As A JW Were You Generally Feeling Guilty Over One Thing Or Another?

by minimus 21 Replies latest jw friends

  • minimus

    I believe the Witnesses keep people in the cult by means of using guilt as a tool. It seems people who leave the religion tend to stop using meds and anti-depressants. ExJWs seem more content and less filled with worry and guilt.

    What do you think?

  • Botzwana

    I always felt guilty over one thing or another. Never happy in the org.

  • Billzfan23

    Always...I even remember when the twin towers fell 10 years ago - my first thought was not a normal human reaction - it was guilt and worry about how close the big A was and how I was gonna die.

  • DesirousOfChange

    There was always guilt.

    Guilt about masturbating, guilt about sneeking a few beers, guilt about getting shitfaced drunk, guilt about taking a couple hits off a doobie, guilt about feeling girls' tits, guilt about slipping them the finger, guilt about getting a blowjob, guilt about screwing my girlfriend......

    Now I know it's just the everyday growing up phase.


  • Found Sheep
    Found Sheep

    yes!!!! I now watch movies that have sexually inappropriate jokes and I laugh instead of turning it off!!! Noticed that yesterday "don't mess with the Zoan" so funny


  • TimothyT

    Yes! This was it for me. I was so upset with who i was because the organisation told me that im sick in Jehovahs eyes. When i left, i started to feel good and happy.

    Best anti-depressant - Leave the organisation that is making you feel depressed. Simple!

    Timmy xxx

  • meangirl

    Yep all the time. So glad not to feel that way anymore.

  • troubled mind
    troubled mind

    I was just thinking about this today . One of the main reasons I faded away from the meetings was not so much because I didn't believe they had the truth I just couldn't stand being so unhappy . I was so sad because i always felt guilty ,even when I had not done anything wrong . Whenever I was part of a group either at work ,or at the KH ,and the Elders gave a reprimanding talk or my boss came down on the sales staff for weak performance ....I always felt it was my fault crazy is that ??? I now know ,after being out for 6 yrs that it WAS the Watchtower influence that caused these feelings .

    I no longer have those guilt feelings and I no longer suffer from episodes of depression like I did then . I feel happy now ,genuine,normal ...

  • breakfast of champions
    breakfast of champions

    I have always said my #1 emotion growing up was GUILT.

  • Ilovebirthdays

    I think if JW's were more mainstream the phrase wouldn't be "Catholic guilt", it would be "JW guilt". 13 years out, I don't belive a single thing the JW religion has to offer, but I can still feel guilty about everything.

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