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Originally posted by wildtimes
Religious Trauma Syndrome: How Some Organized Religion Leads to Mental Health Problems
Dr. Marlene Winell is a human development consultant in the San Francisco Area. She is also the daughter of Pentecostal missionaries. This combination has given her work an unusual focus. For the past twenty years she has counseled men and women in recovery from various forms of fundamentalist religion including the Assemblies of God denomination in which she was raised. Winell is the author of Leaving the Fold - A Guide for Former Fundamentalists and Others Leaving their Religion, written during her years of private practice in psychology.
Over the years, Winell has provided assistance to clients whose religious experiences were even more damaging than [the article's author - see the article to read about her struggle with bulimia and faith]. Some of them are people whose psychological symptoms weren’t just exacerbated by their religion, but actually caused by it.
written during her years of private practice in psychology.
Technically, that would be 10% before taxes.
. . . and the whole having to give 10% of their income after paying crazy taxes and mortgage, utilities while the church pastor made 150,000 a year and got an expensive free suburban home to live in as well i found kind of disturbing.
EXACTLY!! That's the entire issue. On the other hand, some people's 'worldview' might be opened up. Yes, people who leave extremist religions do become shattered.....but, they can recover and get on with their lives. Same with any 'mental illness'. Face the scary, negative thing, DEAL WITH IT, and reclaim your life.
Our opinions differ about religion but i hope you'l agree that if a religion does a lot of good and occasional harm then its much better for it to stay and correct the reasons that caused harm rather than being completely rejected.
Another proof evident of this, is the deliberate genocide and erasure of indigenous peoples and Native Indians, who would not bow to the Eurocentric CULTS. Because they were in harmony with earth and animal life, in balance, both male and female. (granted there were some tribes that leaned more to hierarchies but I also find the correlation to them and the geological environment/impact to reveal sme possible reasons, another topic).
My point in all this, is to Warn, victims, of religious trauma, to be Extremely careful in joining another form of Religion, that of science, because the schools of thought, originate from the same Elitists, who are hell bent in keeping you enslaved. My advice would be to one, cut off the simulations, such as t.v., movies, stop reading for a while, books, ESP religious texts as they just Retriggered, take up gardening, nature, seriously, and recenter your authentic self. Go back if you can, to WHO you were in early childhood before the trauma, or at least, before you were Changed by it, in your core self. And start from there, trauma cuts off our true self growth, what we Would have been if not for the Soul assassins. This I warn you, is not a quick cure nor a short journey.
I can seriously believe this story because there are really people out there like that.
I wish I were kidding about this. . .
It was all too real to my hubby, and he was inspired. I just lost all hope and trust in him. I wasn't ready to be sacrificed so willingly.