Sunday, 13 October 2013

Religious trauma syndrome

Do the Exclusive Brethren now known as Plymouth brethren Christian church cause this known phenomenon?

1 comment:

  1. I understand Dr. Marlene Winell introduced the term “Religious Trauma Syndrome.” She is author of the book Leaving the Fold - A Guide for Former Fundamentalists and Others Leaving their Religion.

    She has defined Religious Trauma Syndrome as a set of symptoms and characteristics that tend to go together and which are related to harmful experiences with religion. They are the result of two things: immersion in a controlling religion and the secondary impact of leaving a religious group.

    An article about it written by Dr Winell can be read at http://journeyfree.org/rts/

    Not all psychologists agree that this set of symptoms are sufficiently distinct from other sets to be regarded as a separate syndrome, distinct for instance from PTSD, but there is general agreement that people who have been members of a controlling religion often finish up psychologically damaged, sometimes severely, and some of the damage can last for a lifetime. I have closely studied a number of such cases and become aware of many more. I think the methods that are used by such groups to control people are probably what cause the damage.

    Some of Jill Mytton’s research consists of attempts to quantify various measures of psychological damage found in ex-members of the Hales Exclusive Brethren, and have also attempted to identify particular kinds of trauma, such as loss of loved ones or sexual abuse, that are commonly followed by the signs of damage.