for a bit. He chewed me out slightly. Then he too followed me home (about 2 blocks) for no discernable reason.
I got no ticket in either case.
So, no, everyone does not feel all scared when a policeman pulls up behind them.
But see how Nicole describes this fear and attributes it to “abuse”? She was abused, poor baby. And this was all about when the police and CPS took her children away.
You know, they took her children after giving her ample warning (when you’ve been reported to CPS more than a dozen times, you’ve had plenty of warning that something is amiss someplace). There was every evidence that they were in the process of fleeing when Sheriff Pate got there. They were living in a shed that might have been suitable for their goats, but not for their children. We’ve all seen the pictures. It was appalling.
The only thing that would have been surprising would have been if CPS had not done anything.
There was no “abuse of power.”
I, too, have heard the recordings. Nobody abused anyone, unless you want to describe Nicole’s behavior when she began screaming at her children as abusive.
What did happen is that duly appointed/elected authority figures in our society told Joe and Nicole Naugler that they were violating the civil rights of their children and that they could not continue to do that.
And Nicole Naugler had a temper tantrum.
“My life.” “My choices.” “I need to be in control again.”
Me, me, me, me, me. I am Thoreau.
Back in May 2015, it was about the Naugler children, not about Nicole and Joe Naugler.
Whether Joe and Nicole understand this or not is not relevant. Those children are not their property. Those children have rights, and those rights were being violated. In my personal opinion, they still are.
But for Nicole, it’s all about her and everyone has to “embrace [her] journey” or else.
So far, her “journey” has led to a shit-strewn trash heap of a piece of property with no improvements of any kind, a small business (the one positive thing I can find in their lives), too many under-educated, neglected children for their meager income, a boatload of nasty attitude, a growing criminal record mostly on Joe’s account, and a bunch of social media accounts that make me laugh.
I think I’m not going to embrace all that.
This description reads way more like Nicole than the other one, I think.