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Religious Narcissism
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The Bishop of Rochester, Michael Nazir-Ali, a senior bishop of the Church of England, said today that some followers of Islam had a "dual psychology" in which they sought "victimhood and domination".

Mr Nazir-Ali argued it would never be possible to satisfy the demands made by Muslims because "their complaint often boils down to the position that it is always right to intervene when Muslims are victims... and always wrong when Muslims are the oppressors or terrorists".

He added: "Given the world view that has given rise to such grievances, there can never be sufficient appeasement and new demands will continue to be made."

This description of Muslims corresponds quite closely to one made of narcissists--the narcissist has no true sense of Self and is the Victim personified, because he is not given his due, shock and awe, that he is owed.

In order to procure his rightful reverence and admiration, he seeks to dominate or eliminate all other people, by reducing them to objects to serve him--or removing them completely from his sphere of control.

A narcissistic person--or an organization--wounded in the heart seldom, if ever, recovers a sense of Self and an ability to empathize and love, living in a world of give and take.

It's very sad and we could leave it at that, if it weren't for the awful repercussions on the international stage and the intimate destruction on the personal level.

For individuals, there are always the options of moving out, leaving home, divorce, or staying in the relationship and learning to set boundaries and maintain (constantly) one's own sense of Self.

I don't know what could be done on the international level. Any ideas?

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