Narcissist* Traits – They Do Not Think They Are In Need of Help (Pharisee Case Study)

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John 9:39-41

39 And Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, so that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind.” 40 Those of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these things and said to Him, “We are not blind too, are we?”41 Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but since you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.

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The narcissistic Pharisees were in fact blind, even though they claimed that they could see.  They were blind to the true condition of their hearts, thinking themselves to be righteous teachers and spiritual leaders, when in fact their hearts were full of evil thoughts, desires, and motives.  Jesus later was very direct in pointing out to the Pharisees their blindness. Continue reading

Narcissistic Traits* – They Have Poor Judgment

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As mentioned here, narcissists tend to stumble a lot.  One reason (of several) they stumble is that they lack good judgment.   Jesus referred to the Pharisees’ lack of perspective and lack of good judgement by saying of them:

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Matthew 23:24

24 You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!   

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The Pharisees had little or no perspective on the relative importance of things (we see that the Pharisees were narcissists here and here).  Secular literature on narcissism also refers to narcissists’ lack of perspective on the relative importance of things – see here.

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Another reason that narcissists lack good judgement is that they are unwilling to receive counsel.  Proverbs is clear about the need for counsel……

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Proverbs 11:14 – Where there is no guidance the people fall, But in abundance of counselors there is victory

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but narcissists resist going for counsel as that process also opens them up to possible criticism.

A scoffer does not love one who reproves him, He will not go to the wise.

[Scoffers is one of the Biblical terms for narcissist (see here, herehere)]

The scoffer / narcissist’s unwillingness to listen to counsel is itself a lack of good judgment….. resulting in not having the good counsel needed for making wise decisions.

* narcissist is a common use colloquial term for what the Bible calls “insolent pride”.  See here.