My Roasted Chicken Is Better

by Yvonne Chase on January 24, 2022

Once upon a time, there was a woman in my life whose behavior I did not understand. Her constant need for attention was alarming. For example, on one occasion, I invited her to my home for dinner with my friends. Once she saw the spread of food, she loudly proclaimed, “My roasted chicken is better.” We hadn’t even blessed the food or begun eating. On another occasion, I invited her to my job for lunch. A cafeteria on-site served a delicious variety of foods; therefore, I thought it would be a good place to catch up. She’d never been to my job or met any of my coworkers. The first thing she did was step forward when I introduced her to my closest coworkers to ask, “Who looks younger? Who looks better?”

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I don’t know who was more confused; me or my co-worker. She could not get enough of herself and took every opportunity to make everything about her. There was constant attention-seeking, competing, and comparing along with bragging and a haughty spirit. No matter where we were or who was around, she made it all about her. The two examples mentioned are on a long list of many that fall under the umbrella of unhealthy narcissism and narcissistic behavior.

A female narcissist according to True Narcissism will sabotage those they are envious of. They engage in a great deal of relationship aggression to undermine and extinguish those they perceive to be threats. This means you will find them underhandedly working behind the scenes to one-up you. They will also sabotage your relationships, spread rumors, and stage a smear campaign, to ensure they receive any attention or recognition that would have been paid to you.

“The term narcissism comes from the Ancient Greek myth of Narcissus, a young man who fell in love with his image. One day, Narcissus finds himself thirsty and makes his way to a clear pool for a drink. In the water, he sees his reflection, an image so striking that he reaches in to embrace it. But the image is lost when the water is disrupted, as it is with each future effort, leaving Narcissus desperate.

Immobilized before the pool, he pines for the image that will never return his love. He eventually succumbs to the neglect of his basic needs. Narcissus did not suffer from an overabundance of self-love but rather from its deficiency. The myth is a parable about paralysis. The curse of Narcissus is immobilization, not out of love for himself but out of dependency upon his image. Healthy self-love would have motivated him to befriend every wounded and weary part of himself. Self-contempt motivated him to search in vain for what he thought he needed to live, only to die from neglect of what he really needed.”

Chuck DeGroat
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A person with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is a pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following:

  • Has a grandiose sense of importance; boastful and pretentious.
  • Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love.
  • Believes that he or she is “special” and unique and expect others to recognize them as such.
  • Requires excessive admiration and a constant need for attention; fishes for compliments.
  • Has a sense of entitlement (i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations).
  • Is interpersonally exploitative (i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her ends).
  • Lacks empathy, emotional coldness and lack of reciprocal interest.
  • Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her.
  • Shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes.

Narcology Pride indicates people with NPD tend to exaggerate their skills and accomplishments as well as their level of relationship with people they consider to be important. You know what, I noticed a lot of this behavior while living in Los Angeles, CA. I have since learned that California is known as the narcissistic capital of the world. Now it all makes sense why it was the most difficult place I have ever lived. In the book When Narcissism Goes to Church, author Chuck DeGroat says:

“When we are loved well, we develop a healthy and wholly confidence. Where we see healthy narcissism, we will also notice a healthy shame, a recognition of our limitations, and a humble acknowledgment that we are not the center of the world. Translated for Christians, this is an acknowledgment of both our beauty and brokenness, a recognition of God’s delight in us alongside a recognition of our human weakness and fragility. Both are essential for a wholehearted life in Christ. Healthy narcissism both personally and organizationally manifests in confidence rather than certainty, empathy rather than ingratiation, clarity rather than confusion, humility rather than arrogance, curiosity rather than defensiveness.”

Something to think about…

What say you? Do you know any narcissists? How do you deal with them? What are your thoughts about narcissism? 

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Ashley Rowland | HISsparrowBlog January 24, 2022

I didn’t know narcissism was really thing until I met one—one of those people you wouldn’t believe existed without having met them. She is extremely difficult to be around at all. You asked the question “how do you deal with them” and my honest answer would be “You don’t. You avoid them at all costs.” But not everyone has that option, and I’m not sure that’s a good Christian response. I noticed you said you knew this person you wrote about “once upon a time”…. did you end the relationship?
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Yvonne Chase January 24, 2022

@Ashley,

I ended the relationship completely with no chance of her ever being in my life again because you are right; you don’t deal with narcissists. You avoid them at all costs. And yes, that is the biblical response. Jesus walked away from anyone that interfered with the call on his life. When to Walk Away by Gary Thomas saved my life. It’s the best book I have ever read that outlines the biblical response to toxicity.
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Donna January 25, 2022

Great post, Yvonne, very informative and to the point! Unfortunately my mother is narcissistic and while I have gone pretty much no contact with her, I have not been so successful with another family member. Despite my efforts they are agressive, intrusive and simply won’t respect boundaries. A psychologist friend mentioned NPD is most likely the most difficult personality disorder to deal with.

Yvonne Chase January 31, 2022

@Donna,

Thank you. I am sorry you have not been able to break free completely from your mother. That has to be difficult and yes I would agree with the psychologist about NPD and that is why once I notice it, I exit stage left. I will not entertain it.
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Paula Short January 26, 2022

What a great post. Insightful and informative. Thank you for sharing. Blessings.
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Joanne Viola January 27, 2022

Yvonne, this is such a great post. The information you have shared provides valuable insight so clearly, which I appreciated. Thank you for the book recommendations too. I always struggle with when to walk away.
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Yvonne Chase January 31, 2022

@Joanne,

Unfortunately, you are not the only Christian who struggles with walking away. Somehow we’ve been conditioned to believe that when we stay in abusive situations, we are a better Christian when nothing could be further from the truth.
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Lauren Renee Sparks January 27, 2022

I enjoyed learning more about this. Thank you.
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Lynn January 28, 2022

A wonderful explanation of NPD. I especially appreciated you sharing the Chuck DeGroat’s quote. I’m grateful I don’t have any one close to me currently that has NDP. Healthy boundaries for all our relationships is so important!

Yvonne Chase January 31, 2022

@Lynn,

Yes, to healthy boundaries!
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Lisa Blair January 28, 2022

Ouch! Definitely not for the faint of heart! This makes me think of the Biblical principal that when others go high, go low. When there is arrogance, choose humility. Where there is judgement, choose freedom. Where there is bragging, choose to affirm others.

So many times, we want to meet an insult with an insult, yet the Lord calls us love. Love covers a multitude of sin. And you spoke of this lady having a multitude of sins. She is probably blind to how her insecurities rob her of true friendship, value, and appreciation.

I personally feel sorry for people like that for they are crying out for love and value yet biting the very ones trying to love them and show them value. What a sad way to live!

Yvonne Chase January 31, 2022

@Lisa,

A sad way to live indeed. And yes, she is completely blind to her multitude of sins like all narcissists. In their minds, nothing is wrong with them.
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Calvonia Radford February 2, 2022

I have had a few experiences with narcissistc personalities. They drain me. Never pouing anything in, only seeking kudos, acknowledgement and full attention. I limit my interactions with them for my mental health state.

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