So there was a third girl I met up with, lets call her Laura. This girl presented as an intellectual and rationally minded person. She was also Puerto Rican. I dubbed her a “Skeptical Unicorn” for being both non-religious and Latina, which is something that seems rare.
Laura was cool and into all sorts of science-y things that I also enjoy. Being Non-Religious is one of the qualities that is important to me. However as I have discovered there is a difference between someone who is from mainstream america and is more or less passive about religion and some who who has to fight and make sacrifices for what they believe in.
The topic of politics came up and I said that I describe my beliefs as being liberal in nature but I also tend to not agree with people who describe their beliefs as being liberal. I explained that so-called liberals often want to deny my experience and tell me what my experience is and who I am She wanted an example.
So I gave for example my part Native American ethnicity. She immediately responded saying that my ethnicity “didn’t count” and that Native American Ancestry only “counts” if you have someone who is full blood 5 generations or less ago. To me it seemed like she was doing exactly what I was talking about.
Later I gave the example of my experience being raised in a cult and escaping fundamentalism. She said that I was “privileged” and that despite being born into a fundamentalist dooms day cult and being robbed of identity and autonomy that I had never experienced oppression.
We didn’t seem to agree on a bunch of things. Ironically, we did seem to agree and bond over our dislike of white female feminism though. Laura also shared a story about how she went to Africa and had the experience of being viewed as a “White girl” rather than as her typical identity as a Latina.
I’m not sure how to explain it but I feel like somewhere in sharing her experience in Africa she seemed to get what I was talking about. I hung out with Laura once or twice but I guess I just didn’t feel anything. The chemistry wasn’t there or whatever.
Do you ruminate? What is ruminating? Let’s take a look at what it is, why we do it, and what XJWs are doing to stop the cycle of rumination.
Continue reading Overcoming Rumination
Ex Jehovah’s Witnesses overcome all sort of unhealthy social ideas and habits. One of those unhealthy things is Codependency. It’s something that was ingrained in us from an early age. Let’s explore what it is and what kind of impact it might be having in your life today.
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So I met up with several girls off of OkCupid but most of them I just met up with once. Then I chatted with a girl that I’m going to call Tina. Tina was cute and a bit different from Ashley.
Continue reading My Second Experience Dating After JW
“Locus of control” refers to where an individuals control over their life comes from. It relates to their ability to make changes in life. Is control over your life internally generated? Or is it reliant upon external forces?
Continue reading What is Your Locus of Control?
It may seem a bit cliche but laughing is powerful. By nature, I’m a very serious person. I’ve been criticized for not smiling enough. Not laughing enough. I only discovered the power true power of laughter after I left Jehovah’s Witnesses.
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Jehovah’s Witnesses are opposed to Yoga considering it a Demonic practice. Because of this, I’ve always view Yoga and similar practices with skepticism. In early 2018 I watched the entire course on Yoga from “The great courses” which can also be purchased on DVD and found on Amazon. After watching I had an entirely new perspective on Yoga.
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The subject of my honors research is Learned Helplessness. This is a subject that is of interest to Jehovah’s Witnesses, active and former, because they too may experience Learned Helplessness. Let’s discuss what helplessness is and why it might be affecting you.
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In 2018 I went to a psych fair at school and there was a table there for their school psychology fair. Now initially I thought that school psychology meant being a guidance counselor. This is a common misconception. School psychologists might engage in therapy with students and more commonly they screen children for Special Education. They likely also administer various tests.
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So let me tell you a story about learning about myself post fundamentalism. This story involves a former coworker I will call Kathy. Let me say that Kathy was a competent worker and generally, I did not have a problem working with Kathy. However… there were a few, shall we say, incidents involving Kathy that helped me learn about myself. I’m going to talk about one of them here.
Continue reading Learning To Not Be Passive Anymore
Many former members of the Jehovah’s Witness faith report having nightmares after leaving. I’ve had a few nightmares myself.
Continue reading The dark fog nightmare
There is a theory by Howard Gardner that described 9 basic types of intelligence.
The 9 types are:
Naturalist, Musical,Mathematical, Existential, Interpersonal, kinesthetic, Linguisti, Intra-personal, and Spatial.
You can google it and find a test to find out which type you are. I score highest in Existential followed by Naturalist, and Intra-personal. My lowest are inter-personal and kinesthetic.
I have mixed feeling about intelligence and personality tests. In part because sometimes people treat them like astrological signs. Ew. However I also like them because I feel like they help bring attention to some of your potential strengths and weaknesses.
I can say for sure I have an affinity for thinking about existential things aswell as being drawn to natural things. In the past I felt very confused about who I was and what I liked as far as my clothing, home setting, or even just general interests. Now I’m fairly certain that if ever I’m not sure I should go with something natural as that tends to be me most pleasing to me whatever it is.
What is your intelligence type? Do you agree with the test results?