This looks really excellent, thanks for the tip. I am finding quite a bit of stuff on the web from the book. It is facinating stuff.
I can't find my article on the Web but it was: "The Narcissistic Guru: A Profile of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh." Free Inquiry (Spring, 1988) I have a copy somewhere but it would be nice if it was online. --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "markmeredith2002" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > > --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "curtisdeltablues" > <curtisdeltablues@> wrote: > > > > Hi G, > > > > I think you are on to something with his contempt for his own > > followers. Have you seen the comparison of the narcissistic > > personality disorder and Indian Gurus, mostly focused on Rajaneesh? > > It was in Free Inquiry in the late 80's. The author applied the DSM > > III standards to a few gurus and it really explained a lot for me. > > How they operate so far outside the normal constraints of reciprocal > > society and can exploit people because they have contempt for them. > > Those interested in this topic could check out the book, Prophetic > Charisma: The Psychology of Revolutionary Religious Personalies by > Len Oakes. Started out as a PhD thesis and expanded into a book. > Oakes also finds narcissism as the common personality trait in a group > of charismatic spiritual leaders that he studied, and has some > interesting insights into how spiritual sects tend to evolve based on > this insight into the leader's personality. > To subscribe, send a message to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Or go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FairfieldLife/ and click 'Join This Group!' Yahoo! Groups Links <*> To visit your group on the web, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FairfieldLife/ <*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] <*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to: http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/