Narcissist* Traits – They Refuse To Listen

Proverbs 13:1

A wise son accepts his father’s discipline, But a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.”
A narcissist will refuse to listen when someone is telling them they are doing something wrong.  I can immediately think of three cases where the narcissist (someone with insolent pride) was on a course of action that was 1.  not helpful to them, and 2.  damaging to someone else.    In each case, many people were telling them the same thing – admonishing that they were off-course and needed to change direction.   In each case, the narcissist refused to listen, and refused to change course.  This could have come from a combination of their thinking:
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  1. “I want what I want, and no one is going to get in the way”
  2. “My vision/faith/etc. is superior, and others just don’t get it”
  3. “Everyone  talking to me is inferior/stupid/wrong/etc., so why should I listen to them?”

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The end result in each case was the narcissist pushing ahead, and running into a set of consequences – which among other things further isolated them.  Of course, even then they were not able to learn from what happened (see http://biblicalperspectivesonnarcissism.com/2013/10/18/narcissist-traits-they-never-learn/)

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  • “Narcissism” is the modern colloquial term for what the Bible calls “insolent pride” – see here