Assembly Damages

Emotional and Psychological Damages

  • Loss of self-identity, emptiness
  • Self-distrust, confusion
  • Over-compliance, loss of agency
  • Anxiety
  • Difficulty with choices & decisions
  • Self-recrimination, shame
  • Sadness, regrets
  • Guilt
  • Anger

Cognitive Distortions

  • Loss of critical thinking skills
  • Black-and-white thinking
  • Cognitive dissonance, catch-22's
  • Thought-stopping
  • Difficulty concentrating

Social Displacement

  • Loss of community
  • Alienation from the culture
  • Not belonging anywhere
  • Shame about cult past

Relational Losses

  • Loss of former friends
  • Distrust of people
  • Loss of boundaries
  • Alienation from family of origin
  • Distorted marriages
  • Child-rearing damages

Physical and Neurological Damages

  • Sleep disruption, dreams, nightmares
  • PTSD, complex PTSD (c-PTSD)
  • Spacing out, 'floating', dissociation
  • Memory impairment, memory loss
  • Phobias, aversions
  • Triggers, stress-induced neurological issues
  • Stress-induced physical issues

Occupational, Educational, Financial Losses

  • Loss of career goals, career advancement
  • Underemployment
  • Lost educational opportunities
  • Financial loss
  • Losses due to required Assembly service
  • Lost years

Spiritual Damages

  • Loss of connection with God
  • Anger, distrust, doubts about God
  • Aversion to the Bible
  • Distrust of churches
  • Loss of spiritual community
  • Loss of meaning, purpose
  • Apocalyptic fears
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