I prefer to have blog entries “locked down” before publishing, but in this case I felt it best to go with my work in progress of analyzing the difficult question of how someone might become a narcissist. This is an extra special case of “Putting “Biblical Perspectives On Narcissism” Into Perspective“, where this post should be taken simply as a fellow searcher sharing some thoughts and analysis which you could possibly use as a starting point for your own study rather than looking to it for “the answer”. Some of the following adds a bit of Biblical perspective to what is already discussed in secular literature.
How does someone become a narcissist? In It’s Not NPD, It’s A Heart Issue, narcissism is discussed as a heart issue, but how does this happen? I am currently working through five possible reasons someone can become a narcissist. The following has to be considered in light of God’s ultimate Sovereignty as described in Proverbs 16:4, as well as the sin nature and pride inherent in every man. I want to emphasize again that this post is a work in progress, and should just be taken as food for thought.
The five causes we’re considering are:
- Internal response to childhood wounding
- Internal response to childhood indulgence
- The result of the “Progression of Fools”
- A consequence of the “sins of the fathers”
- Cultural-driven narcissism
These causes are likely interconnected in many cases. Let’s look at each of the five in a bit more detail.