Making sense of life after leaving a cult.
Dad left a high control religious group, often called a cult, when he was 30 and since then has been trying to work out what he thinks about a whole bunch of stuff. With new episodes every Wednesday and a Sunday interview, ”What should I think about..?” is a daughter - father podcast with the lofty, if overly ambitious goal, to make sense of the complicated, contradictory, confusing but wonderful thing we call the world.
Since leaving, Dad has gained a degree in Psychology and a Masters in Organizational Psychology so brings some of this knowledge and experience to the conversation. Celine is a young filmmaker working on a number of different documentary projects including ”The Pink Pound”, a documentary that explores the relationship between the LGBTQ+ community and commerce.
Podcast theme, original music “Electric Sheep” composed and performed by Stephen Mather copyright Evil Sheep Productions 2020.
This week's episode looks at the question of abortion and the recent Supreme Court decision in the USA. It's a subject that we've planned to talk about for some time and recent events have made it absolutely time we did.
Content warning: Obviously given the subject matter listener discretion is recommended.
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”To say it was awful was an understatement”: Alisha’s Story
Ex Jehovah's Witness Alisha tried to simply leave the religion she was raised in and build her own life. The elders had other ideas.
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The promise that you can be transformed into the person you've always wanted to be is a tempting one. This week Celine and Stephen explore the LGAT - Large Group Awareness Training industry and similar interventions. Can they deliver their promise? Are there risks associated with them? Are some of them cultic in their methods?
From Fear to Freedom with Kimberley Miller
One of the most emotional interviews ever on our podcast, author Kimberley L Miller talks movingly about her life as Jehovah's Witness. She describes growing up as a Witness and the struggle to just be a child, to just be herself, and the fear that came along with that upbringing. She also talks about her leaving the organization, her return and the lowest point in her life. Kimberley's story is ultimately life affirming and inspirational. It was such a privilege to talk to her.
Warning: This episode briefly discusses the suicide attempt Kimberley talks about in her book.
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Does Nature Tell Us Anything About God? With John Elson
In today’s episode I spend a very pleasant afternoon having a walk and a chat with a friend of the podcast and former guest John Elson at Castor & Ailsworth, a village just outside of Peterborough. John is a successful artist and he talked about his journey out of the Jehovah’s Witnesses back in September of 2021.
Our main topic of conversation today is the natural world and we had an interesting chat about all things evolution, creation, our place in the Universe and other minor considerations. John also showed me the rewilding project he is working on as part of a local community project.
If you want to see the area we walked, Sarah and I recorded a little video of the area as we took a stroll with our little dog Pepper. You can watch the video here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oU5lQtSWJGQ
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Theocracy to Democracy
When you are a fundamentalist Christian, Theocracy sounds like a great idea but when you leave, the reality becomes clear. Celine and Stephen discuss what it's like to live in a Theocracy and then explore more democratic forms. They get 'into the weeds' about how these systems work, and why sometimes they seem not to. What is a filibuster? And why gerrymander? are two of the topics of discussion, as well as why the Queen has no power and just who is the most powerful Joe in the USA?
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great podcast for new Exjw or PIMO
I found this podcast in the beginning of my leaving the JW faith. After I wasn’t struck by lightning by listening to someone who gives validation to your thoughts as a newly emerging exJW, I listened harder. I took notes, i read the books mentioned. This podcast is insightful especially for a born in JW like me. I don’t always have to agree but the material that’s presented seems so thoughtful & it makes you think. Always a good listen and the interviews are very diverse but the experiences are the same.
The psychological impact…
Just finished listening to the psychological impact of shunning with dr. Heather ransom.This is a perfect episode to share with someone who wants to understand what it means to leave JW. As an exJW, raised in it, disfellowshipped twice, out for good now, I find that In trying to explain what it means to have that background & the struggle to navigate the world, most people have a hard time believing some of the stories or the fact that my own family won’t talk to me because I chose to leave their religion.
This episode was so informative and validating. Thank you so much!
Great channel/ podcast
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