The types of former Jehovah’s Witnesses
The Whitney Houston
This is perhaps the most common XJW, and this description can overlap with almost every XJW personality, except for the Brett Favre,. The Whitney Houston sees that the JW religion is abusive or some fundamental flaw in the church and perhaps even leaves for a while, but goes back to it for some sort of reason or the other, much like how a battered wife goes back to her husband in times of stress or lonliness.
Some reasons for going back most often include:
Not having the same social standing and hierarchy that one had as a JW or being unable to socialize with others outside the group. (Known as “culture shock” to sociologists)
Going through a personal problem and not having a friend that’s been associated with the Whitney Houston type for a long enough term to help them get out of the personal problem. (You will commonly hear Whitney Houstons returning to the JWs telling you how their “worldly friends” were not “real friends”.)
Not being versed enough in history, Bibliology or logic and encountering a similar cult like church with even more erroneous theology and being convinced that “the JWs have the truth”.
Most Whitney Houstons leave the faith because they find the religion either to be too restrictive or hypocritical, but lack the critical thinking to see through the rest of the religion and make a clean, psychologically healthy break and thus often return to the JWs, often with untreated emotional issues.
The Replacement Addict
Many who are JWs were strong followers of the JW religion to the point where it became nearly an addiction. When they find out that their religion’s unhealthy or dishonest, they leave. Unlike the Whitney Houston, they find another, high controlling religion to fill in the vacuum that leaving the JWs created. You will see some XJWs become “strong” Catholics or be involved in some other church. Many become strongly political (Editor’s Op: In his experience, the replacement addicts who use politics to fill the void become politically liberal, since it much closely resembles the collectivist nature of the JW version of paradise).
Drug addicts who replace one addiction with another tend to fail the most, since they’re not curing their addiction disorder, they’re just channeling it into another, less harmful addiction. But it’s still an addiction. Much like how XJWs who become deeply involved in other faiths become delved into their new faiths as strong as they were as JWs to compensate for the loss of their previous addiction. A replacement addict might find it better for their mental and emotional health to stay away from many religions for a while and let the “where will I go” fog clear.
Soon to come:
The Mad as Can Be
The Brett Favre
The Rudderless Ship.
The Wild Child