Just some random musings here...
Picking up on the thoughts expressed in other posts (such as @Wake Me's post excellent earlier this week), about how "infantilized" JWs are, it made me think of this post topic.
Just like little children, JWs need to be given constant praise and reassurance that they are doing well and doing the right thing. Also, they feel so bad if they stray or deviate from the ideal prescribed course, behaviors or activity that is approved by the Society.
If they are told that they have "Coloured outside the lines" so to speak, they feel dejected - or worse - defensive, depending on who points it out to them. (eg a witness vs a non witness)
It really highlights the lack of personal self esteem and self worth that the religion imposes on the average member. Yes, they are infantilized.
A sense of dependency is created and enforced... The Society has manipulatively made itself into the superior mentor and authority figure for all JWs.
"So kids - Do NOT colour outside the lines!", or you may get into trouble!