Messiah complex

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For the comic book, see X-Men: Messiah Complex.

A messiah complex (also known as the Christ complex or savior complex) is a state of mind in which an individual holds a belief that they are, or are destined to become, a savior. The term "messiah complex" is not addressed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), but symptoms of the disorder closely resemble those found in individuals suffering from grandiose delusions (GD) or delusions of grandeur. This form of delusional belief is most often reported in patients suffering from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Little is known about the disorder, but it is believed that as many as 10% of the population may hold similar beliefs in one form or another, though not significant enough to warrant a diagnosis. [1] Examples include Jim Jones, David Koresh, and Inri Cristo.[2]

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  1. ^ The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual published by the American Psychiatric Association
  2. ^ Diamond, Stephen A. "What exactly is a messiah complex?" in Psychology Today; May 20, 2008