Mental health effects of being in a highly controlled religious group

Someone asked for :

published evidence based research articles that examine the mental health effects of being in a highly controlled religious group

Right away, its a big ask. To find it could be a little like “searching for to find rocking horse shit”. The only difference is that while rocking horse shit doesn’t exist, metal health effects of being in a highly controlled religious group, do exist

They are fairly plentiful

Problem is though, that thus far, (i figure) there has been very little research done into this subject

Why so?

Because the powers that be feel reluctant to look into it. For more than one reason too (I suspect)

  1. The topic is like researching into a time bomb, considering how it delves into the bothersome issue of so called religious liberty
  2. I suspect that there will be a lack of funding, what’s made available to interested parties that might otherwise have already considered to step up and offer to take-on doing this kind of research. So therefore there is also a lack of interest as well too, from the professional corner. Because professional will expect to get paid decent money, so as to help compensate themselves for all of their long hours previously spent in study within university
  3.  Being that governments have been rewarding these highly controlled religious group, through charity status. Then perhaps government may also remain wary of daring to get pro-active in any way themselves, in regard of asking for prompt completion of this kind of research . For fear that the research might turn up information of what might backfire and highlight “irresponsibility” of Governments, of whom quite possibly will be found out to have been rewarding mental abuses through charity status 

So as you can see,perhaps there is reason why this kind of research still remain round about as scarce to find, as what rocking horse shit also is

This scholarly evidence study of:

mental health effects of being in a highly controlled religious group

Remains fairly hard to come by

The problem is made far worse, too, once we consider the fact that even the more mainstream Christian groups are also remaining rather reluctant themselves, to step forward to help demand that this research would need to be completed

Why so?

My guess is that it has to do with aspect of protecting their own interests. They will enjoy the fact that charity status is still freely issued to religious groups, as of right, like dishing out a free for all lolly scramble

General citizen have grown so familiar with looking upon religious people, and their religious groups, gullible approach as if they are kinds of loving caring type people with which butter wouldn’t ever be likely to even melt in the mouths of

Notwithstanding the fact that its now well known fact already by now,how even the mainstream Catholic Church has been caught out with hiding sex abuses

Even so, the status quo remain, that citizen in general are still oblivious to the full depth of harm

Why so?

Because its long been traditional to look upon believers in a good light . As if they would be most likely to be highly  caring folk , because of their faith belief

Yet nothing could be further from the truth

Even when news finally broke of the mainstream Catholic sex abuses. Many believers were verbally far more concerned to think about how bad the sex abuses might had made “Christendom look like”

They worried more about how Christianity would look like

There was far less being said about how hurt the sexually abused might feel

Few cared ?

The outrage was all about how bad it had made Christendom look

Christendom cares far more about looks

So it sadly seems

They care bugger all about the mental health effects.

So you feel you don’t believe me?

Ok then. Well i’d challenge anyone of you, to try and find us, any news about the subject of faith abuses  (other than sex abuse, ie like shunning or grief caused through excommunication )

Come on. Dare you to find some?. Dare you to find any news report on the subject of mental health effect of family division and dysfunction caused through shunning and excommunication 

Dare you

I doubt you’ll find any. Being that nobody cares

Even Christian don’t care enough to bother to discuss it much

They don’t?

Christendom is a complete shambles

Because you’ll find more than enough news reports detailing the harm caused by cults . You’ll even see plenty enough of it being reported on tv news too. Time and time again

But you wont see reports of outrage coming from within ranks of Christendom . You wont find evidence of Christian folk acting verbally outraged about the knowledge that family’s are being divided. The knowledge that in some worst cases, there is even been act of suicide and murder

You wont

You wont see it being discussed. You wont see Christian demanding that studies would created, and be-financed, so as to then proceed to research into any of it

You wont see those demands from within the Christian rank

Christian don’t care about that harm?. The only time they care to feel outraged, is upon hearing about how Christendom has been made to “look bad”



Therefore this then makes them also less inclined to become verbally outraged, themselves, in regard of any faith abuses of what involve family dysfunction and of what of course does effect mental health


Because of their concern that their act of helping to highlight it. Might then also have an snow ball effect too, of helping to also highlight how bad Christendom “looks”

Due to open knowledge of that 

Therefore they also choose to say very little . Stay silent

Because THEIR MAIN CONCERN is how their beloved Christendom might be exposed to “look-like ”

Christendom is a shambles

Even although studies remain scarce ,there is plenty of information to propose that in fact there are huge problems with effect on mental health.

Consider the work done by psychologist Valerie Tarico, for one instance

Religious Trauma Syndrome: How Some Organized Religion Leads to Mental Health Problems

Then consider that recent studies suggest that perhaps high levels of stress might shrink brains

Interesting right?

When families are torn apart, through religion, then little doubt this will in turn help to cause high levels of stress


At least four siblings within my own family have in fact attempted suicide. Ive personally been present within the aftermath of two of these horrid situations. And then there are two of our relatives, as well too, of whom have in fact committed suicide.


And ive seen a sibling elder brother of mine, have become so beside himself through his experience of extended period of grief (like through living months all alone by himself in the family home), after having been put into forced separation from company of his wife and children (whom had been removed from within the family home). That at the time when we met-up (randomly down at the local wharf, one day by pure chance, when i was an ex and this brother was in shut-up excommunication mode), at that moment when we’d met i hadn’t been even able to recognise him anymore, due to the fact that he had in fact lost so very much body-weight, and by then looked far more like a starving refugee from a country suffering from famine (he had like the “holocaust” type look). So close was this brother, been near to his own death, that with the following week or so, his own doctor would then proceed to take it upon himself ,to purposely  go visit the Exclusive Brethren himself, so as to personally warn them of the news that in fact this brother was not so-far from finally starving to death, through his experience of extended loneliness and grief and ceasing to even feel like eating anymore (being shut up within Brethren, meant that one wouldn’t be allowed/supposed to have social contact WITH ANYONE other than through slim contact with certain people, while working within the workplace setting) .To complicate matters worse, this brother is also been diagnosed as Asperger’s .Not that this had helped make the Brethren to act anymore compassionate

I could easily relay a fair number of other personal traumatic experiences, like these, of what are somewhat similar too. But i’m not interested. As i don’t enjoy it one bit, to need to reconsider any of it. Mostly i spend time trying to still forget it. And hope i  don’t dream about it (PTSD)

I’m sure that there is others (ex eb) who will deal with these problem, way worse too. I know its so


The evidence is plentiful

But the trouble is that the powers that be, have yet to get on with doing proper in depth studies. So as to help highlight it



About ExEB

I'm a agnostic/atheist . Interested in learning more about science. I also am an "ex-member" of a group most publicly known within modern times, as the Exclusive Brethren. Whom are an off-shoot of the original Plymouth Brethren group. I'd say it likely my personality could possibly be described as quirky.You know ,as in being , unconventional , unorthodox , unusual, off-centre, strange, bizarre, weird, peculiar, odd, freakish, outlandish, offbeat, out of the ordinary, bohemian, alternative, zany I'm sure iv'e been classed as "crazy" . Many times But then, being born into a group like the exclusive brethren. Doesn't lend itself ? to tend to produce things considered as being "very normal" .Does it I escaped the Exclusive Brethren cult as a 15 year old teenager. Even since that time iv'e been trying to adjust to living life outside the cult. With much of my life being lived within the genre of "wild colonial boy" style. In the general sense of a church-rebel picking and choosing from role models who appeared within-life along the way. But as the exclusive brethren cult had traditionally maintained a general church-rule , of need to shun and totally excommunicate any ex member of their group.Treating such people as if they were dead. Thus this situation developed more to do with my need of following traditionally enforced church-rule , as apposed to it being so much about "life-choices". Certain emotional experiences, and parts of life in general, have led to me adopting a sense of low self esteem. Which is a situation i still deal with from time to time. Through my ongoing interest in science. I find i am able to gather more information to help me better understand my situation. Much about life for me, has often seemed like a massive puzzle.With many missing pieces.
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