Blog: Critical Q&A 73 - 2016-09-04

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F0.png Critical Q&A #73 September 4, 2016, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large

The weekly show where I answer your questions based on what you wrote in the comment section of my Q&A videos or have sent to me by email at AskChrisShelton@gmail.com. This week, the questions I take up are:

(1) Hi Chris – Love your channel! Question: I was involved in an Muslim cult when I was in my college and university days. The cult was actually very similar to Scientology. I've never really fully 'recovered' as such. I've encountered many problems in my life but one problem really troubles me: dwelling on the past. I often in my mind obsessively debate scenarios from the past, I imagine myself yelling and refuting the cult I was with, embarrassing them the way they embarrassed me, making their leaders feel stupid etc. All of these are scenarios I ruminate on. I often debate them on social media and I get very obessesive on chasing and confronting them. This despite the fact that the cult has died down over the years and has few members left. Yet still, I rehash arguments and refutations against them in my mind, in the off chance I meet them on the streets and show them that I'm now in the know and can take them on easily.

Why am I like this? Is this something that ex-cult members face? Would you say that this is a form of OCD?