The essay "Self-Identity and Growing Up in the Jehovah's Witnesses" by Marcela Sherwin was an interesting commentary on how being brought up as one of Jehovah's Witnesses affects one as an adult after they leave the cult. Only a small sample of ten adult XJWs participated in the survey. I thought it would be interesting to read the answers all of you would give to the same questions. How about it? Will you participate? The questions I have culled from the article are below.
Survey Questions for Adults Who Were Raised as Jehovah’s Witnesses but no Longer Practice
1. Were you allowed to make choices for yourself when you were a teenager? If so were your choices restricted to those approved by the WT?
2. As a child did you fit in with the in-group at the Kingdom Hall?
3. Were you part of a school team, yearbook, multi-cultural club or other extracurricular activities?
4. Have you struggled with adjusting to the social norms and values of society after departing from the WT in your adult life?
5. Have you struggled with making friends in your adult life?
6. Have you attended counseling after departing from the WT?
7. What effect has your Witness upbringing had on you, positive, negative, or a combination?
I am a convert myself (converted as a teenager) so appreciate any insight you might share with what it was like growing up in the cult. I've read many of your stories and have difficulty relating to much of it. I raised my children in the WT, thoroughly convinced it was the best way to bring up my boys. My husband, TotallyADD, was raised in the cult by fanatical Witness parents. He has answered the above questions which I will post later.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
The essay in its entirety can be found at www.freeminds.org. Thanks to Randy for putting up on his site.