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Disenchantment is the disappointment by someone/something previously respected or admired; disillusioned.
The "thorn" in our side, spiritually speaking, is the thing attached to us to keep us humble. It is an insecurity we are to spar with to build strength and stamina; the fight to be free and whole. What humbles us, keeps us from thinking more highly about ourselves than we ought. We get to observe the spot where it hurts, whether we admit it or not. It's areas that are not yet healed; it's the ultimate opportunity to give God His glory versus attempting to take credit for ourselves, whether we choose to believe that or not.
The "thorn" teaches us how to stand, even when it hurts, even if we have to go in with a limp. Our strengths are made perfect in weakness; it ushers us into our destiny, in right standing, not in a position of pride, which will eventually fall. We can go on to the next thing or stay put, in a state of arrested development, but don't drag others down with you, love them enough to let them go if you have to.
An antagonist is a person who actively opposes or is hostile, passive-aggressive, aggressive-aggressive towards someone or something; an adversary.
Oppositional and Conduct Disorders:
Opposition/Defiant Disorder, one of the oppositional disorders that encompasses a variety of defiant and negative behaviors. When the behavior is more extreme, sometimes dangerous, it involves aggression, which is said to be the result of conduct disorder. Conduct disorders are characterized by defiance, disobedience, and hostility. The bad-boy/bad-girl syndrome may be the result of behavior created by the condition rather than choosing to be bad. Conduct disorder goes unaddressed and is thought to be the precursor to antisocial personality disorder (sociopathy).
A co-existing condition, most common mental health disorders that most suffer include major depression, bipolar disorder, dysthymia (mild, long-term depression), and substance abuse. Dysthymia is a chronic depressed mood disturbance that fits certain clinical criteria for depression. It is characterized by depressed mood, lethargy, pessimism, isolation, and detachment. Other co-morbid conditions include anxiety disorders, personality disorders, antisocial behavior, and learning disabilities (dyslexia and auditory processing deficits), (Scattered Minds, Lenard Adler, M.D. with Mari Florence, 2006).
Antisocial: hostile, harmful to organized society, marked by behavior deviating sharply from the social norms; it is a personality disorder predisposed to criminality, where lack of remorse resides. It is difficult to diagnose and often times confused with drug abuse.