Blog: Damn I'm Good! - 2014-09-15

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F0.png Damn I'm Good! September 15, 2014, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large

Admiration and the Scientology Mindset

After coming out of a cult experience like Scientology, I've seen a lot of former members try to make sense of the experience. I've been doing a lot of thinking and learning in the past year since I've been out, trying to undo the psychological damage that being in a cult for 27 years does to you. I'm not even close to being in a place where I can say I have it all figured out but I think it's good to take note when one hits certain milestones and I believe this is one of those. None of what I'm saying here in this article (or in any of my public writings) are an attempt to demean or insult current or former Scientologists.

I don't imagine my experience is so different than ex-members of any other cult or religious fundamentalist group either. Life in the real world is quite different from the bubble world that all mass movements create for themselves. Scientology's founder, L. Ron Hubbard, preached that reality is agreement, and there is a certain degree of truth there, in that people in any group certainly agree to see things a certain way and actively block out anything that opposes "their reality."