Modern Believing

Narcissism and Christian Leadership

Modern Believing (2013), 54, (3), 240–248.

Abstract

This paper examines the issue of whether Christian clergy are prone to narcissistic character disorders. It reviews two articles published some years ago arguing in opposite ways for the incidence of narcissism within the profession. The first (Meloy) article suggesting this connection is countered by a second (Patrick) who argues, by the use of psychometric testing, against Meloy's claims. This paper brings forward further insights into the discussion. The first is material from Heinz Kohut, a psychoanalyst writing on the charismatic personality within the context of his understanding of narcissistic disorders. In addition the paper considers other more recent material within narcissistic studies which indicate grounds for the plausibility of Meloy's original thesis.

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Parsons, Stephen