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"...Dr. Marlene Winell is a human development consultant in the San Francisco Area. She is also the daughter of Pentecostal missionaries. This combination has given her work an unusual focus. For the past twenty years she has counseled men and women in recovery from various forms of fundamentalist religion including the Assemblies of God denomination in which she was raised. Winell is the author of  Leaving the Fold - A Guide for Former Fundamentalists and Others Leaving their Religion, written during her years of private practice in psychology. Over the years, Winell has provided assistance to clients whose religious experiences were even more damaging than mine. Some of them are people whose psychological symptoms weren’t just exacerbated by their religion, but actually caused by it.   

Two years ago, Winell made waves by formally labeling what she calls “Religious Trauma Syndrome” (RTS) and beginning to  write and speak on the subject for professional audiences. When the British Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Psychologists published a series of articles on the topic, members of a Christian counseling association  protested what they called excessive attention to a “relatively niche topic.” One  commenter said, “A religion, faith or book cannot be abuse but the people interpreting can make anything abusive...” 


http://www.alternet.org/belief/religious-trauma-syndrome-how-some-organized-religion-leads-mental-health-problems


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by on Mar. 28, 2013 at 12:05 AM
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morriganna
by Member on Mar. 28, 2013 at 9:08 PM
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Quoting Imacakebaker:

Way to bash Christians.

Way to read the article before spouting off.  It's not about all Christians or only Christians.  Though to be fair, this could probably be about your children one day...

Euphoric
by Thumper kid spanks on Mar. 28, 2013 at 9:08 PM
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 Oh like you don't bash every other group of people you fucking idiot.

Quoting Imacakebaker:

Way to bash Christians.

 

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Imacakebaker
by on Mar. 28, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Nice language.

It is about bashing.

Quoting Euphoric:

 Oh like you don't bash every other group of people you fucking idiot.

Quoting Imacakebaker:

Way to bash Christians.

 


Euphoric
by Thumper kid spanks on Mar. 28, 2013 at 9:10 PM
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 Why do you bash gays and muslims?

Quoting Imacakebaker:

Nice language.

It is about bashing.

Quoting Euphoric:

 Oh like you don't bash every other group of people you fucking idiot.

Quoting Imacakebaker:

Way to bash Christians.

 


 

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morriganna
by Member on Mar. 28, 2013 at 9:20 PM
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She didn't even answer my response since there was no profanity to criticize lol. 

It's about fundamental religions.  That could include Christians and Muslims.  The problem is that nobody is even allowed to acknowledge the problems within many Christian sects or you're "persecuting" all Christians.

Quoting Euphoric:

 Why do you bash gays and muslims?

Quoting Imacakebaker:

Nice language.

It is about bashing.

Quoting Euphoric:

 Oh like you don't bash every other group of people you fucking idiot.

Quoting Imacakebaker:

Way to bash Christians.

 


 


Suzy_Sunshine
by Silver Member on Mar. 28, 2013 at 9:34 PM

I think it is far easier for people to recognize the negative effects of extreme religion while they deny the negative impact of mainstream religion.

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