Watchtower

Tired of Being “On The Fence” With Your Life?

By |2018-08-23T14:36:02+00:00August 23rd, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Beginning to Doubt and Question There are moments when almost anybody can become disillusioned when in a totalistic, or rigid and intolerant, group (or controlling relationship). Losing one’s “faith” can happen for a wide variety of reasons. Maybe they become aware of some discrepancy or hypocrisy in the doctrine or in a leader’s behavior. Perhaps someone [...]

The BITE Model and Jehovah’s Witnesses

By |2018-08-04T12:31:59+00:00August 2nd, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

August 2, 2018: This past June, I did an online survey on influence to conduct, analyze and publish research on undue influence. Scientific data is required to help establish specific evaluation criteria to update legal and social policy in the United States and around the world. The initial results of my research show that former members of the [...]

High Control Groups Program Members to Fear Mental Health Help

By |2018-05-24T10:26:24+00:00May 24th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Mental Health Awareness Month May is Mental Health Awareness Month! I wanted to write this blog on how some high control groups program their members away from mental health help.  This is true, especially in the case of Jehovah's Witnesses,  Scientology, The Moonies, as well as countless other high control Christian, Jewish and Muslim groups. A recent murder-suicide [...]

The Freedom of Mind Approach to Recovery and Healing from Destructive Cults

By |2018-05-17T10:54:18+00:00May 17th, 2018|Categories: Resources and Support, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  The Freedom of Mind approach to recovery and healing from destructive cults is customizable and designed to meet the needs of most any person who has been influenced by a cult. People who were born or raised in a cult have spent their early developmental years under cult control. Other people may have entered into [...]

Undue Influence, The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu, and Current Events

By |2018-01-11T20:25:14+00:00May 16th, 2017|Categories: Media Reviews, Blog, Current Events|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hulu has created a television series based on Margaret Atwood’s book, The Handmaid’s Tale, and it is highly recommended viewing*. Last year, Hulu produced The Path and I was interviewed by Vanity Fair for my perspective. This time, I am blogging about The Handmaid’s Tale as I believe this is a very upsetting but well made [...]

Is It Good Policy to Ban Religious Cults?

By |2017-04-24T16:45:24+00:00March 30th, 2017|Categories: News and Updates, Blog, Current Events|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

This week, there had been a lot in the news about Russia’s possible ban of the Jehovah’s Witnesses-- labeling them an extremist group. While I have personally worked with and become friends with many who have suffered as Witnesses under the policies of Watchtower, I do not agree that banning groups is a responsible policy. In [...]

Freedom of Mind for LGBTQ Youth

By |2017-04-06T17:30:06+00:00December 16th, 2016|Categories: Resources and Support, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Freedom of Mind, as an organization and as a meme is grounded in a commitment to basic human rights as expressed by the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Please take a moment to look at these profound statements. It’s not surprising that many cults hold doctrines and practices which are intolerant and even violent towards [...]

JW Leadership Fails to Protect Children

By |2017-04-06T17:43:13+00:00December 8th, 2016|Categories: Guest Blogs, Blog, Current Events|Tags: , , , , , , |

Guest Blog by Steve Guziec   When I was a Jehovah’s Witness, I prided myself on knowing I was part of the only true Christian organization on the planet earth because of the love shown in “Jehovah’s Organization.”  I told myself and others this for decades.  One of the largest “comforts” to me was knowing that [...]

A Watchtower Tragedy

By |2017-04-06T17:47:34+00:00October 21st, 2016|Categories: Blog, Current Events|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

  This week, a 27-year old member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Canada lost her life because of her refusal to accept a life-saving blood transfusion. Éloïse Dupuis was admitted to the hospital after her planned home birth resulted in complications. She was immediately given a Caesarean section and her baby was saved. However, during the [...]

An Introduction to Steve Guziec

By |2018-01-17T12:34:09+00:00July 8th, 2016|Categories: News and Updates, Guest Blogs, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Guest Blog by Steve Guziec   ​ Update: As of January 2018, Steve Guziec is no longer working with Freedom of Mind Resource Center.  He wished to take his life in a new direction and we wish him the very best in his academic and life pursuits. I'm so excited to be working with Steven Hassan and [...]