In psychology, a savior complex is an attitude and demeanor in which a person believes they are responsible for assisting other people.[1] A person with a savior complex will often experience empathic episodes and commit to impulsive decisions such as volunteering, donating, or advocating for a cause.[2] A person with the complex will usually make an attempt to assist or continue to assist even if they are not helpful or are detrimental to the situation, others, or themselves.[3] It is often associated with other disorders, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and is commonly used interchangebly with the similar term 'Messiah complex'.[4]

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  1. ^ "What Is a Savior Complex?". Mental Health Center of San Diego. Mental Health Center of San Diego. Retrieved 15 September 2023.
  2. ^ "The saviour syndrome". C2 Care. Retrieved 15 September 2023.
  3. ^ Staughton, John. "What Is A Savior Complex?". Science ABC. Science ABC. Retrieved 15 September 2023.
  4. ^ Fischer, Kristen. "What Is a Messiah (or Savior) Complex?". WebMD. Retrieved 2024-05-20.