How old were you when you left the Watchtower - SURVEY

by usualusername 70 Replies latest jw friends

  • usualusername

    I believe that the older you are the harder it is to leave the Watchtower.

    I am attempting to get a list of ages people learnt the "TRUTH" and what age they left.

    For me it is:




  • Wild_Thing

    I was in the borg 0-24. I learned TTATT at 16, but it took me that long to get out.

  • love2Bworldly

    I got baptised at 13 and disfellowshipped at 21, reinstated at 24 then faded out pretty quickly since I loved being "in the world" and feeling like a normal person

  • Wild_Thing

    Also, I think how hard it is to leave has more to do with how old you were when you left. I think it has to do with how indoctrinated you are. I was homeschooled for most of my childhood, my father was an elder, my mother was a pioneer for a lot of my childhood, ALL of my family were witnesses, and needless to say, I was pretty indoctrinated. It was VERY hard to leave.

  • GrreatTeacher

    I was 19, after being disfellowshipped and reinstated, I just walked away. I had been raised in the troof.

  • Calebs Airplane
    Calebs Airplane

    too old

  • tootired2care

    Thirty five, I told my wife I couldn't stomach the BS I was forced to give, and receive from the platform any longer. A month later we both walked away, and quite cold turkey. Best decision ever.

  • Finkelstein

    20 after being brought up in it since birth.

    Couldn't stand the pretentious lying made to proliferate the WTS. literature.

  • hybridous

    Born in and quit at 17. Never baptised, but more-or-less, made an official and deliberate exit.

    Spent a decade trying to just 'get over' the abusive childhood. Things didn't improve for me until I went to therapy/counseling. It made a world of difference for me, and I strongly recommend it for exiting JWs.

  • dazed but not confused
    dazed but not confused

    Born in, baptized at 13 and left at 28. Cold turkey. I didnt leave that last meeting knowing it would be the last one. It was a couple weeks later that my wife in tears asked if I was going back after missing 2 full weeks in a row. I told her I couldnt do it anymore. She followed a year later when she was 28, also born in and baptized at 17.

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