Some abusive people are relentless. They abuse their victims for years, sometimes their entire lifetime or their victims’ lifetime. When their victims finally sever ties, this should mean the end of the abuse, but often it doesn’t. Abusers are notorious for harassing & even stalking their victims, sometimes for years after the victim ended the relationship. Not all abusers do this however. Sometimes, they send out their evil minions to do their dirty work.
Flying monkeys is a commonly used term used to describe the evil minions who help narcissists abuse their victims. They are quick to tell victims that they need to fix the relationship with the narcissist because the narcissist is such a wonderful person. They not only sing the narcissist’s praises, but they use guilt & shame to try to manipulate victims into tolerating the abuse. They say things like, “He is so miserable without you!” “Your mom isn’t getting any younger..” “You only get one set of parents!”
You would think once the relationship is over, the flying monkeys’ jobs would be over too, but sadly, that’s not always the case. These mindless cronies still take their work seriously & can amp up their dysfunctional tasks. Sometimes they will try contacting victims even years after the victim removed the narcissist from their life. Sometimes they do it because they think now that time has passed, the victim has had the time to “get over” whatever the narcissist did to them, so now they’ll listen to the flying monkey’s logic about why they should resume the relationship. Other times, they are on fact finding missions for the narcissist, hoping to find out whatever the narcissist wants to know about the victim. Most times it seems they are hoping to find the victim is utterly miserable & destitute without the narcissist. Still other times, these flying monkeys do it just to harass the victim while telling themselves they’re simply trying to help, which, in true covert narcissist fashion, enables them to think they’re good people. Whichever the case, their behavior boils down to creating strife in the victim’s life, & that is something that the Bible speaks against very strongly.
Strife means to create discord, clash with or to antagonize another person. Naturally strife can lead to other problems such as anger, hatred or thoughts of revenge, which is probably why the Bible speaks so harshly against it. Galatians 5:19-21 in the Amplified translation of the Bible says, “19Now the practices of the sinful nature are clearly evident: they are sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality (total irresponsibility, lack of self-control), 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions [that promote heresies], 21 envy, drunkenness, riotous behavior, and other things like these. I warn you beforehand, just as I did previously, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
People who are willing to start such strife do so for various reasons, none of which are good. Proverbs 15:18 describes the type of person who starts strife in various ways in different translations. Hot tempered, quick tempered, wrathful, & hothead are some of the words used in that particular Scripture. Proverbs 16:28 also describes this type of person as a troublemaker, perverse & even evil. Another motivation for some people is hatred, according to Proverbs 10:12. Pride is yet another motivation which is mentioned in Proverbs 13:10 & 28:25. The pride aspect proves my theory that many flying monkeys are covert narcissists. They interfere because not only do they enjoy abusing, but they think they look like good people just trying to help fix a damaged relationship.
The best way to deal with flying monkeys is not to deal with them if at all possible. No matter who they are, there is Biblical evidence that there is no need to have a person like this in your life. Proverbs 22:10 says, “Drive out the scoffer, and contention will go away; Even strife and dishonor will cease.” A scoffer is someone who mocks others or treats others with contempt. That is often the perfect description of not only narcissists but their flying monkeys as well, so I believe this Scripture applies to them all. Protect yourself & remove these dreadful people from your life if you can. There is no good reason to tolerate such awful behavior from anyone!