It’s Narcissist Friday!
Many years ago, a family came to our church with a young boy who would open the door of the church and yell, “I’m here!” Every week it was the same. I began an experiment. Each time he would say that, I would ask him his name as though I didn’t know it. And every time, he seemed shocked and offended that I didn’t know his name. He would shout his name at me. Eventually I stopped because I could see that it was truly an issue with him. His need to be known and welcomed was so great that he had to announce his presence and make sure everyone saw him.
The family moved away before I could watch the boy grow, but I have always wondered. The parents seemed kind and appreciative. They gave him attention and discipline. Some of it was the…
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