This week, Dr. Lana and Mimi return to their regular format and discuss Spiritual Narcissism and Savior Complexes in New Age.
New Age spirituality can be an incredibly attractive place for anyone with a savior complex or need to fix others. While it’s incredibly easy for some to get caught up in the flattery of people believing you have magical powers, it can unfortunately lead to charlatanism, false teachings, or abuse. We discuss possible reasons why some people believe they can heal diseases and what are the red flags to look out for when joining spiritual communities or teachers. Finally, Dr. Lana puts to rest the popular new age myth that all abusive relationships involve a narcissist or someone with Narcissism Personality Disorder.
Here’s the episode rundown:
Resources and links
The No White Saviors Instagram page Mimi mentioned
Produced and edited by Mimi Bonhomme
Recorded on July 4, 2021
Edited and condensed for time and clarity.
References Mentioned by Dr. Lana Holmes
American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.books.9780890425596
American Psychological Association. (n.d.). Jehovah complex. In APA dictionary of psychology. Retrieved June 29, 2020, from https://dictionary.apa.org/jehovah-complex
American Psychological Association. (n.d.). Messiah complex. In APA dictionary of psychology. Retrieved June 29, 2020, from https://dictionary.apa.org/messiah-complex
Chandler, D.J. (2009). Pastoral burnout and the impact of personal spiritual renewal, rest-taking, and support system practices. Pastoral Psychology, 58(3), 273–287. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11089-008-0184-4
Cole, T. (2012, March 21). The white-savior industrial complex. The Atlantic, 21. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/06/burnout-medical-condition-pandemic/619321/
Dhawan, N., Kunik, M. E., Oldham, J., & Coverdale, J. (2010). Prevalence and treatment of narcissistic personality disorder in the community: a systematic review. Comprehensive psychiatry, 51(4), 333-339. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.comppsych.2009.09.003
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