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Working on my Interests

The time to apply for graduate school is approaching fast and I felt like I had a bit of dilemma on my hands. On one hand I want to research and be involved in helping other survivors of religions trauma. This interest stems from my own experience escaping the high control group known as Jehovah’sContinue reading “Working on my Interests”

My History as a Jehovah’s Witness

Ryan aka “elryancito” was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. He is currently counselor that works in an intensive clinical group living environment which is a pilot program designed to help dually-diagnosed disabled individuals with recovery.  Ryan is also an undergraduate psychology student at Worcester State University. Ryan’s Parents and Grandparents were Jehovah’s Witnesses.  His grandfather found solace inContinue reading “My History as a Jehovah’s Witness”

ExJWs: Dealing with Disagreements

As JWs we were all forced to have the same religious, moral, and political views.  When we leave the religion we grow and our beliefs start to diversify.  You may have encountered individuals who now are passionate about something that you are very passionately in disagreement with.  How can we handle these disagreements while maintainingContinue reading “ExJWs: Dealing with Disagreements”

Radical Acceptance

There are essentially 4 responses that any XJW can have in response to the problems that bother us.  We can do nothing and continue to let them bother us.  We can change how we think about the problem.  We can find a solution and resolve the problem.  OR we can practice something called Radical Acceptance. Continue reading “Radical Acceptance”

Support ExJWs with Active Listening

With the growing community of ExJWs online, we need to support each other through some of the most challenging personal situations. One way that we can support each other is by being active listeners. Your job as a listener is to build rapport, understanding, and trust. As JWs, we were accustomed to telling others whatContinue reading “Support ExJWs with Active Listening”

Experience with Jehovah’s Witnesses

My blog page is the result of my combined love for psychology, science, and helping other survivors of the high demand religion known as Jehovah’s Witnesses. I feel that it is relevant to discuss my life experience as it relates to Jehovah’s Witnesses. My Parents, Grandparents, and almost all of my aunts and uncles wereContinue reading “Experience with Jehovah’s Witnesses”

Emotional Validation

The feelings of members of Jehovah’s Witnesses are often rejected, ignored, or judged.  This is emotional invalidation.  Especially if born into the religion these people may experience a very profound level of personal invalidation.  Not only are they told what to believe but they are also told what they feel.  Any personal feelings or experiencesContinue reading “Emotional Validation”

How to Build Better Relationships with Positive Psychology

Many XJW’s are working on building better healthier relationships.  With effort and support we can overcome the social and relationship trauma we have experienced.  Letting Positive Psychology influence the way we speak and respond to others can help. 

What is Scientific Theory?

If you’re anything like me you were taught wildly inaccurate things regarding the nature of “theories”.  Similarly you might be familiar with the word “hypothesis” but not understand exactly what a hypothesis is.  Sometimes Fundamentalist religions deliberately cause confusion and mislead people regarding the terms.  Other times confusion arises from the words being used inContinue reading “What is Scientific Theory?”