If you can spare 12 minutes, I find this condemnation of pseudo-orthodox cults and narcissists interesting (with many parallels to the so-called “white nationalists”):

(I don't endorse the speaker in general though.)

The parallels could be because most Orthodox have been extremely disrupted by Islam, Communism, materialism, and because Orthodox are usually a minority, and many disturbed personalities are attracted to “white nationalism” because they think it’s “edgy”.
  • "The term prelest is a Russian word which has come into Englisg usage for lack of a precise equivalent, although it is often translated as "spiritual delusion ," "spiritual deception," or "illusion," accepting a delusion for reality in contrast to spiritual sobriety. Prelest carries a connotation of allurement."
  • "Prelest (from Russian: прелесть, from Russian: лесть - cajolery; (charm, seduction), Greek: πλάνη - plani), also known as: spiritual delusion, spiritual deception, delusion, illusion, – according to Holy Fathers of Eastern Orthodox Church, a false spiritual state, a spiritual illness, "a wounding of human nature by falsehood" (St. Ignatius Brianchaninov). The concept of prelest should not be confused with somatic mental illness of any kind; prelest is rather a spiritual illness, an illness of the soul in its personal relation to God, an illness that originates from vainglory, pride and demonic suggestion and that is to be cured by humility and Holy Sacraments."
  • "St. Ignatius (Brianchaninov) writes that "people infected with prelest of 'conceit' are very common. Anyone who does not have a contrite spirit, who recognizes any own merits and achievements, anyone not holding steadily the teaching of the Orthodox Church, but discussing about any dogma or tradition arbitrarily, at his discretion, or according to the heterodox teaching, is in this kind of prelest. The degree of deviation and persistence of deviation determines the degree of prelest”. St. Ignatius adds: "As there is no, as noted by the St. Macarius the Great, person completely free from pride: there is no person who would be completely free from the action on him of a subtle delusion called 'conceit’". There is an example when "conceit" may also result in a mental disease. Hieromartyr Bishop Arseny (Zhadanovsky) in his "Spiritual Diary" writes about one woman who was in this kind of delusion. She wanted to take the Holy Communion every day. When she was forbidden to do so, she started to serve a kind of "liturgy" herself at her home using prosphora and wine. "Her case, however, ended sadly. She lost her mind and she is currently in the mental hospital.”"

  • Narcissists talk about you behind your back.
  • Narcissists are profoundly selfish people.
  • Narcissists have a sense of entitlement and think they are better than everyone else.
  • Narcissists think everyone owes them something.
  • The narcissist ego cannot handle being questioned.
  • Narcissists have trouble accepting criticism or extending empathy because they are too preoccupied with themselves.
  • Narcissists suffer from delusions of grandiosity.
  • "Narcissists are fine as long as you praise them or treat them nicely. But as soon as you insult them or criticize them in any way, they become very defensive and very aggressive. A sense of entitlement can be dangerous when you think you're better than other people."

I think narcissists and sociopaths are not the same.

For example, if these are true statements:

"Narcissists have a sense of entitlement and think they are better than everyone else.”

I don’t think sociopaths believe they are better than others - they may even think they are worse - but they don’t care.

I don’t know if they have a sense of entitlement, exactly, they just want what they want and take it — I don’t think that means they they think they have a “right” to it.

"Narcissists think everyone owes them something.”

Same as above.

"The narcissist ego cannot handle being questioned.”

Sociopaths don’t seem to always mind being questioned or challenged. So seem to thrive on it.

"Narcissists have trouble accepting criticism or extending empathy because they are too preoccupied with themselves.”

Same as above, except I’d say a sociopath by definition has no empathy to extend or refuse.

"Narcissists suffer from delusions of grandiosity.”

I can see sociopaths who despise themselves, but enjoy despising themselves, and so on.

"Narcissists are fine as long as you praise them or treat them nicely”

Sociopaths seem to most abuse the people who praise them and treat them nicely.

Anyway, it’s hard to talk about such things these days without descending into Jew-Voodoo “psychology” and pop-culture propaganda.

BTW, psycho-logos, psychology, is Christian, Hellenic, and concerns the soul.

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