A study done by researchers at the University of Michigan and the University of Virginia has shown that men who are obsessed with their self-importance and have an inflated view of themselves (otherwise known as narcissism) only end up hurting themselves in the end. Their narcissism has been shown to render negative effects on their physical health and psychologically weakens their relationships.
The study showed that narcissism leads to higher levels of cortisol in men. Cortisol is the hormone used to measure levels of stress. The higher the cortisol, the higher the stress. Narcissistic men showed a continually high level of cortisol even in non-stressful situations. Essentially, narcissistic males are stressing themselves out, which hurts them physically (elevated blood pressure & heart conditions) and in their efforts to keep up appearances of looking important, they act out in ways that place a psychological damper on their interactions with others.
Researchers also found that narcissism is continuing to rise in our society. But that shouldn’t be a surprise when one considers the amount of TV ads, music, music videos, reality shows, and YouTube videos permeating our society with the underlying message that a person (especially if they are male) is nothing unless they brag about themselves or make themselves the center of attention.
However, the researchers only discovered what the Bible has been saying for centuries– Pride goeth before destruction and an haughty spirit before a fall [Proverbs 16:18]. The pride of men in their narcissism is not only their spiritual downfall, it’s their mental and physical downfall as well. In the midst of their ever-increasing narcissism, the men in our society are unknowingly fulfilling the prophecy that Paul gave about how men would act in the last days in 2 Timothy 3:2-4. God have mercy on our wicked, narcissistic society.
Source: Diane Swanbrow. Expensive egos: Narcissism has a higher health cost for men. Eurekalert.org. January 23, 2012.
–Harry A. Gaylord–