Occult groups are plagued by narcissists, particularly amongst the leadership, but a book confirms the existence of another type for us to suffer from.
In his book Rethinking Narcissism, Dr. Craig Malkin defines between three types of narcissists—the extrovert, the introvert, and the communal.
The extrovert is the most obvious, but the introvert or “covert” narcissist is harder to spot because while they appear self-effacing or vulnerable manner they still feels superior to everyone.
Malkin has discovered another class called the communal narcissist. This shares characteristics with the other two in that they continuously seek to validate their self-perceived grandiosity, esteem, entitlement, and power. The only difference is that these focuses on promoting him or herself through commitment to others, communal goals, and the supposed ability to listen and connect.
Malkin said that they regard themselves as especially nurturing, understanding, and empathic. They proudly announce how much they give to charity or how little they spend on themselves.
“They trap you in a corner at a party and whisper excitedly about how thoughtful they’ve been to their grieving next-door neighbor. That’s me—I’m a born listener! They believe themselves better than the rest of humanity, but cherish their status as givers, not takers.”
These are the types who make it clear that they are on a mission from God and committed to the group while making it clear that while your life and concerns are petty and shallow.
They showed their true colours by becoming hugely territorial and much more concerned with personal aggrandisement and appreciation than the communal goal you thought you were all working toward.
They still lack the ability to empathise, is still a game-player, and carry all the other traits generally associated with narcissism. He or she is involved in community only as a validation of self.
This is one of the reasons those who are “pillars of the community” and known for their devotion to charities and other causes can be highly destructive and unloving in their personal roles as friends, husbands, wives, fathers, and mothers.