But, until I had first-hand experience, I really had no idea that some seemingly normal people actually go far out of their way in an attempt to destroy someone else. I had assumed that anyone with anti-social characteristics this strong would be locked up, because they had committed a punishable crime.
Unfortunately, high-functioning sociopaths/malignant narcissists walk among us. They can be our neighbors and our co-workers and they can masquerade as our "friends." We can even meet them at church, as I did. Actually, church is a haven for these sorts because they like to run things. Since most other parishioners, as well as the pastor, usually try very hard to please, a house of worship is actually the perfect place for abusers to gain an upper hand.
Drawing on this experience, I started another blog that focuses specifically on narcissists who flourish in religious settings. If you're interested in this topic, please visit my other blog on church bullies.
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