Just because someone goes to church and appears to be holy doesn't mean that's the case. Actually, since my encounters with religious bullies, I've learned that piety can provide the perfect cover for the mentally disturbed.
Individuals with Narcissistic Personality Disorder like to run the show. They crave positions of authority, and a church offers plenty of opportunity to use their "talents." Once embedded in the organization, they cling tenaciously to their unpaid position. Sometimes, though, narcissists are on the payroll. You'll also find them in the pulpit.
Narcissism and bullying are almost one and the same. A healthy individual with a full range of emotions, including empathy, doesn't employ devious tactics to discredit another. A narcissist, on the other hand, doesn't care who stands in his way. If he sees something he wants, he considers it his.
Church bullying is something that exists, and it appears to be pretty widespread. But it's one of those things no one likes to talk about. However, I'm going to discuss it here in hopes of offering consolation to others who've experienced malicious behavior in church.
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