Julia is a reclaimer who lives in London. She is contributing poems to an upcoming anthology called “Happy Heretics: Tips for Recovering from Harmful Religion.” She is writing a memoir about growing up in a strict evangelical family and also a novel. She recently performed a number of poems, including the one below, and sent me this link. She is a great writer and you can get her humor even more when you watch the video. And … Continue Reading
Ever really thought about what the doctrine of original sin does to a person’s sense of self-worth and capability? I collected these Christian sayings and letters and made this video. Have a look. (Click on title)
At this time of year it’s hard to avoid dealing with the differences you have with your family. If you are a “reclaimer” (reclaiming your life after being religious) who has been raised in a religious household, holiday times can be very uncomfortable when other family members are still devout. Having worked through these issues with many clients, here are a few guidelines that might be helpful.
I’ll start by suggesting … Continue Reading
Dr. Tarico is a psychologist from Seattle and a member of Journey Free’s Board of Advisors. Her insights on religion and psychology are unparalleled. Don’t miss her book, Trusting Doubt, and read her blog, Awaypoint.wordpress.com. She also has a YouTube channel called Trusting Doubt.
Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)
“I am greatly troubled by what you say. I wrote Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn for adults exclusively, and it always distresses me when I find that boys and girls have been allowed access to them.
By Marlene Winell, Ph.D.
I get this question so frequently, I’ve made a real effort to reply. To be honest, I don’t like the question because it presumes we know what those words mean. Here are some responses, touching on more or less serious aspects of the topic.
1. Which god? Do you mean Zeus, Baal, Athena, Shiva, Allah, Jehovah, or some other? If you mean one of those, then no. I am not a theist. I don’t believe in an individual … Continue Reading
This is a YouTube series of 3 videos from Marlene’s talk at a retreat, explaining why she thinks the most important thing about accepting evolution has nothing to do with the Garden of Eden. It’s about understanding ourselves for who we are – animals.
Here’s my talk on “Leaving the Fold” at the Exmormon Foundation Conference on Oct. 15, 2011 in Salt Lake City. I think former Mormons are to be commended for making it out of such a controlling religion and powerful social system.
This article by Pete Walker is a good explanation of “emotional flashbacks” and complex PTSD, which result from childhood neglect and emotional abuse (common to RTS). In essence, current stress can trigger old pain; recognizing the signs and learning to manage the emotional reactions is important for healthy functioning. I think that this work provides valuable insights that coincide with my own approach with taming the “idea monster” and learning to actively care for one’s inner child.