The Judas Syndrome

Why Good People Do Awful Things

By Dr. George K. Simon, Jr. Published
The Judas Syndrome
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Judas betrayed with a kiss. Who has hurt you, and what can you do about it?Even people we think are our friends will deny and betray us. Are they bad people, or just don’t do enough, or people with good intentions but acting in ignorance? Or are they basically decent people who, when put to the test, fail because of their weak faith?

Filled with many examples, The Judas Syndrome gives concrete ways to prevent people, even other Christians, from hurting you and the role that faith can play in changing them and helping you avoid the pain that these relationships often bring. Although sometimes we suffer as a result of our own shortcomings and missteps, placing our trust in Christ's message of love provides the gateway to the life God intends for us. In other words, faith can really save us—a faith, however, that is not easily undertaken on a daily basis or one that can be sustained alone.

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The Christian spiritual life requires ongoing discernment to be able to respond to the Spirit of God present within the soul. Often in spite of our best intentions we can say like St. Paul, “What I do, I do not understand, for I do not what I want but what I hate.” Often these actions can bring pain and hurt to others and well as to ourselves...This book challenges the reader to examine the things one does or fails to do, in light of faith in Christ and conforming one’s whole life to that faith, so that we end up doing not what we hate, but rather what transforms both ourselves and our world.
--Scott Friend, Vicar General, Vocation Director, Diocese of Little Rock, Arkansas

All of us hold suffering in common. Some is the result of our own choice making; some far beyond our control. But suffering comes. Without a doubt what we believe about life itself impacts how we deal with pain in our lives. For Christians suffering and faith are powerfully connected. George Simon, a psychologist and a Christian, explores those connections and offers insight to help us not be victims of our own suffering.
--Larry E. Maze, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas

Dr. George's book is replete with compelling accounts of people who have grown through the interplay of psychology and spirituality. His therapeutic skills and years of pastoral experience yield many vital insights for personal growth. His counseling approach is consistently grounded in an authentic Christian faith perspective.
--N. Patrick Murray, Ph.D., Episcopal priest, author of Living Beyond Your Losses

About the Author

Dr. George K. Simon, Jr.

George K. Simon, Jr., Ph.D. is a leading expert on manipulators and people diagnosed with character disorders. Not only a psychologist, Dr. Simon is also a public speaker, consultant, professional trainer and composer who has appeared on numerous national television and radio programs. He is also the author of the popular book, In Sheep's Clothing: Understanding and Dealing with Manipulative People and Character Disturbance: The Phenomenon of Our Age.