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Religious trauma is the deep emotional and mental pain that comes from hurtful or damaging experiences within religious or spiritual environments. It often stems from continuous spiritual abuse. It can leave scars on a person's soul, leading to feelings of fear, guilt, and even a struggle with one's faith. It's like a storm that shakes the foundation of your beliefs and leaves you questioning everything.
Religious Trauma Syndrome refers to the psychological and emotional distress that can arise as a consequence of religious trauma or spiritual abuse. The term was a term coined by Marlene Winell in 2011. Although not included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, this term has been increasingly recognized and acknowledged. Studies have shown that around one-third (27‒33%) of U.S. adults have experienced religious trauma at some point in their life.
Healing from religious trauma involves unearthing and confronting the harmful beliefs that once confined you, while embracing a newfound freedom to explore your own spirituality and beliefs that resonate with your authentic self.
Seek supportive communities, challenge old dogmas, and nurture a compassionate relationship with yourself as you embark on this transformative journey.
In this blog post, I unpack more on how to heal from religious trauma and spiritual abuse.
You can heal yourself.
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