2 Timothy 3: 1-5 “But understand this, that in the last days dangerous times [of great stress and trouble] will come [difficult days that will be hard to bear]. 2 For people will be lovers of self [narcissistic, self-focused], lovers of money [impelled by greed], boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane, 3 [and they will be] unloving [devoid of natural human affection, calloused and inhumane], irreconcilable, malicious gossips, devoid of self-control [intemperate, immoral], brutal, haters of good, 4 traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of [sensual] pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 holding to a form of [outward] godliness (religion), although they have denied its power [for their conduct nullifies their claim of faith]. Avoid such people and keep far away from them.” (AMP)
Many people today seem to have skewed views of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. They don’t believe such a thing exists, because no one can be that bad or evil. Possibly they prefer to deny it so they aren’t forced to deal with such an ugly, evil aspect of humanity. Some believe it’s just a “pop psychology” term people use to blame others for their problems. Others think NPD is a serious mental disorder & those with it can’t control their abusive actions so they shouldn’t be held accountable. Or, they think narcissism is a rare thing. (Studies say NPD affects anywhere from 1-9% of people, but since narcissists rarely seek therapy & NPD isn’t well taught to counselors, I firmly believe the numbers to be much higher.)
When people share such uninformed views, it perpetuates the lack of knowledge & understanding about NPD. Narcissism & narcissistic abuse are serious problems in the world, & people need to understand that fact!
If someone shares a view downplaying narcissism, I would encourage you to show them what the Bible has to say about it. Show them 2 Timothy 3:1-5 above. You also can share the Scriptures below with them. Narcissism is clearly mentioned in the Bible. If that doesn’t stress that it is something important, nothing will!
- Psalms 36:1-3 “(To the chief Musician, [A Psalm] of David the servant of the LORD.) The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, [that there is] no fear of God before his eyes. 2 For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful. 3 The words of his mouth [are] iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, [and] to do good.” (KJV)
- Proverbs 16:18 “Pride [goeth] before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” (KJV)
- 1 Peter 5:5 ” Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all [of you] be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.” (KJV)
- Titus 1:16 “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny [him], being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.” (KJV)