If you’re like me, you will probably get some kicks out of this post. Albeit many people have written really good, professional and super serious articles on this subject, you can always count on me being silly once in a while.
If you’re a believer, let me lovingly welcome you, and before you leave all offended by the title for this post, let me clarify that I’m writing about this topic because of a friend who got terribly upset when I mentioned god’s NPD. Needless to say, she’s a Christian. So I promised her that I would write an article to substantiate my point. This is it.
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Sorry about that, but it was necessary. You wouldn’t believe what people are willing to consider as real. Oh, wait!
OK, let’s do this. Please bear with me as I elaborate on the reasons for such a statement.
So, all we need is to check only five items in the diagnostic criteria and we’ve got a mental patient, right?
Narcissistic personality disorder is characterized by dramatic, emotional behavior, in the same category as antisocial and borderline personality disorders.
Narcissistic personality disorder symptoms may include:
- Believing that you’re better than others ✓ “I am Yahweh, your God.”
- Fantasizing about power, success and attractiveness ✓ “I created you and the whole world, in
sevensix days, and everything was good.“
- Exaggerating your achievements or talents ✓ Exaggerating to the point of lying: “I exist. I am perfect and omnipotent. I live in heaven.”
- Expecting constant praise and admiration ✓✓✓✓✓ “Worship me and only me, or you will feel my wrath.“
- Believing that you’re special and acting accordingly. ✓ “I am God almighty. I am the one and only God.“
- Failing to recognize other people’s emotions and feelings. ✓✓✓✓✓ “Don’t ever question me or my authority.“
- Expecting others to go along with your ideas and plans ✓ “I love you, and you have to love me so that we can live happily together for all eternity.“
- Taking advantage of others. ✓✓✓✓✓✓✓✓✓✓✓ You have to kill in my name. Wage war in my name. Cut off family members in my name. Punish and kill children in my name. Discriminate against homosexuals, non-believers and women in in my name. Spread my word and convert others so I have more power. Do all this in the name of God. Because I say so.“
- Expressing disdain for those you feel are inferior. ✓✓✓ “You are all sinners.“
- Being jealous of others. ✓ “Worship me and only me. You shall have no other gods before me.“
- Believing that others are jealous of you. ✓
- Trouble keeping healthy relationships ✓ “I can remain silent for another two thousand years. I don’t have to prove that I exist. Don’t tempt me. Or else.“
- Setting unrealistic goals. ✓✓✓ Right, like Noah’s Ark, and… remember the rapture promise?
- Being easily hurt and rejected ✓✓✓✓✓ Of course! That’s why he turned right to genocide. He was butt-hurt by humanity!
- Having a fragile self-esteem ✓✓✓ “Worship me, or you will burn in hell for all eternity.”
- Appearing as tough-minded or unemotional. Well, if he ever *appeared* I’m sure I’d have to check this one too.
Narcissistic personality disorder crosses the border of healthy confidence and self-esteem into thinking so highly of yourself that you put yourself on a pedestal.
Doesn’t look good for god, does it. I think I’ve made my point.
I’m only half joking, If we were really serious about these mental illnesses, god would probably fall into several other borderline personality disorders. The least that you can tell by reading the bible, is that god was bipolar. Back then. When he allegedly did things. You know, he’s been really quiet for quite some time.
Wasn’t that fun?