Narcissistic Personality disorder can be called God Complex. It is a rare mental disorder characterized by an inflated sense of Self importance, Entitlement, a deep need for admiration, and an alarming lack of empathy towards other people. It can get extreme to the point where someone with the disorder doesn't even see the people around them as a human. It is an obsessive preoccupation with status and power that gives it the moniker, god complex. The extreme confidence however is typically masked with the low self esteem where even the slightest criticism can lead to a complete breakdown. This makes the need for admiration stronger which then adds to individuals' inflated sense of self-worth. It's a bit of a disastrous cycle. With so many mental disorders, it is not entirely known what causes it, though its thought to be rooted in either excessive pampering or criticism for parents or a genetic predisposition. It typically affects more males than females. Beginning from the teen years or early adulthood.
A 2012 study of the journal personality and individual differences found that people who scored higher on a Narcissistic personality inventory tended to have more social friends, tag themselves in more pictures, and update their statuses more frequently. This all points to someone showing how great they are with no interest in anyone else, but that doesn't just play out online. A Narcissistic personality disorder can affect so many areas of someone's life, leading to unfulfilling relationships. A problematic professional career, financial troubles, and alcohol abuse, all of which ultimately isolate the one with the god complex even more.
To have a god Complex Essentially means someone is so fervently self-assured that they actually overestimate themselves, their abilities, their entitlement. Having a huge ego is the biggest indicator. They inflated their sense of self, and it translated to other characteristics especially feeling better than everyone else. They feel like the smartest person in the room and they know the best and their reality is the true reality their experience is the true experience.
These people tend to take arrogance to the extreme, to the point that they think they can do whatever they want with little to no regard for others. They often justify these things. The Idea of God Complex Is the “ I am the end-all-be-all” and they don't even consider how their actions can impact others.
Signs to look out For:
An inflated sense of self: The biggest sign of a god complex is an inflated sense of self and general feelings of grandiosity. "They think they're a lot more important than they really are."
Gaslighting: Because people with a god complex are self-absorbed, it can be difficult for them to recognize or accept another person's experience. This can lead to gaslighting, a form of manipulation that involves denying someone else's reality. Gaslighting is also common among narcissists.
Lack of empathy: A general lack of empathy is common for those with god complexes, Blaylock-Johnson says. "They have an inability to see the humanity in others."
Inconsiderate behavior: Because of their tendency for self-absorption and lack of empathy, people with god complexes often behave in inconsiderate ways. They don't think about how they're affecting others. In their own eyes, they can do no wrong.
Validation seeking: There's an excessive need for external admiration, praise, and recognition for those with god complexes. Adding that they cannot validate themselves. "Validation for a narcissist counts only if it comes from others
Callous or unemotional behavior: Sometimes people with god complexes can be inexplicably cold to others or simply unemotional.
Isolation: There can be many reasons someone isolates themselves, and it's not always indicative of a god complex. purposely isolating themselves because they think they're better than everybody else and don't need anyone else is different from social isolation due to depression or anxiety" and could be a sign of a god complex.
Unsuccessful long-term relationships: Does this person have close friendships that have lasted for years? If not, it might be worth looking at why. "If people have a difficult time maintaining long-term relationships, whether that's friendships or romantic relationships," Blaylock-Johnson says, "it could be a sign that the other parties have decided not to remain in contact with them, which is something to consider."
Disrespecting boundaries: A big reason people can end up walking away from those with god complexes, as aforementioned, is due to disrespecting boundaries. They may push people away "constantly crossing certain boundaries, narcissists similarly believe everything belongs to them, everyone thinks and feels the same as they do, and everyone wants the same things they do. "They are shocked and highly insulted to be told no," she says.
Lack of responsibility: When you have a god complex. You're not going to feel like anything you're doing is wrong—and you're certainly not going to feel like you have to change. In fact, far from it. "Lack of responsibility is a glaring sign of a narcissist. Although narcissists want to be in control, they never want to be responsible for the results."
NPD or other mental illness: Lastly, a narcissistic personality disorder diagnosis is a likely indicator that someone will exhibit signs of a god complex. This can also happen with other mental illnesses in which mania is involved, such as bipolar disorder. "For some people, if they are in a manic episode, it can be marked by grandiosity, that inflated sense of self, or doing a lot of risky behaviors,"