Breaking the Silence on Spiritual Abuse
Lisa Oakley, Kathryn Kinmond
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Spiritual abuse occurs when an individual, church or a belief system, whether well intentioned or not, dominates, manipulates or castigates individuals through fear tactics, mind control, or some other psychological or emotional abuse. Breaking the Silence of Spiritual Abuse provides the first sustained examination of spiritual abuse within the Christian faith, exploring the definitions and historical context of spiritual abuse while giving voice to survivors' stories of their personal experiences. Providing a balance of
empirical research and practical concerns, this ground-breaking book outlines a process model for the different stages of spiritual abuse and includes strategies for therapists working with survivors of spiritual abuse.
themes in the narratives. Additionally, many of the sub-themes identified through IPA were aspects or elements of power being exercised within the abusive context. (For a summary of the sub-themes identified as dimensions of power, see Table 2.1.) Power is seen to be operating at an institutional and personal level. The major theme of power is comprised of two main sub-themes. These are coercion/control and divine position. Coercion/control was found to be a foundational principle of SA; this
individuals themselves are evaluated negatively. Individuals quickly learn to suppress their own concerns and to conform to the censorship rule. The literature in this area recognises the process of individuals being identified as the cause of any problem they raise. Individuals will be informed that ‘their objections and questions do not stem from reasoned and objective analysis but rather from their spiritual or emotional problems’ (Truthfinder, 2003). Any question will promote negative
therapist and also the supervisor. For example, concurring with Gubi (2003) cited earlier, West reports a reticence on the part of therapists to embrace this part of their work in supervision for fear of being misunderstood. Then, possibly as a defensive response to a potential (or perceived) fear of being misunderstood by their supervisor, Gubi and Jacobs’ study with BACP accredited counsellors reported that practitioners had concerns around the ‘adequacy of their supervisor’s support’
these norms, which are cults. Howard challenged this divide with the publication of his book The Rise and Fall of the Nine O’Clock Service (1996). This book argued that the practices that operated within one mainstream church in Sheffield were essentially cultic in nature. However, it should be noted that his account of the experience within this church included issues of a sexual nature. In contrast, the position we have argued excludes sexual behaviour as this form of abuse is deserving of
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