What Youth Can Take Away From the Fall of Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong recently admitted in exclusive and extensive interview with Oprah Winfrey that he repeatedly used banned illegal dope

Personally choosing Winfrey for his “big reveal,” Armstrong answered numerous questions and revealed truths that many have longed to know.

For example, the once beloved cyclist told Winfrey that he had used banned illegal dope and other drugs throughout his career. In fact, doping had played a major role in all seven of his Tour de France triumphs.

Yet Armstrong noted, that at the time of his big wins, he never felt guilt or shame in using the illegal dope.

To many critics, during his interview, Armstrong lacked any remorse for his previous actions.

However, it seemed that he did feel terrible about the impact that his actions have had on his family. For instance, Armstrong held back tears as he talked about having to tell his son that the rumors about his cheating were true. He told his son: “Don’t defend me anymore.”

It is clear that the repercussion of Armstrong’s actions will greatly impact the rest of life. So what can society–especially youth and young adults–take away from Armstrong’s actions?

Dr. Fran Walfish, who is Beverly Hills psychotherapist and author of The Self-Aware Parent  told RIZZARR that youth and young adults can learn a lot about how lying, cheating, and greed will eventually lead to one’s destruction.

She believes that primary take away from Lance Armstrong’s actions of cheating and lying is to always tell the truth. By doing so, anyone will avoid trouble at all costs.

“If you lie, you will forever be hiding and running from the truth,” Walfish told RIZZAR.  “When you’re caught, it can end your career — whatever field you are in.”

Walfish said that truth will always come out eventually. For Lance, “his truth” was greatly revealed during the interview.

“What we see exposed is Lance’s self-proclaimed arrogance, defiance, and fierce ambition to “win” at any cost,” she said. “As an experienced psychologist, I see through Lance’s emotional thinking and it’s clear he has a Narcissistic Personality Disorder.  The main defining trait is that he lacks the computer chip in his internal character organization to imagine the impact of his own behavior on others. He felt entitled with no remorse about the unfair leg up he stole over his competition.”

Even during his confessions, Walfish noted Lance did not look like he felt guilt. In her opinion, he simply looked ashamed about getting caught: “A Narcissist will always shoot himself in the foot at the hands of his own greed. “

She concluded her thoughts by saying that she hopes youth and young adults will realize that the truth will always eventually be revealed. The way to rise to the top –and to stay there– is to live by honesty.

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