The Great Watchtower Guilt Trip

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  • Vidiot
    Freeandclear - "...More like the most depressed and fucked up people on Earth..."

    I don't know if you're aware of this, but...

    ...there was a brief interval back in the 90s when it looked like the Org was quietly looking into increased reports of serious depression amongst the rank-and-file, along with tacit acknowledgement of the issue which included a couple of write-ups in the Awake magazine regarding the subject.

    Then, all of a sudden, it just stopped.

    Many of us suspect that said investigation began to yield some uncomfortable facts...

    ...such as that it was way more of a problem amongst the membership than previously thought (or that WT ideology allowed for the possibility of), and was in fact, a factor in JW suicides...

    ...and more importantly, psychiatric analysis was beginning to strongly suggest that it was said WT ideology itself that was, in fact, the cause (indirectly or otherwise) of the depression in the first place... or at the very least, was exacerbating it.

    Needless to say, these conclusions would have been completely unacceptable to the WT leadership... it was "The Truth", after all. So, instead of implementing ideological or policy reforms that would alleviate it, they doubled down and simply declared that "Jehovah's Witnesses are the Happiest People on Earth"... (period).

    Since then, there has been virtually zero mention of depression or mental illness at all in WT publicatios (except, of course, that "apostates are mentally diseased"), and certainly no advice towards seeking professional psychiatric help has been given.

    Can't have "worldy" shrinks - or worse, the rank-and-file - beginning to suspect that being a JW in and of itself might be the real root of mental and emotional health problems, after all.

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