We all have likely heard the expression "to break a person" and usually it's in relation to kidnappers, bullies, pimps, human traffickers and cult leaders.
When a person is broken, their spirit, goals, aspirations, pursuits, self esteem, critical thinking and dreams are taken away. What fills that vacuum is despair, depression, low self esteem, lack of self confidence and individuality. The victim now believes that they are not worthy of enjoying life and following their dreams and personal satisfaction through personal achievements. The victim now believes that he must conform to what others " superior" to him say you must be as a person. Guilt, insecurity and belittling are constantly used to break the person and keep them in that state. This is accomplished through the meetings, publications, conventions and now jw broadcasting.
The Governing Body has been breaking people's spirits to live and enjoy life by pursuing happiness through their constant belittling and telling their members they are not worthy of happiness without obeying them and conforming your life to revolve around their endless activities such as meetings, field service, building projects, conventions, giving donations etc etc. Members are made to feel inferior and unworthy of God's love if they do not agree with their teachings and policies. Having thinking abilities, personal ideas and pursuits that do not promote the exaltation of the cult leaders is strongly condemned and the self confidence and enjoyment of life is robbed from you. Many cave in to this abuse and give up on life and live the rest of their lives like mindless, heartless, broken brainwashed zombies that have even surrendered their right to think for themselves. These have accepted the Governing Body's imposed edict that being successful, happy, having personal achievements, higher education, pursuing what makes you happy in life is NOT your right but instead to live every second promoting the exaltation of the cult and nothing else.
The Governing Body has broken the spirits of millions and have a toxic influence in humankind by robbing millions of their right to happiness and personal pursuits. The Governing Body's effect on the human spirit has been toxic and devastating.