Is the Ministry and Priesthood a Haven for Narcissists?

Posted: January 6, 2012 in Behaviour, Biology, Mental Health, Psychology, Society
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In this video clip, self-proclaimed narcissist Sam Vaknin explores how narcissists use and abuse God.  Vaknin is the author and publisher of Malignant Self Love: Narcissism Revisited (2001), editor-in-chief of the website Global Politician, and founder and contributor of a website about narcissistic personality disorder (NPD).  

Vaknin’s insight into how the narcissist perceives his relationships with God, first idealizing and then denigrating him, and how this dynamic plays out at congregational and institutional level is fascinating. It begs the question: is the ministry or priesthood the ideal place for a narcissist to fulfill their self-serving needs?  Or is Vaknin deluded?  You can decide for yourself by listening to what he has to say below:

 

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