Is Bodybuilding A Narcissistic Activity? Are bodybuilders obsessed with themselves?

Bodybuilders are often labeled as narcissists since they spend a lot of time in the gym in the quest for achieving a better look through muscular development. As a result gym outsiders label muscle worshipers as self-centered individuals who have hard time seeing further than their own existence and well being.

This leads us to the question: is bodybuilding a superficial narcissistic activity?

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To Help Others, You Need To Help Yourself First


In order to be a fully productive person helping society you need to help yourself first. It’s almost impossible to help those in need when you’re a victim yourself. How are you supposed to give people food when you are starving?

It’s obvious that a person in healthy condition would be able to help much more people than a sick man living on the street.

You’re more helpful to society when you’re in good state and able to use your body to its full potential. Bodybuilding can help you in that endeavor. Having strong joints, endurance and muscle mass makes you a better version of yourself which immediately translates positively to any altruistic cause.

You Are The Only Owner Of Your Body

Not many people realize this because slavery is tolerated everywhere, but one of the things that you own regardless of laws and misconceptions is your own body. Nobody on this planet can tell you how to treat your own physical form. If you want to improve your body composition under any form – you have the universe’s permission to do so.

Everything that we do in this materialistic world is an expression of our bodies. To a certain point the labor of a person is an extension of the body too. When you work you’re producing a product that results from your physical efforts.

Any form of EXTERNAL force restricting the expression of your body represents unjustified control over something that doesn’t belong to anybody but you – the person born with this body. This is exactly what happens during exploitation.

The big corporations making big money are exploiting people by stealing their labor. This is a wrong doing since those companies are claiming ownership over the employees’ bodies. This is not the case regardless of what the made up human laws say.

You are the owner of your own body. If you want to be strong and muscular, nobody on this Earth has the right to stop you from achieving your goals. Narcissistic or not – having muscles is your right.

Every Good Deed Is Egoistic

There is no doubt that every good deed is motivated by egoistic and selfish reasons.

Yes, you can be doing good to someone but you’re mostly doing it for yourself and your own inner piece.

When people donate they may not be getting money or goods in return, but most of the time they’re not looking for such, and do it to satisfy the inner fire pushing them to help. Charity often does more for the helpers than for those who are supposedly receiving help.

Altruism is just an illusion. It does not exist in reality.

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Wake up! You’re not the only one here.

With all that being said, there is no doubt that many bodybuilders are narcissistic beyond belief. It’s not the activity that causes it but rather the overall personality. You can be the biggest narcissist in the world without ever stepping a foot in the gym.

It’s a doggy dog world where the majority of the population lives in absolutely horrific conditions while the rest is suffering from mind control and major loss of individuality and thinking beyond the primal instincts.

We are living a flat life.

No matter how hard you try to sugarcoat it suffering will remain an existential part of this world where duality seems to reign supreme. You can’t have a day without a night and birth without death. You can’t be happy without moments of sadness.

Since we are all trapped in this Hell together and technically our enemy is the same, it makes sense to help others when there’s a possibility to do so. After all, you never know when you’re going to be in a losing position, relying on the mercy of others.

In conclusion

There are activities and mainstream ideas that are much more narcissistic than bodybuilding. In its true form bodybuilding is a personal battle against physical weakness.

When you are improving your physical condition you’re doing a natural act that cannot be matched through acquisition of artificial materialistic substances.

Who is more narcissistic – the person that spends 2 hours in the Mall looking for “sexy clothes” or the individual who sacrifices time to improve the only clothing we really have (our body)?

Yes, there are many bodybuilders who spend 1 hour a day flexing their biceps in front of the mirror after being stung by a bee, but bodybuilding is not to blame. It’s the need to look good in the eyes of others that can tilt the scale in favor of narcissistic existence.

There is no doubt that the world would be a better place if we focused more on improving our physical appearance naturally rather than losing sleep over trivial things such as “are my shoes good enough“, “is my Facebook status catchy enough“, “will he like me if I have small tits“, “my friend sold his Xbox and therefore is no longer my friend“.

Bodybuilding is not narcissistic. We are.

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