What can temptations look like in concrete terms?
Temptations in body, soul and spirit
Temptations can affect all three areas of life, body, soul and spirit, and take a different form depending on the one:
Body: taking and consuming instead of giving
Physical-material temptations focus on the desire for consumption and quick gratification. Thus strength and superiority are used to achieve a better position, often at the expense of others who are used and exploited.
The trap is impatience instead of trust: "I want it all and I want it now!" - "I want it all NOW".
Soul: Domination through manipulation and dominance instead of attention
Soul-spiritual temptations are rooted in the need for affirmation, recognition, understanding, attention, admiration, praise, even "worship". The trap is lack out of dissatisfaction (the attitude: "Actually, I deserve something better ..."). The temptation is to force what one longs for by manipulating or pressuring the other person.
Spirit: Power instead of love
Spiritual temptations want to divert man from the path of love and instead draw him into the sphere of action of power, so that he becomes either a victim or a perpetrator (see The Ego). Thus he simply wants to fall and drift or he desires control and domination in order to be able to take. But he never gets enough, because his true longing, love and acceptance cannot be satisfied this way.