56. Spiritually Abusive Messages (Trauma Trials)

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In this episode of Mental Podcast Michelle Collins and Seth Showalter continue their discussion on Religious Trauma Syndrome as part of the Trauma Trials Series To refresh Religious Trauma Syndrome RTS is a group of symptoms that arise in response to traumatic or stressful religious experiences RTS is not an official diagnosis in the DMS-5 however it is a common experience of those involved in fundamentalist religious groups cults or abusive religious settings In their mental minutes Michelle admits to being sassy Michelle accuses Seth of being annoying and Seth accuses Michelle of yelling at him All in good fun Michelle acknowledges that depression has been lurking and describes a feeling of impending doom Seth details a weekend at home where he was able to visit family The plan was to engage in the True False Film Festival but plans changed For this week s subject matter Michelle and Seth discuss spiritually abusive messages Seth begins the discussion by clarifying the distinction between bashing religion versus addressing traumatic experiences caused by religious institutions and culture Not all churches are abusive nor Christians bad people Don t get it twisted However there are abusive situations centered around religious including Christianity and people do get hurt That is what we are speaking about To address the topic of abusive situations Michelle and Seth review spiritually abusive messages that are a common pattern of commentary that over time lead to trauma A sample of abusive statements covered include Don t question the anointed Don t question and Don t trust yourself or your instincts Trust me I m the spiritual smart one Many others are reviewed For this week s lived experience Michelle and Seth sit down with prolific author and podcaster Matthew Distefano Matthew s books can be found at allsetfree com Such books include but are not limited to Heretic From the Blood of Abel and the Bonfire Sessions Matthew is also one of the hosts of the Heretic Happy Hour Podcast To illustrate the power of abusive messages Matthew shares how his wife s family has responded to coming out as bisexual Matthew is married is remaining married and is not polyamorous Nothing is changing in the bedroom He is simply standing up and taking pride in his true identity which is wife is on board with However the response of his wife s family has caused grief In fact he s been accused of having affairs and his wife s family have cut ties essentially ex-communicating them His wife s family s actions are likely rooted in religious messaging that are so strong they re willing to remove their daughter and granddaughter and son in law due to fear and lack of understanding Religion can certainly complicate things For more information about Mental Podcast check out the website at mental-podcast com Support this podcast at https redcircle com mental-podcast exclusive-content Advertising Inquiries https redcircle com brands Privacy Opt-Out https redcircle com privacyClick here to visit this podcast episode