Blog: (VIDEO) Critical Q&A 25 - 2015-10-04

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F0.png (VIDEO) Critical Q&A #25 October 4, 2015, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large

The weekly show where I answer questions from viewers left in the comments section of my Q&A videos or sent to me by email at This week, the questions I answer are:

(1) You seem to have recovered so well and so quickly compared to the many ex-Jehovah's Witnesses I know who were in the cult for a similar amount of years (including myself). That's all the more surprising considering that Scientology seems to do a much greater mindf@@k on the followers than even the JWs, but of course, there's no good or healthy cult. What has been most helpful to you in your own recovery and what would you recommend to new cult escapees?

(2) I am a retired psychiatric nurse practitioner who has become fascinated by Scientology and its mind control methods. Fifteen years ago I was teaching Psychiatric Nursing at a state university and had two young men in my class. They kept to themselves, did not mingle with the other students, and seemed uncomfortable with the class material as well as the clinical experience in my Psychiatric Nursing course. After the final exam, they told me their beliefs about psychiatry, which were, of course, shocking to me. They confessed that they thought all psychiatrists were evil and were intentionally trying to harm people.They asked me if I had ever heard of Scientology and invited me to their "church." I politely declined, and as they were walking away, they turned and said, "Oh, she's just a wog." At the time, I had no idea what that word meant. Do you know if Scientology in the past has actually sent some of its parishioners or Sea Org members to universities to become nurses? This is a chilling thought, as I do not think that the philosophy or practice of nursing would be compatible with the belief system and practices of the cult of Scientology.