Narcissist Traits – Honoring Themselves Instead of Working

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Proverbs 12:9

Better is he who is lightly esteemed and has a servant
Than he who honors himself and lacks bread.

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The priority for a narcissist is self-exaltation.  If no one else is there to honor them, they won’t hesitate to honor themselves.  They will go around bragging about their “accomplishments” instead of actually going out and making them happen – talking instead of working.

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This ia an echo of another Proverb
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Proverbs 14:23

23 In all labor there is profit,
But mere talk leads only to poverty.

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And the result of talking instead of working is to get the opposite of the what the narcissist really wants – being “on top”

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Proverbs 12:24

24 The hand of the diligent will rule,
But the slack hand will be put to forced labor.

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