What are the psychological effects of losing your religion?

Christian Jarrett BPS Research Digest April 6, 2018 For many, their religion is a core part of their identity, the meaning they find in life, and their social world. It seems likely that changing this crucial aspect of themselves will have significant psychological consequences. A devout person would probably predict these will be unwelcome – ...

Avoiding Inconvenient Truths When We Just Don’t Want to Know

New data shows we avoid facts that conflict with our feelings Jane Adams Ph.D. Psychology Today Mar 13, 2018 When information is easily accessed and costs us nothing, why do we ignore it? New data[1] from a study of intuitive-deliberative conflict – referred to more colloquially as the head vs. heart debate – identifies this ...

The Power of the Word

Scientology’s unique manipulations of language seduced the novelist Sands Hall and kept her bound to the church. Michael Friedrich The Nation April 12, 2018 In 1986, after years of illness, Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard died, leaving the church to his key deputy, David Miscavige. Under its new leader, Scientology changed its image dramatically: Hubbard’s ...

Review: Garst Women vs. Religion: The Case Against Faith and for Freedom

Lisa Kendall Lisa Kendall grew up in the Move of God, leaving at 19 years of age. You can learn about her experience and perspective at Counter Cult Coalitionon Facebook. She is writing a memoir about her crazy family and bizarre upbringing called No Place Like Home. Purchase on Amazon Karen Garst has edited another excellent ...

What are the psychological effects of losing your religion?

By Christian Jarrett For many, their religion is a core part of their identity, the meaning they find in life, and their social world. It seems likely that changing this crucial aspect of themselves will have significant psychological consequences. A devout person would probably predict these will be unwelcome – increased emotional distress, isolation and waywardness. ...

A Mother’s Heartbreak: How Scientology Destroyed My Family

A Mother’s Heartbreak: How Scientology Destroyed My Family
“In this gut-wrenching story of anxiety, loss and steadfast love, the author shares her personal struggle to regain her relationship with her children severed by the Disconnection Policy of the church of Scientology.” “As she discovered, she is not alone in her sad circumstance. Many other families have fallen victim to the manipulative powers of ...

PsychCentral: 9 Signs Of Psychological and Emotional Manipulation

“Control is a powerful word. It is a powerful force within the human race. It denotes a power to dictate, influence, maneuver, or direct.” “If you look up the term “control,” it is synonymous with intimidating words including: sway, authority, jurisdiction, command, dominance, mastery, sovereignty, supremacy, or ascendancy. These words are certainly intimidating to say ...