Narcissism is being self-centered from failure to distinguish the self from external objects. Beware of “self is God” teachings. Narcissism is extreme selfishness with a grandiose view of own talents. A narcissist craves admiration and “appropriate” physical appearances are designed to “put on the right image”. Those people are in the workplace. They appear appropriate outwardly, define themselves according to the external environment, and insist that their expertise is “top of the line” They work in the health field, 9-1-1 services, social welfare agencies, ministers in churches, and are leaders in society. The spiritual fruit is not an external object, and therefore is not a part of who they are, unless they try to manipulate the spiritual qualities to “sell” themselves.
Narcissism won’t lift a finger to help you become more attractive to others, they routinely mow down your fruitful blossoms while planting seeds towards their own superiority. A steadfast and trustworthy spirit is not an external object. Narcissists will try to thwart your intellectual ability, corrupts conscientious intent, and does not allow predictability of their behavior. A peaceful spirit of stability is not an external object. They are not devoted to no one except self, are very insensitive towards others, and they lack genuine generosity. The spirit of compassion is not an external object. They reject the divine seed of God in others, but are more than ready to say “that’s me.” They will not humble their “superiority” in the presence of God. God is not an external object. Narcissist are abusive in the use of power, are as quick as lightening to strike down criticism, and moves like wildfire against the successes of others. Optimism towards the endeavors of others is not an external object.
Christ in us is not an external object and would not be welcomed in a soul full of self. This quote is perfect, “He (Christ) must increase, but I must decrease.” A soul preoccupied with self does not want to hear, “He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.” May we give our soul to the spirit of Christ as we decrease our ambitions defined by external objects. (John3:30-31 of the Bible is the source of the above quotes.)