Dear fabulous readers and fellow Narcissism Hackers,
I’m currently recharging in India in one of my favourite places on Earth after a period of intense activity. I’ve been publishing my work on interpersonal narcissism on this platform for two years now. I often wonder if I’ll ever run out of ideas to write about regarding interpersonal narcissism because one can only describe the same behaviour pattern in finite ways. I’m glad there are enough related topics that influence and are influenced by narcissism that will keep me going.
As always, I’m really open and hungry for your ideas on what you would like me to write about related to human behaviour, group dynamics, relationships with authority and mental mastery.
What do you want me to write about next?
While flying over the central desert of Australia en route to India, I started contemplating doubt and faith in authorities, and the change we’ve experienced over the past few years in the erosion of trust against institutional authorities, the clamouring of different social groups to create a new social order while other groups trying to remind us of our values, morals and duty to each other as humans.
A draft emerged by the time we were seeing Uluru in the distance (photo below - it’s not mine) that plays with doubt as another messenger of wisdom and its relationship with faith when life shits on our heads and change is imminent.
While I’m going through my editing process, I would love to know about your relationship with doubt and faith when life events shake you up.
What causes you to feel doubt about others or yourself?
How do you define faith and what makes you decide or choose what to put your faith in?
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Nathalie Martinek, PhD
The Narcissism Hacker
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Doubt about others - non verbal communication often speaks volumes. The persons behaviour and response to your presence can either be positive or negative, and MAY cause you to doubt yourself as to why the behaviour you perceive or witness is not easy to interpret in every scenario, eg someone looking at you and deciding to punch you is an obvious extreme example.
Faith is something that can be dogmatic and isolating …. But also open to change. Extreme groups have tainted it for many, and you may put your faith in yourself or your abilities but then physical aging or injury can remove it just as easily as losing faith in a higher power….
Faith is trancendence, the eternity beyond the material.
The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem by Nathaniel Branden and The Culture of Narcissism by Christopher Lasch, may be useful to you. Kindest regards.