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Updated: Feb 18

A smear campaign is a malicious attempt to damage someone's reputation by spreading false or misleading information about them. Narcissistic emotional and spiritual abusers may use smear campaigns as a way to maintain control over their victims, discredit them, and isolate them from support systems. This can be a particularly devastating form of abuse, as it can lead to social and emotional isolation for the target.

Five signs of a smear campaign may include:

1. Unfounded Accusations: The targeted individual is consistently accused of things without evidence or justification.

2. Gossip and Rumors: False or exaggerated information is spread about the targeted individual, often in a way that is meant to damage their reputation.

3. Isolation and Alienation: The individual may find themselves being ostracized or cut off from social circles or support systems.

4. Covert Manipulation: The abuser may subtly influence others to believe and support the false narrative being spread about the targeted individual.

5. Psychological Warfare: The targeted individual may experience emotional and psychological distress as a result of the campaign, such as anxiety, depression, or a sense of hopelessness.

As overcomers in Him, it's important to remember that we are not defined by the false accusations and attacks of others. We can navigate this difficult and painful attack by seeking support from trustworthy individuals, focusing on our own self-care and well-being, and staying grounded in our faith.

Scripture has much to say about false witness and causing division. In the book of Proverbs, for example, Proverbs 6:16-19 warns against sowing discord among brothers. In Matthew 18:15-17, Jesus provides guidance for dealing with offenses within the church, emphasizing reconciliation and restoration. It's important to remember that while smear campaigns can be painful and damaging, we are called to respond with grace, truth, and a commitment to love our enemies.

As overcomers in Him, there are several ways to overcome the attack of bearing false witness:

1. Seek Support: Surround yourself with a strong support network of trusted friends, family, and fellow believers who can provide encouragement and perspective.

2. Ground Yourself in Truth: Remind yourself of your true identity and worth in God's eyes, and cling to the truth of who you are despite the false accusations.

3. Practice Forgiveness: While it can be incredibly challenging, choosing to forgive those who are spreading falsehoods can free you from the burden of bitterness and anger.

4. Take Care of Yourself: Prioritize self-care, including activities that bring you joy, relaxation, and peace. Engage in prayer, meditation, or other spiritual practices that nourish your soul.

5. Seek Wise Counsel: Consider seeking guidance from a Trauma Informed Coach & Narcissistic Abuse Specialist or spiritual mentor such as with Overcomers in Him who can provide wisdom and perspective as you navigate this difficult situation.

By implementing these strategies and staying anchored in your faith, you can overcome the pain and difficulty of a smear campaign, emerging with your strength, integrity, and spirit intact.

Navigating a smear campaign can be incredibly difficult, but with the support of trusted friends and a foundation in faith, it is possible to emerge from this experience with strength and resilience.

Love & blessings!

Connie Dunn, BSN, RN, NC-BC, BC-MHC

Board Certified Trauma Informed Positive Psychology Nurse Coach, Christian Mental Health Coach (American Academy of Christian Counselors), Narcissistic Abuse Specialist, Somatic Experiencing & Brainspotting Practitioner


So good thank you!!


Thank you! Love and blessings!

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