Narcissistic groups could be an extension of individual narcissism, although this may not necessarily be the case. There are also groups within groups, which gives rise to in-group bias.
Narcissism is self love. One could call the Kali Yuga the “Age of Narcissism”: the Mahabharata speaks of this “age of strife”. Because of this attitude, people are easily divided and controlled by narcissistic groups that are more powerful. There is much to explore in this subject, beginning with our own self-esteem. Unfortunately, spiritual groups – as well as religions and everyone else – display characteristics of this disorder. There’s a lot of it about! 😀 😀 😀
There doesn’t seem much we can do about a narcissistic world other than be aware of being drawn into its ‘social web’.
Signs of Narcissism:
- Having an exaggerated sense of self-importance.
- Expecting to be recognized as superior, even without achievements that warrant it.
- Exaggerating your achievements and talents.
- Being preoccupied with fantasies about success, power, brilliance, beauty or the perfect mate.
- Believing that you are superior and unique, and can only be understood by or associate with equally special people.
- Requiring constant admiration.
- Having a sense of entitlement.
- Expecting special favours and unquestioning compliance with your expectations.
- Taking advantage of others to get what you want.
- Having an inability or unwillingness to recognise the needs and feelings of others.
- Being envious of others and believing others envy you.
- Behaving in an arrogant or haughty manner.
This is why the Buddha said,
Do no harm.
Tame the mind’.