Narcissism and the Mana Personality
Contemporary psychology has brought the concept of the “narcissistic personality” to everyday discourse. The standard description includes arrogance, lack of empathy, exaggerated feelings of self-importance, an excessive need for admiration, and an obsessive need for power and perceived success. These characteristics are commonly found in celebrities, politicians, and other public figures. C. G. Jung, the founder of Analytical Psychology, provided a deep, archetypally-focused description of narcissiam when he coined the term “Mana-personality”, borrowing the Polynesian term “Mana”, which refers to supernatural power and prestige. This personality Jung described as one that has become unconsciously inflated with the archetypal energy of the magician, the chief, the shaman, the saint or the sage. We will explore examples of the Mana-personality in modern society, and share perspectives on what it may portend.