If the blood issue had not arisen with my unborn son, I'm afraid I would have never mentally escaped. That is a scary thought, yet there it is. Only when faced with a decision that could have meant the life of my son, was I really shaken to the point of allowing myself to indulge my doubts about the religion, and to examine with an open mind, “apostate” literature. (Then, as fate would have it, my former Bethel roommate suggested that I read Crisis of Conscience. He was ahead of me, mentally, in his exit.)
One thing that Steve Hassan candidly admits, is that if a person is truly happy as a member of a high-control group, they are probably not going to exit. In my own case, I wasn't really that happy (most of the time), so perhaps I would have found my way out, even without the blood situation with my son.
On the one hand, I truly believe (as Hassan does) that at their core, people want to be free. On the other hand, it's very true that learning TTATT can set into motion a chain of events that not everyone is prepared to handle. Further, some of them (seemingly) cannot make the transition. It is quite possible that a person’s life can take a serious turn for the worse, especially if their financial security is tied up other JWs. I would also guess that severely introverted persons with little real-world life experience would quickly be placed into a severely disadvantaged state, if they were to find themselves being shunned by the local congregation.
Rescuing a loved one from the WT, and having your family restored is one of the greatest joys of my life. When it happened, it almost didn't seem real, at first. It is definitely a worthwhile goal. I got incredibly lucky, with another perfect storm of circumstances allowing my older (never baptized) brother to have repeated and direct interactions with our JW parents and with our younger JW brother. He followed the suggestions put forth by Steve Hassan in these interactions. By necessity, these interactions usually included what some would label as deception. For example when speaking to my mother, she would constantly ask him whether or not he still believed certain doctrines, such as the 144,000. He would reply, “Yes, of course.” This would allow the conversation to continue, on whatever topic he was trying to discuss. Telling the truth would have immediately ended the conversation. JWs will ask these types of questions, because they need a mental excuse to tune you out, to stop listening. You must deflect these questions. I mention this, because many mistakenly believe that being brutally honest is an effective method, or perhaps they believe it’s the Christian method. I can speak from experience when I say you’re most likely going to have to use deception to reach your loved ones. If and when they exit, they’ll be glad you did. It will be a non-issue. It will be self-evident to them that you were using the method that worked.
The exit begins in the mind, IMHO. A person must answer 'Yes' to this question: "Can you see yourself as being happy, yet no longer a JW?"
When you can mentally (and even secretly) get to 'Yes' on this question, you're beginning your exit.
Membership and status within the WT organization is not like a pair of glasses though which the JW sees the world. The organization is his very eyes themselves. Every aspect of his thinking is affected by the indoctrination. The entire worldview centers on all things WT.
The video above was very clever and it does indeed demonstrate how "perspective" is so important. This is why I agree with Don Cameron, when he asserts that nobody has ever joined the JWs, after having undertaken a study of the history of the WT organization. Viewed through history, from the beginning until the modern day, most people will conclude that the WT religion is ridiculous, and even fanatical.
Just a few thoughts.