The best part, though, is that I didn't take any of it personally, I didn't start withdrawing, I didn't have a pity party, or any of that other "all about me" crap. It was really a great feeling.
Hopefully a followup with her reveals some kind of relief and comfort.
[This message edited by Jrazz at 2:11 AM, June 9th (Sunday)]
Upon further investigation/reflection, we have established that the Fog is now only apparently conditional and contained to certain situations, rather than being wide-spread and interfering in everything I try to do; it's pretty well-contained to my NPD tendencies now. I don't try to do as many "mental gymnastics" with regard to my behavior during my As, nor do I attempt to defend myself or the OPs.
I still need to work on NPD-related issues, but I'm getting there.
"That's the thing about pain, it demands to be felt."