When Religion Hurts You – Healing from Religious Trauma and the Impact of High–Control Religion

By (author) Laura E. Phd Anderson

ISBN13: 9781587435881

Imprint: Brazos Press, Div of Baker Publishing Group

Publisher: Baker Publishing Group


Published: 12/12/2023

Availability: Available

"Anderson strikes a smart, balanced tone. . . . An exemplary guide to an understudied issue."--Publishers Weekly "An exposé of the dangers of high-control religions that makes it easier to recognize and resist religious abuse."--Foreword Reviews Religious trauma is something that happens far more often than most people realize. But religious trauma is trauma. In When Religion Hurts You, Dr. Laura Anderson takes an honest look at a side of religion that few like to talk about. Drawing from her own life and therapy practice, she helps readers understand what religious trauma is and isn't, and how high-control churches can be harmful and abusive, often resulting in trauma. She shows how elements of fundamentalist church life--such as fear of hell, purity culture, corporal punishment, and authoritarian leaders--can cause psychological, relational, physical, and spiritual damage. As she explores the growing phenomenon of religious trauma, Dr. Anderson helps readers embark on a journey of living as healing individuals and finding a new foundation to stand on. Recognizing that healing is a lifelong rather than a linear process, she offers markers of healing for those coming out of painful religious experiences and hope for finding wholeness after religious trauma.
Contents Introduction 1. My Story 2. What Is Religious Trauma? 3. Religious Abuse and Adverse Religious Experiences 4. Nervous System 101 5. Rebuilding Your Identity after the Old One No Longer Fits 6. Engaging in a Relationship with Your Body 7. Stabilizing the Nervous System 8. Boundaries Built on a Foundation of Self-Trust and Self-Compassion 9. Grieving the Life You Once Had 10. Developing a Robust Spectrum of Emotions 11. Reclaiming Sexuality and Pleasure 12. Establishing Healthy Connections and Relationships with Others 13. Integrating the Living Legacy of Trauma Conclusion Appendix: Religious Power and Control Wheel Additional Resources
  • Contemporary non-Christian & para-Christian cults & sects
  • Coping with illness & specific conditions
  • General (US: Trade)
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