About the Fanatic / Zealot Personality Subself

    Have you met someone you would call "fanatic"? Such people are obses-sed with and rigidly judgmental about some cause.

    A personality subself that can cause such obsessive attitudes and com-pulsive behaviors can be called the Fanatic or Zealot. Its protective role may be to (a) distract inner children from major pain, and/or to (b) provide a sense of belonging (to a group of like-minded people) to offset feeling alienated and alone, and/or to (c) provide morally-justified superiority to overcome intense guilt and shame, an/or (d) provide life-purpose in a chaotic world.

    Some fanatics are self-focused and solitary or "normally social." Others feel compelled to confront people with different beliefs, and aggressively de-nounce them as "wrong" or "bad," and/or to convert them to the "right" be-liefs. The Christian Crusades, the US Civil War, the current terrorism move-ment, and other bloody national and global conflicts each had famous and unknown people influenced by Fanatic and other Guardian subselves.

    The Fanatic subself may work  with the Perfectionist, Inner Critic, Warrior, Rebel, Addict, Rager, Magician, and Moralizer subselves to disable the true Self. In some cases, fanaticism may qualify as a mood addiction (to excite-ment + power + purpose). Premise: typical "fanatics" (a) are significantly wounded (ruled by a false self), and (b) don't (want to) know that or what it means. Lesson 1 in this nonprofit Web site offers a framework for understan-ding and harmonizing personality subselves and reducing psychological wounds.

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