I was discussing this a little with someone earlier, and I wanted to get some opinions.
As JW's, we were not supposed to associate with 'worldly' people, other than what was absolutely necessary. We conversed with them while out in the preaching work, but most of that discussion was of a pre-packaged sort. Our topics for conversation were found in the kindom ministry as were suggested presentations. We studdied publications before we offered them. We watched demonstrations on the platform. We relied on the 'Reasoning' book to help us in overcoming objections and potential 'conversation stoppers'. Conversations in the hall with other JW's were mostly superficial, or about a talk or article in the watchtower.
Now that you are out of the BORG, do you find normal conversation with others difficult?
Do you find yourselves using a speech pattern similar to that used in the society's publications?
Do you find that being a JW has impaired your social skills?
Do you find it difficult to open your mind to new ideas, or concepts?
Do you sometimes find yourself at a loss for words when confronted with an unexpected question?
Do you feel that your JW experience has affected your ability to progress in the workplace?
I've experienced all of these at one time or another, to varying degrees, and it makes me wonder just how much of it is due to Watchtower mind control and its aftereffects. Also, does anyone have any suggestions on how to overcome it?