Have A God Complex?
It has little to do with profession or line of work.
It has little to do with influence or following.
It comes in people of all shapes and sizes.
Our culture fuels it.
It doesn’t even favor looks or talents.
It’s called a “god complex”. Here’s how Wikipedia defines it:
“A god complex is a unshakable belief characterized by consistently inflated feelings of personal ability, privilege, or infallibility. A person with a god complex may refuse to admit the possibility of error or failure, even in the face of complex intractable problems or difficult or impossible tasks, or regard a personal opinion as unquestionably correct.”
People with a god complex have bought into their own hype. They’ve chosen to listen to the super-human accolades either hurled at them by people around them or created in their own minds. These are individuals who think they can live by their own set of rules. A god complex will interpret anyone being critical of its stature as envious, misinformed, and/or arrogant.
The Emperor Still Has No Clothes
The reality is that people see right through us when we put on a god complex. Yes, US! It’s amazing how little it takes for us to feel invincible or superior to fellow human beings. Whether it’s because of a title, socio-economic status, or age, delusional pride creeps in at a moment’s notice. I think much of this is rooted in our insecurity and inability to patiently travel down the road of personal development. It’s far easier to hype up something or someone than it is to build a strong foundation rooted in character and self-awareness.
Furthermore, our god complex often comes at the price of dehumanizing others. After all, who will we rule if we’re all gods? The truth is that our false sense of status or “rising above” into godhood is actually an anesthetic to a deeper pain. Ah yes, the struggle of humanity towards humanity.
For those who are pedestaled into godlike status by those around you, please don’t buy into your hype. There’s a good chance you got there because you didn’t have a god complex. While you can’t control what others think, you can stay focused on who you are and what you’re ultimately about. The nods of approval and submission will be here today and gone tomorrow. What will remain at the end of the day is what really matters. Strive for those things.
Oh yeah…one more thing…
Keep in mind that most of the world have no idea who you are nor care about what you do. (Not a bad thing. Just saying.) 🙂 #perspective