Catching-up on the board, I noticed a discussion about what the Bible says about Narcissism. While I am not a religious person, I am very spiritual. In response to this recent post, I thought I should point out that the Bible refers to Narcissism as Unrighteous Dominion - The Abuse of Power. Here's a copy and paste from my book on this very topic:
This temptation to exercise unrighteous dominion exists in any situation where one is in a position of power or influence. It can occur at school, work, church, your community and in homes and families. A man who practices unrighteous dominion in his home single-handedly destroys the self-esteem of his wife and children. He may not even realize he is abusing his power, but simply knows no other way to behave.
In an effort to avoid such unnecessary abuse, we need to build awareness to this growing problem and find ways to help others get in touch with their true selves. Decisions must be made with full consciousness and people must take personal responsibility for their actions.
According to the scriptures, a righteous man of power is one who presides:
â€¢ By persuasion. He uses no demeaning words or behavior, does not manipulate others, appeals to the best in everyone, and respects the dignity and agency of all humankindâ€”men, women, boys, and girls.
â€¢ By long-suffering. He waits when necessary and listens to the humblest or youngest person. He is tolerant of the ideas of others and avoids quick judgments and anger.
â€¢ By gentleness. He uses a smile more often than a frown. He is not gruff or loud or frightening; he does not discipline in anger.
â€¢ By meekness. He is not puffed up, does not dominate conversations, and is willing to conform his will to the will of God.
â€¢ By love unfeigned. He does not pretend. He is sincere, giving honest love without reservation even when others are unlovable.
â€¢ By kindness. He practices courtesy and thoughtfulness in little things as well as in the more obvious things.
â€¢ By pure knowledge. He avoids half-truths and seeks to be empathetic.
â€¢ Without hypocrisy. He practices the principles he teaches. He knows he is not always right and is willing to admit his mistakes and say â€œIâ€™m sorry.â€
â€¢ Without guile. He is not sly or crafty in his dealings with others, but is honest and authentic when describing his feelings.