THINKING THURSDAY: The Messiah Complex and Boundaries: Zac Gandara

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Have you ever heard of the Messiah Complex? At what spectrum of it are you?

A messiah complex (also known as the Christ complex or savior complex) is a state of mind in which an individual holds a belief that they are destined to become a savior.[1] The term can also refer to a state of mind in which an individual believes that he or she is responsible for saving or assisting others…

Adolf Hitler is considered to have had an acute case of the messiah complex. This was evident in his preoccupation with himself as a political actor, his meticulous concern for his self-presentation, and his identification with himself as the savior of the German people.[4] Hitler believed that he was fated to lead Germany to a thousand-year-long period of European domination and that he was chosen or rid Europe of undesirable people.[5] This example shows how the messiah complex in such rare individuals can cause unimaginable destruction when combined with narcissistic and paranoid traits.[5]


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