Satan is the original and most clear example of a Narcissist / One with insolent pride. (See here for an explanation on why Satan was the original narcissist). By understanding Satan’s insolent pride and his narcissistic traits, we can get another glimpse into the characteristics of narcissists. Here is a partial list of Satan’s narcissistic traits:
His primary goal is to be exalted and worshipped
12 “How you have fallen from heaven,
O star of the morning, son of the dawn!
You have been cut down to the earth,
You who have weakened the nations!
13 “But you said in your heart,
‘I will ascend to heaven;
I will raise my throne above the stars of God,
And I will sit on the mount of assembly
In the recesses of the north.
14 ‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.’
6 And the devil said to Him, “I will give You all this domain and its glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. 7 Therefore if You worship before me, it shall all be Yours.”8 Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.’”
I Timothy 3:6
6 and not a new convert, so that he will not become conceited and fall into the condemnation incurred by the devil.
He is a liar – he lies all the time
44 You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
He is lawless (rebellious)
1 John 3:4-8
4 Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness…….. 8 the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.
He is a schemer
2 Corinthians 2:11
11 so that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes.
He sometimes acts with a false appearance of righteousness
2 Corinthians 11:14
14 No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
He tries to portray a (false) image of power
2 Thessalonians 2:9
9 that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders,
[The antichrist and false prophet will come with a show of power as satan’s agent, “empowered by satan”. They will try to deceive the world with counterfeit acts. But its a false image of power. God will show the real power when His top angel grabs satan, binds him with a chain, and tosses him into the bottomless pit]
He is a destroyer, and will take as many people as he can down with him
9 And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.
12 For this reason, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them. Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time.”
He seeks out “targets”
1 Peter 5:8
8 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
He flees when resisted
7 Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
He tries to ensnare his targets
1 Timothy 3:7
7 And he must have a good reputation with those outside the church, so that he will not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
He looks for opportune times to make his moves….
13 When the devil had finished every temptation, he left Him until an opportune time.
Satan is the original narcissist who demonstrates the narcissistic traits of 1. having a primary goal to be exalted and worshipped, 2, being a liar who lies all the time, 3. being lawless and rebellious, 4. being a schemer, 5. sometimes acting under the guise of “righteousness”, 6. trying to portray a false image of power, 7. being a destroyer who takes as many people down with him as possible in his defeat, 8. seeking out his targets, 9. waiting for an opportune time to go after his targets, 10. trying to trap his targets with snares, and 11. fleeing when resisted.