Although flying monkeys are not strictly speaking part of Cluster B, they can be used by Bees so they have a place in this blog. I love the name and concept. It’s such good fun!
Sometimes you’d like nothing better than to give them a good scolding, especially if they’re on the other team:
They appear on t-shirts. There is even a line of fashion named Flying Monkey. You can find the cutest shorts by Flying Monkey at Bloomingdales so you know it’s gonna be good. Too bad they are so pricey.
To be serious, for a minute, a flying monkey can be a well-meaning relative who tells you you are breaking your mother’s heart by not speaking to her. They don’t know the whole story, why you went No Contact. But they are right there with all the heart rending emotions and probably get a warm glow in their hearts thinking they are helping. They can also be malicious gossips who know they are being snarky and don’t give a damn. Sometimes a flying monkey will be your faithful champion and servant for a while and then turn against you. Maybe they are flying monkeys for your enemy now. Keeping a flying monkey loyal can be a matter of skill and perseverance.
Another thing one can do is accuse people of being flying monkeys whether they are or not. Many people seem to thrive on believing the worst about others and passing on nasty rumors. Then those people who heard and believed the rumors become flying monkeys themselves.
Perhaps the media is a center for flying monkey activity. A newspaper or news show can make a dandy back yard fence over which you can get and spread information.
- The Recovery Movement. Source of Flying Monkey concept by way of the Wizard of Oz
- Narcissists, Sociopaths and Flying Monkeys (Oh My!).
- What Flying Monkeys Do For Narcissists (And How to Disarm Them).