- Poor critical thinking skills.
- Difficulty making decisions.
- Decreased sense of self-worth.
- Difficulty building strong relationships.
- Being unfamiliar with mainstream culture/isolation.
- Struggling with fitting in and belonging.
- Sleeping issues.
Signs and Symptoms of Religious Trauma
Impeded development (social, emotional, sexual, etc.) Depression, anxiety, or other mental health concerns. Poor decision-making skills. Lack of self-confidence and self-esteem.... read more ›
Many people experience RTS as a result from an authoritarian religion or faith community. Individuals suffering from RTS may be struggling with black and white thinking, irrational beliefs, difficulty trusting oneself, low self-esteem, or feeling indebted to a group of people.... view details ›
Examples of Religious Trauma:
Loss of church community or family (Having to leave cause it's unsafe or hostile) Being told not hate the sin, love the sinner. Shaming being unwed, or having an abortion. Emotional, sexual or physical abuse from church leaders, family members etc, because of anti-gay beliefs.... see details ›
In studies that find a correlation between extreme fundamentalism and brain damage, it is suggested that extreme religious indoctrination harms the development or proper functioning of the prefrontal regions in a way that hinders cognitive flexibility and openness.... continue reading ›
Breathwork, meditation, dance, yoga, and other physical exercises are all great ways to process stored trauma in the body. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) While we know that one cannot just think away trauma, reaching out to talk with a mental health counselor is always a good step in the healing journey.... see details ›
If you've experienced religious trauma, you are not alone. Trauma of any kind can be difficult to process without the help of a mental health professional. Many therapies have proven helpful for survivors of trauma, including religious trauma, such as: Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)... read more ›
You may be experiencing religious or spiritual abuse if a religious leader has: Used scripture or beliefs to humiliate or embarrass you. Coerced you into giving money or other resources that you didn't want to give. Forced you to be intimate or have sex that you didn't want.... see details ›
- #1 Find Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (ERP) ...
- #2 Pay Attention to Reassurance. ...
- #3 Manage Your Reading Time. ...
- #4 Avoid Repetitive Prayer. ...
- #5 Avoid Black-and-White Thinking. ...
- #6 Include Your Religious Leaders. ...
- #7 Find Treatment.
Spiritual trauma occurs as a result of events that threaten and damage our core spiritual values and goals. This can be a result of either abuse by religious/spiritual figures or being raised with a toxic and overbearing interpretation of that religion or spiritual belief.... continue reading ›
People who experience this form of OCD suffer from obsessive religious doubts and fears, unwanted blasphemous thoughts and images, as well as compulsive religious rituals, reassurance seeking, and avoidance. People with religious OCD strongly believe in and fear punishment from a divine being or deity.... see details ›
Those participants who exited their religion were more likely to start out scoring lower on emotional stability, to be less trusting of others, and they tended to place less value on conformity, tradition and benevolence, and more value on self-direction, hedonism and the pursuit of power.... view details ›
- Encourage yourself and others (1 Thessalonians 5:11; Hebrews 10:25)
- Give thanks and marvel at God's wonders (Colossians 3:16)
- Grow in humble, honest self-awareness (James 4:8)
- Pray with other people (Acts 2:42)
- Grow in wisdom and knowledge of God (Ephesians 3:10)
First, engaging in 12 minutes of personal reflection and prayer each day makes a profound impact on our brain. It strengthens a unique neural circuit that specifically enhances our social awareness and empathy and helps us love our neighbor by developing a heightened sense of compassion and subduing negative emotions.... see details ›
A recent study that Medical News Today reported on found that religion activates the same reward-processing brain circuits as sex, drugs, and other addictive activities. Share on Pinterest Devoutly religious participants showed increased activity in the brain's nucleus accumbens.... view details ›
In a comprehensive review of the relationship between religion and generalized anxiety in 7 clinical trials and 69 observational studies, Koenig and colleagues8 found that half of these studies demonstrated lower levels of anxiety among more religious people, 17 studies reported no association, 7 reported mixed results ...... see more ›
Inwardly-directed spiritual practices such as mindfulness, meditation, and prayer may help reduce hyperarousal. Foreshortened Future and Loss of Interest in Activities. Rediscovery of meaning and purpose in one's life may potentially have enormous impact on these symptoms.... see details ›
You can contact The National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 1-800-656-4673. You can contact The National Domestic Violence Hotline online by selecting “chat now” or calling 1-800-799-7233. You can also contact the Crisis Text Line by texting “START” to 741741.... continue reading ›
Intergenerational trauma occurs when the effects of trauma are passed down between generations. This can occur if a parent experienced abuse as a child or Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs),2 and the cycle of trauma and abuse impacts their parenting.... see more ›
As a pejorative term, indoctrination implies forcibly or coercively causing people to act and think on the basis of a certain ideology. Some secular critics believe that all religions indoctrinate their adherents, as children, and the accusation is made in the case of religious extremism.... view details ›
Deconversion. Deconversion is the process by which converts leave their faith.... continue reading ›
You may be experiencing religious or spiritual abuse if a religious leader has: Used scripture or beliefs to humiliate or embarrass you. Coerced you into giving money or other resources that you didn't want to give. Forced you to be intimate or have sex that you didn't want.... continue reading ›
Spiritual trauma occurs as a result of events that threaten and damage our core spiritual values and goals. This can be a result of either abuse by religious/spiritual figures or being raised with a toxic and overbearing interpretation of that religion or spiritual belief.... read more ›
People who experience this form of OCD suffer from obsessive religious doubts and fears, unwanted blasphemous thoughts and images, as well as compulsive religious rituals, reassurance seeking, and avoidance. People with religious OCD strongly believe in and fear punishment from a divine being or deity.... continue reading ›