Rev. Dr. Meredith Garmon Ph.D. And Sociopathic Unitarian Universalist Clergy - What's The Connection?
I *had* been meaning to blog about this topic for some time now so I hereby thank Rev. Dr. Meredith Garmon for:
A) reminding me to finally get around to blogging about sociopathic Unitarian Universalist clergy
B) providing me with a Big Fat U*U Foil to play off. . .
Without further ado here is the (typo corrected) comment that I just posted in response to Rev. Dr. Meredith Garmon's 'From Evil to Sociopathy' blog post -
I wonder how many Unitarian Universalist ministers are sociopaths?
The American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, fourth edition (DSM-IV-TR), gives the prevalence of psychopathy as 3% in males and 1% in females, however it is known that sociopaths tend to seek positions of prestige and/or power in society so one could reasonably expect that the percentages would be higher for clergy of all kinds, not just Unitarian Universalist clergy. But let's stick with the provided percentages and calculate how many sociopathic North American U*U clergy there are using those statistics in conjunction with official UUA statistics.
According to these comparatively recent UUA membership statistics there were 1,752 fellowshipped U*U clergy in 2009. Let's round that up to 1800 in light of the fairly steady increase in the number of fellowshipped U*U clergy who only numbered 856 in 1961 and 1559 at the turn of the millennium. For the sake of argument we will deem that the ratio of male to female U*U clergy is approximately 4-6 or so these days. That would provide a figure of 720 male U*U ministers and 1080 female U*U ministers, this of course notwithstanding the fact that a certain percentage of U*U clergy may not identify as being 100% male or female. Three percent of 720 is 21 or so, one percent of 1080 is 10 or so, Thus, based on the American Psychiatric Association's statistics, we can reasonably expect that there are at least 30 fellowshipped Unitarian Universalist ministers in the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations who are sociopaths, with at least 20 of them being males and at least 10 of them being females.
Now we can play the "Guess The Sociopathic Unitarian Universalist Minister Guessing Game"!
I can think of several sociopathic U*U ministers just of the top of my head. . .
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