Psychologists say that sensitivity
to criticism is symptomatic of an unhealed ‘wound’.
My thought is that perhaps it has
to do with not making the healthy transition to adult life. Being “grown up”
means making our own decisions and taking personal responsibility for things we
choose to do. The opposite situation is found significantly among Jehovah’s
Witnesses, JWs exhibit that raw, unthinking dependency on perceived authority
which is found characteristically in children. (The NT typically endorses such
foolishness to be practised as an adult).
The JW religion supplies both the instructions and a community strictly conforming to that ethos; a whole new ‘family’ ruled
by a patriarchal governing body who act as surrogate parents to all JWs both adult
To comply with this social
arrangement, spurred on by the dream of an impossibly perfect life in paradise
is an offer a child-like mind cannot refuse. A mature adult used to making
judgements on testable evidence would instantly bridle at the absurdity of the
reward of everlasting life. Just for the moment suppose paradise is possible; what is the cost? To win this prize you must relinquish your self determination, limit your thinking and also you must hand over your conscience to another party!
@Punkofnice, I’m not so sure that
Witnesses are conscious of their delusion in the first place (when I was a JW,
I was deluded into thinking that I was not deluded!) but it seems that bubble
bursting is absolutely at the heart of the sensitivity. The bubble is the certain belief in
the over-inflated hype of the GB and reliance on the sanctity of an ancient
set of fables.
Perhaps the JW does have a nagging suspicion that
membership satisfactorily covers their private psychological wounds; their inadequacy, abuse, poverty, poor education, ill health, bad parenting or even the
inability to stand on one’s own feet.
As WB Yeats said,
“But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams."