I ran across an interesting blog article (that is noted in my sidebar). There is a 5-part series called, "The Dark Side of Spiritual Abuse" at The Barnabas Blog written by Philip Harrelson.
Today I read Part 4 a number of times. So much of it spoke out to me from my own personal experience or the experiences that others have shared with me.
The blog author mentions the book, Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership, by Gary McIntosh and Samuel D. Rima, and from the book lists five types of leadership styles which can lead towards spiritual abuse:
- compulsive leader
- narcissistic leader
- paranoid leader
- co-dependent leader
- passive-aggressive leader
Reading through the examples of the characteristics was quite shocking. I kept finding myself saying, "wow, that's it!" over and over again.