Growing up in Scientology, and growing together outside of it: An appeal - 2018-10-16
I wanted to open up a bit more about my experiences since leaving Scientology, and adjustments, some rather large adjustments, I've had to make. I hope this hits a note with other second and third generation Scientologists, and helps others better understand us.
I grew up in Scientology and spent many years working in the Sea Org and experiencing its deprivations before breaking free. There are many aspects to adjusting to life outside of Scientology. And for those born and raised in it, adapting to the outside world can take decades. For the majority, the struggle is always there.
When you grow up in Scientology, it's the only culture you're familiar with. You miss the normal stages of growing up, and some end up with deep feelings of shame, guilt, isolation, doubt, and confusion when you leave.