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Therapy & Theology: Narcissism ... What it is and what it isn't

Therapy & Theology: Narcissism ... What it is and what it isn't

Update: 2019-11-0510


A note from Proverbs 31 Ministries: The content in this podcast covers the topic of “narcissism.” 

Narcissism is a personality disorder that requires a medical diagnosis. Proverbs 31 Ministries does not condone labeling another person with a personality disorder. Please see the links below if you need help finding a Christian counselor.


It’s a word that gets thrown around a lot, but what does it really mean? And, how does it affect your life? 

So … what do we do if we’re in a relationship with a narcissist? And how is narcissism different than a personal struggle with selfishness? And what does selfishness teach us about our own need for God, even if we don’t struggle with narcissism? 

In this episode of The Proverbs 31 Ministries Podcast, we'll unpack narcissism through a conversation between Lysa TerKeurst, her personal licensed counselor Jim Cress and Proverbs 31 Ministries director of theology, Joel Muddamalle. 

You will…

  • Understand the medically defined character traits of a narcissist as well as the difference between narcissism and selfishness.

  • Discover that the desire of a narcissist — to receive admiration and praise, and to control others — is a human need we all struggle with on some level, that only Jesus can truly fulfill.

  • Learn that compassion and healthy boundaries are necessary if you are in a marriage, family or working relationship with a narcissist.

Related Resources:

  • Lysa TerKeurst’s latest Bible study, Trustworthy, releases November 12, 2019. In this 6-session study on 1 & 2 Kings, you can join Lysa in Israel via video as she honestly reveals the places of distrust in her own heart while exploring the deeply personal, applicable Scriptures that will teach us how to truly trust God. Grab your copy of the study through Proverbs 31 Ministries today!

  • If you need help processing tough trust issues, we recommend finding a Christian counselor you can trust. The American Association of Christian Counselors is a resource you can trust to find the right counselor for your specific circumstances.

Click here to download the transcript for this episode.

Comments (2)

Heather Albano

Growing up as supply for a parent narcissist is so damaging and confusing. I'm glad you covered the developmental stunting of the narcissist-- most of my issues with my father started once I developed past his stunted age emotionally, mentally and spiritually. The relationship roles swap and a child of a narcissist quickly becomes the parent. The relationship is never what God intended it to be

Nov 5th

Heather Albano

So so grateful that you are covering narcissism!! Narcissism is often misused for vanity or selfishness, but it is so much more than that! My father has NPD and Borderline PD, diagnosed by our family therapist. Everything you said is spot on!

Nov 5th








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Therapy & Theology: Narcissism ... What it is and what it isn't

Therapy & Theology: Narcissism ... What it is and what it isn't

The Proverbs 31 Ministries Podcast