Saturday, March 7, 2009

Defining Spiritual Abuse

After almost two years of blogging on this topic, this blog now displays a tremendous amount of information about spiritual abuse, but it does not necessarily flow in a logical progression. I’ve prepared this index to help the reader to more easily navigate through the number of posts that appear here on this blog. Probably the most comprehensive overview of spiritual abuse can be heard in the Spiritual Abuse Podcasts available for free download at These interviews give an overview of the topic of spiritual abuse and highlights from many sources.


Finding Help and Healing
Examples of Manipulative Techniques
Conformity Studies (Video Documentaries)
  • Bad Apples or Bad Barrels: Video Overviews of Zimbardo’s Lucifer Effect (Philip Zimbardo lectures on how systems of control and social pressure promote evil behavior and encourages individuals to become “everyday heroes” in the face of social and environmental pressures.)
  • The Wave (A video that depicts the disturbingly true story of a classroom experiment in a history class in a California high school. The teacher sought to demonstrate to the students how German citizens so readily accepted the Third Reich to his class by exposing them to some of the behavioral techniques used.)
  • Stanford Prison Experiment (The Hierarchy Effect?) (How an investigative study produced disturbing behaviors among a group of students at Stanford University)
  • The Milgram Study (Study evaluating willingness of subjects to follow instructions given by a perceived authority figure)
  • Asch Conformity Study (Study evaluating how subjects respond to social influence and popular opinion as a force that powerfully affects perception)
  • The Power of the Situation (A documentary reviewing conformity studies and the powerful effect that social pressures, authority figures and circumstances pose upon individuals)
  • Be Heroic! (About Zimbardo’s Hero Project campaign to teach people to be everyday heroes and resist situational influences.)