What’s the difference between complete and finished?


A vocabulary lesson:
The Difference between “complete” and “finished”

No dictionary has ever been able to satisfactorily define the difference between “complete” and “finished.” However, during a recent linguistic conference, held in London, England, and attended by some of the best linguists in the bigstock-Middle-aged-couple-outdoors-10657865world, Samsundar Balgobin, a Guyanese linguist, was the presenter when he was asked to make that very distinction.

The question put to him by a colleague in the erudite audience was this: “Some say there is no difference between ‘complete’ and ‘finished.’ Please explain the difference in a way that is easy to understand.”

Mr. Balgobin’s response: “When you marry the right woman, you are ‘complete.’ If you marry the wrong woman, you are ‘finished.’ And, if the right one catches you with the wrong one, you are “Completely finished.” His answer received a five-minute standing ovation.

If you are not complete (Ha!) come to me at Self-Knowledge College to find out who the rest of you is like.

If you are not finished with your self, come too!


Contact Info:


(905) 584-0617


Oscar De la Renta. Photo: James Nord



“I am always in love but love starts with yourself.”

-Oscar De La Renta

This is Part 21 in a series of article about the “self.”

You can’t love anybody else unless you love yourself first.

Young people (much like older people!) put great importance on love.

And why not? It is a crucial part of life.

But love is a complicated subject and most people get it wrong at first–some never get it right!

We get love confused with its imposters (a subject for another day) but the key to understanding love at all is to know what you will read here today.

Oscar De La Renta, the famous clothing designer, was interviewed in the Toronto Star by Jeanne Beker. The photo above is from his 2012 collection introduced in New York in November.

He was announcing a new perfume called “Live In Love” and said he had been astonished to learn that the name of the perfume he needed a name for had not been registered.

“It’s the way we all so strongly aspire to live life, to love in love–loving what surrounds you, loving your life, loving what you’ve made of your life, loving the moment…”

Becker said that we hear about so many people looking for love because we think finding the right person to love means we will be complete. Hmmm.

De La Renta replied,

Oscar De la Renta. Photo: James Nord

“I am always in love but first of all love starts with yourself. You cannot love someone unless you love yourself. Because love is about how you live your life. You cannot be madly in love with someone if you are unhappy with yourself.”



He related it to happiness and said,

“Happiness has nothing to do with wealth. It has to do with your spirit.  And you have to discover that spirit to discover happiness.”

He’s right, of course.

  • You certainly can’t be happy unless you love yourself.
  • You cannot love anyone else if you don’t love yourself.
  • You can’t give away what you don’t have.
    If you don’t love yourself you can’t give that love to someone else.

People think they can love someone else if they don’t love themselves.

In fact, they convince themselves that they are indeed loving persons because they “love” someone  (although not themselves).

They think that although they themselves are unlovable (in their own minds and hearts) other people ARE loveable and they can love them. (That’d be good, they think.) They feel they can connect in that way.

They can love others even if they can’t love themselves.

Not true.

What they have, or do, is not love, it is a bastardized connection based on inequality or yearning. It can’t be reciprocated unless the relationship is dysfunctional. Unfortunately, it is common.

Pity can come back to the person who lacks self-love. So can concern and a kind of mild affection but not real love, unless it is a love based on sympathy, and that’s not what is desired, is it?

And sometimes, what comes back to these people is discomfort, even disdain, because what they project is recognized by the intended love object, as false, or inadequate love or, simply, not real love but something else.

Sometimes, resentment can build in the loved one because the loved one does not feel real love but need  coming from the “unlovable” one. That need on the part of  the loveless, turns into a silent (or not so silent!) demand for a return of the love they are trying to complete with the loved one.

It is not pretty.

It gets worse.

One who does not love himself/herself cannot give real love but cannot receive love either.


Because the “unlovable” one does not believe anyone else could love him or her (they know the “truth”–that they are unlovable. They “know” this! You can’t convince them they are worth loving.)

And, “knowing ” this to be true,  then they suspect that any affection that comes to them is fraught with baggage. They think the people who say they love them are lying, mistaken, manipulative or stupid.

Otherwise they, too, would recognize that  the would-be lover is unlovable and reject them.

Complicated, yes.

But also simple.

You cannot love someone else if you do not love yourself.
And you cannot accept love from another if you do not love yourself.

To go even deeper, you cannot love what you do not know.
Therefore, you cannot love yourself unless you know yourself.

Everything is centered in Self-Knowledge.

There’s more to this than I’ve written here.

When you began to know yourself, you’ll discover how great you are! And then– and then– you will start to love yourself, if you don’t already.

If you already do love yourself, terrific, then you’ll  learn more about you, always a good thing.

Keep you out of trouble.

If  you are a member here, good!

If you are not and would like to be, register here for a lot of free information about YOU!



Previous Posts:

Up next: The Self, Part 22: Writing helps

How to be a better parent than you had


shutterstock_195655586 How to be a better parent than you had.

People often blame their parents for screwing up their lives.

Hey, it happens.

(A lot!)

Some people take the negligent way their parents raised them to make things better for their children.

That is dificult but it can be done.

Here’s an article by Holly Brown on PsychCentral who writes on how to become the parent you wish you had.


“When your past has been painful, you might spend a lot of energy trying not to think about it. This type of repression can be very draining, and it diminishes the resources you need to be a parent yourself.

“Recognizing what you’ve been through and how it’s impacted you is a crucial first step to improving yourself, and your parenting. You might want to enlist a therapist to do this, if you find it too frightening to go it alone.”


“Sometimes when we want so much to be good at something, we overcorrect. If your parent was very tough on you, you might be too lenient with your own children.

“If you were neglected, you might make your life fully revolve around your children, to their detriment and to yours (they can become self-involved, while you’re neglecting your other relationships and your self-care.)”

If you feel your parenting can use some upgrading, you have to look at yourself first.  You  have to know yourself.

You must discover what aspects of your parents job raising you (that you don’t like) came from your upbringing.

I can help you with that.

Email me at frankdaley@rogers.com

Or call for a free strategy session.  905-584-0617

Here’s more of  Holly Brown’s article


Fidgety kids–The “real” reason.


The “real” reason for fidgetation (!)Fidgety kid


I’ve published two posts on fidgety kids recently. (You can find links to them below.)

Here’s another opinion by pediatric occupational therapist Angela Hanscom writing in The Huffington Post.


She (or her editor) charcterized this–lack of movement in everday life–as the ‘real” reason kids fidget so much.

I think  its an accurate observation but the other reasons from the earlier posts are legit too.

Here’s a link to her article–which originally appeared on Balanced and barefoot.com

Fidgety kids part 3!

And here are the other two posts

Fidgety Boys, school and achievement (published may 27)










Fidgety boys and how they learn. (published May 29)

Fidgety kid










Do you have kids like this?

What’s your take?

Comment below!


Fidgety boys and how they learn. Letters and comments

Fidgety kid

Fidgety boys: how they learn.

Here are some examples of Letters to the Editor of the NYTimes on David Leonhardt’s piece,  A Link between fidgety boys and a sputtering economy

First, Mr Leonhardt’s piece: Fidgety kid

 “A Link Between Fidgety Boys and a Sputtering Economy,” by David Leonhardt (The Upshot, April 29):

Then some commentary–

The Different Way That Boys Learn

The achievement gap between boys and girls is not quite the mystery your article describes.

“Educational reforms” pushed by wealthy donors like the Gates Foundation, testing corporations and both Democrats and Republicans have cut recess, gym and the arts to focus on testing.

While both boys and girls need time to run around, girls are more socially conditioned to sit still and obey the rules while boys more frequently act out. The focus on longer hours and more testing has not bridged race and class gaps as proponents promised, and it is no surprise that gender gaps are also apparent.

The testing model fails to consider broader socioeconomic realities, underpaid and under-rewarded teachers, and children’s overall needs for effective learning.

Rather than force “fidgety boys” to sit still for longer hours (or diagnose attention deficit disorder and drug them to comply), let them play! Address children’s need to move from one activity to another and blow off energy in the playground while offering multiple approaches to learning. This approach has put Finland at the top of educational performers among developed countries.

More recess, more arts and sports, the elimination of standardized testing, the valuing of teachers — it’s not a mystery!

New York, April 29, 2014

To the Editor:

Your article doesn’t mention an important ingredient of the problem. The rise in boys’ troubles coincides exactly with the push by schools to ramp up literacy demands in the earliest grades — a time when boys are least able to cope with reading and writing.

Thus, boys fall behind and conclude that school is for girls.

Arlington, Va., April 29, 2014

The writer is the author of “Why Boys Fail.”

To the Editor:

As a longtime educator and student of learning differences, I believe that one means of bringing boys into school success and the “knowledge economy” is a serious effort to redirect their inappropriate media use. Multiple studies document the academically and personally damaging effects of too much recreational “screen time,” particularly for youths on the lower socioeconomic rungs.

Boys are particularly vulnerable to getting “hooked” on first-person shooter games. These can affect the growing brain by resetting motivation circuits into an addictive loop that blocks sustained academic effort. Nighttime games also interfere with sleep, causing attention problems.

Whether or not violent games create violent behavior, a hyper-aroused, externally driven young nervous system is a poor candidate for self-control of either behavior or intellect.

In fact, one reason boys succeed in the “best performing schools” may be that their parents and teachers tend to restrict the amount of time students spend with video games while encouraging the active physical and social pursuits so necessary for healthy development.

Vail, Colo., April 30, 2014

The writer, an educational psychologist, is the author of “Your Child’s Growing Mind: Brain Development and Learning From Birth to Adolescence.”

To the Editor:

As headmaster for 26 years at the Browning School, an all-boys school founded in 1888 here in New York City, I believe that David Leonhardt may well take heart in the fact that some schools do acknowledge the profound differences between boys and girls.

At Browning, we are aware of the obvious distractions and learning styles and are dedicated to educating boys in such a way that they enjoy learning; in fact, they thrive.

As for the toughness Mr. Leonhardt believes is all too desirable a trait in the minds of boys who aspire to success, let me add that “grit” was one of our founder’s favorite words and became our motto (“Grytte”). Grit is distinct from overbearing “macho” masculinity.

Rather than emphasizing the need to be gruffly assertive, we have chosen instead to stress that failing is part of the learning process and that anything worth having is worth working hard for.

New York, April 29, 2014

The learning gap.

Leonhardt writes:

“… if we want to make inroads into the achievement gap…policymakers have an option: either create more schemes that support parents to in the linguistic development of their children, or offer pre-school classes for students as young as one—as they do in Sweden.

This may sound radical, but doing nothing is nonsensical. As Americans wring their hands over the growing gap between the haves and the have-nots, it seems foolish to neglect policies that would help children reach their full potential.”

This argument is underway in Canada with mixed results since education is a provincial responsibility in Canada.



Fidgety boys, school and achievement. How to get help.

4536819300_90f6827f68_m 4 students walkingFidgety boys, school and achievement

Aspbergers, ADHD, ADD, Tourettes, autism…the list is endless.

We are bombarded with information (but not much help) for boys (and girls) who suffer from these sociological, psychological,  mental, “conditions.”

They confound parents, experts, teachers and the children themselves.

But children grow up to bcome adults and if these conditons are not even recognized, never mind treated, these people live harrowing lives full of missteps and potential social  and personal  disater.

Their jobs (if they can get them),  relationships and personal sense of worth are  always at risk.

Both boys and girls have problems. This article, by David Leonardt in the New York Times, reports on how fidgety boys are at risk.

He begins with the obvious fact that social status, money, parents and environment influence academic and life outcomes, then he moves on to boys’ behavior. He focuses on “

Here’s the full article. He focuses on “fidgety” boys.

David Leonhardt in The New York Times says

“The behavior gap between rich and poor children, starting at very early ages, is now a well-known piece of social science. Entering kindergarten, high-income children not only know more words and can read better than poorer children but they also have longer attention spans, better-controlled tempers and more sensitivity to other children.

“All of which makes the comparisons between boys and girls in the same categories fairly striking: The gap in behavioral skills between young girls and boys is even bigger than the gap between rich and poor.

“By kindergarten, girls are substantially more attentive, better behaved, more sensitive, more persistent, more flexible and more independent than boys, according to a new paper from Third Way, a Washington research group. The gap grows over the course of elementary school and feeds into academic gaps between the sexes. By eighth grade, 48 percent of girls receive a mix of A’s and B’s or better. Only 31 percent of boys do….”

Read article here

If you have a child like the boys described here, a fidgety boy or worse, get help.

I can’t provided it for this age but if your child is older, in high school or college or has failed at these, has dropped out, is thinking about it or you see that s/he is  in danger of it,  please advise them that I may be able to help.

Send them to Dropout to Dean’s List. Have them look around.

Ask them to read the testimonials on the site and then call me at 905-584-0617 or email me at frankdaley@rogers.com

 No obligation. We’ll just talk.




Pixmac:  phbcz

Pixmac: phbcz




I wrote about women bullying women yesterday.

The subject is not new but whenever it comes up it seems to fade away soon after.

It’s politically incorrect say—never mind suggest—that women bully other women but women are people too and they have the same emotions, feelings, ambitions and fears as men.

We know girls bully girls in grade school, middle school and high school.

It happens at work more than you’d think.

There are lots of reasons for it.

Some of them are covered in this piece, “Backlash: Women bullying women at work”

by Mickey Meece in the New York Times on May 9,  2009 and she quotes studies done in 2007. And it goes back further than that!

(I did say the subject has been around for a while!)

That was the beginning of the financial turndown. It is still with us, of course.

I’ve edited the piece somewhat, for length, but Ms Meece’s main points remain.

Backlash: Women bullying women at work.

YELLING, scheming and sabotaging: tell-tale signs that a bully is at work.

As stress levels rise, workplace researchers say, bullies sharpen their elbows and ratchet up their attacks.

It’s probably no surprise that most of these bullies are men but 40 percent of bullies are women. They prefer their own kind, choosing other women as targets more than 70 percent of the time.

Just the mention of women treating other women badly on the job seemingly shakes the women’s movement to its core. It is what Peggy Klaus, an executive coach in Berkeley, Calif., has called “the pink elephant” in the room.

Women don’t like to talk about it.

“Women don’t like to talk about it because it is “so antithetical to the way that we are supposed to behave to other women,” Ms. Klaus said. “We are supposed to be the nurturers and the supporters.”

(Many) women…recount examples of how women — more than men — have mistreated them.

“I’ve been sabotaged so many times in the workplace by other women, I finally left the corporate world,” said Roxy Westphal, who runs Roxy Ventures Inc.


A private accountant in California said she recently joined a company and was immediately frozen out by two women working there. One even pushed her in the cafeteria during an argument,  “It’s as if we’re back in high school,” she said.

One reason women choose other women as targets “is probably some idea that they can find a less confrontative person or someone less likely to respond to aggression with aggression,” said Gary Namie, research director for the Workplace Bullying Institute.

But another dynamic may be at work. After five decades of striving for equality, women make up more than 50 percent of management, professional and related occupations, says Catalyst, a nonprofit research group. And yet, its 2008 census found, only 15.7 percent of Fortune 500 officers and 15.2 percent of directors were women.

 Women “overly aggressive?”

Leadership specialists wonder, are women being “overly aggressive” because there are too few opportunities for advancement? Or is it stereotyping and women are only perceived as being overly aggressive?

Research on gender stereotyping from Catalyst suggests that no matter how women choose to lead, they are perceived as “never just right.”

Charlotte Whitten’s comment

(Charlotte Whitten, a mayor of Ottawa twice in the 50s and 60s famously said: “Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.”)

“If women business leaders act consistent with gender stereotypes, they are considered too soft,” a 2007 study found. “If they go against gender stereotypes, they are considered too tough.”

“Women feel they have to be aggressive to be promoted,” said Laura Steck,

an executive leadership coach, “and they keep it up. Then, suddenly, they see the need to be collegial and collaborative instead of competitive.

(A group famous for bullying was once nicknamed the Bully Broads!)

Joel H. Neuman, a researcher at the State University of New York at New Paltz, says most aggressive behavior at work is influenced by a number of factors associated with the bullies, victims and the situations in which they work.

“This would include issues related to

  • frustration
  • personality traits
  • perceptions of unfair treatment
  • and an assortment of stresses and strains associated with today’s leaner and ‘meaner’ work settings,” he said.

Bullying involves verbal or psychological forms of aggressive (hostile) behavior.


Negative behaviors include:

  • being glared at in a hostile manner
  • given the silent treatment
  • being treated in a rude or disrespectful manner, among other things.

Some reports indicate that 37 percent of workers have been bullied.

Pixmac 54318949

Pixmac 54318949

Two Canadian researchers set out to examine the bullying that pits women against women. They found that some women may sabotage one another because they feel that helping their female co-workers could jeopardize their own careers.

One of the researchers, Grace Lau, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Waterloo, said the goal was to encourage women to help one another. She said: “How? One way we predicted would be to remind women that they are members of the same group.”

In the workplace, however, it is unlikely that women will constantly think of themselves as members of one group, she said. They will more likely see themselves as individuals, as they are judged by their performance.

“As a result, women may not feel a need to help one another,” she said. “They may even feel that in order to get ahead, they need to bully their co-workers by withholding information like promotion opportunities, and that women are easier to bully than men because women are supposedly less tough than men.”

“We’re competing with our sisters for dad’s attention, or for our brother’s attention,” another woman said.

“And then we go on in school and we’re competing for our teachers’ attention. We’re competing to be on the sports team or the cheer squad.” Women can combat this, several interviewees said by encouraging women to work for a common cause, much like the environment envisioned by the Canadian researchers.

“The time has come,” one person said, “for us to really deal with this relationship that women have to women, because it truly is preventing us from being as successful in the workplace as we want to be and should be.

“We’ve got enough obstacles; we don’t need to pile on any more.”

End of Ms Meece’s piece.



I agree with the comments above but I think there is something fundamentally underpinning this insidious behavior that never seems to even come up, let alone get addressed.

That is the question of the self.

People who have a healthy sense of self don’t bully others.

People who have a strong self-concept usually don’t either.

If you know who you are and are happy with yourself, bullying never enters your mind.

It isn’t a tool you need.

Competition, upbringing, the stress of the workplace, career–-building, societal norms—all of these and more influences enter into the make-up of a bully but self-possessed people still don’t bully; moreover, they don’t stand for bullying.

They fight back. Fast and effectively.

If you feel you are not adequately equipped to stand up for yourself in the face of any kind of bullying, perhaps you need to strengthen your Self.

To do that you have to get to know yourself.

You can start by signing up for my FREE 40–page Ebook called FOUR QUESTIONS TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE!

You’ll find the sign-up box at the top of this column on the right hand side.

It’s part of our work here at Self-Knowledge College.

If bullying is a problem, you must strengthen your sense of self.

If you’ve been hurt by bullying I urge you to join me.

Don’t cry any longer.

I’m on your side.



Minnie Driver. Dressed for AFTER work. Not exactly office attire.



Minnie Driver. Dressed for AFTER work. Not exactly office attire.

Actress Minne Driver is dressed terrifically well for a night on the town but some women go to the office dressed like this.

They are getting bullied.

It’s not so much the men that may cause you trouble. You know all about that! No, it’s other women bullying you!

Females who wear provocative clothing at work are geting hit on, but not necessarily by men, and not in the way they might have expected.

There have been many articles in the press about bullying recently and a lot of them have focused on girls bullying girls.

Apparently the harassment doesn’t stop as girls grow up.

Women act aggressively at work towards other females they perceive as physically attractive. It’s worse if the targets are young, fit and dress provocatively.

A study was done by Tracy Vaillancourt of the University of Ottawa, published in the journal Aggressive Behavior.

Morgan Campell writes about it The Toronto Star.


We are accustomed to seeing this kind of thing on reality-based TV shows such as The Bachelor
but in the professor’s study of behavior at work, seeing sexily dressed employees prompted hostility in 97% of the other women who saw them.


Campell interviewed Prof. Vaillancourt who researches and writes about mental health and violence prevention.

Women frequently have “toxic relationships with other (female) employees” says Vaillancourt “and we know dressing a cetain way will garner a negative reacton.’

Well, she’s trying really hard! Photo: Lovepanky

The study involved secretly recordng the reactions of women sitting in a waiting room for an interview about solving relationship conflicts.

An assistant entered the waiting room twice: once, she came in wearing pants and a blue top and the next time she came in wearing a mini-skirt.

The women waiting barely noticed her in pants but the mini-skirt caused all but two of them to criticize her and even speculate about her morals.


In Campell’s piece, Vaillancourt says this kind of hostilty has come about through evolution. When men are scarce, competition increases and females “drive-down” a woman’s “mate value” through gossip and insults.

I’m not sure if men are scarce these days but maybe top-of-the-line men are scarce.
That wouldn’t suprise me.

The professor says “We compete with each other all the time and we compete over really silly things.”

Statistics indicate that bullying is roughly 49/51 in offices (males to females) and females may bear the brunt of the behavior.

Campell says that Vaillancourt figures evolution will win out over attempts to reduce bullying in offices.

“In the ideal world, “says Vaillancourt, “you can wear whatever you want to work: but if you wear something sexy “in the real world, you’re going to get it.”

This speaks to some touchy subjects:

  • self-image
  • the image you want to project or create when in public
  • self-confidence
  • “first impressions” (among others).

Some will argue: “If you’ve got it, flaunt it” both on the basis of general worldliness and maybe getting ahead, or at least getting noticed, in a big office.

The evidence is that dresssing provocatively does not help women trying to climb the ladder.


  • Some people might not have enough experience to know where to draw the dress line at work.
  • Some might dress provocatively out of insecurity.
  • Some might do it to incite provocation.
    Some might see it as a way indicate self-confidence (however, it might just as likely indicate a lack of it).

It has to do with self-image and it could be considered healthy depending on the degree of “sexiness” demonstrated or at least how it is perceived by others– both men and women.

An “office” dress?

Appearance is important, especially at work and most serious businesses don’t like provocative dressing for a host of reasons.

But some busineses (retail sales, advertisng, etc.) have a more relaxed attitude towards dress, especially female dress.

It comes down to “When In Rome.. ” regarding business attire.

First impressions DO count and they are difficult to change in the minds of the perceivers.

A couple of years ago a sultry-looking woman lawyer, Debrahlee Lorenzana, was allegedy fired from Citibank because of her office dressing style.  It caused a big stink and led to lawsuits.

Debrahlee Lorenzana Photos by Sas

Some might argue that Ms Lorenzana”s figure (in the two photos here) is  a legitimate part of her and the dress she has on doesn’t  seem alarming. She’s certainly alarming to some women.

Then again, it has been suggested in the New York press that Ms Lorenzana has allegedly…ummm had some work done.

Does it matter? Some women might argue that that is unfair.


That is a different slant on the dressing at work subject.

Today’s slant is the bullying aspect and it’s complicated enough.

If you have an opinion on this topic, please comment below.

If you think that the way you feel about this topic challenges the way you regard yourself , or if you want to learn more about your “self” and how you present yourself to the world, sign up for my 40 page Ebook, FOUR QUESTIONS TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE!

It’s free and I’l send you more free information periodically.

The sign-up form is at  the top right hand corner of this page.

This is an example of what we discuss here on THE DALEY POST.
I’d love to have you join my email list and help us figure this stuff out.

I’m with you.