Coming up on the next episode of Generation Cult:
While the format of the podcast typically focuses on one or two people sharing their stories about growing up in a cult, this episode is going to be a bit different. We’re going to chat with family therapist and cult specialist Rachel Bernstein, who has spent more than 25 years counseling people who grew up in cults. She’ll tell us about common struggles these people face when trying to get on with their lives, and where anyone seeking resources can go to get help.
While we love good stories about people’s personal experiences, it’s important to pause for a moment to get some input from a professional who has collected knowledge from their work and research.
“When you are raised in closed environments like this, you are made to feel very often like this is the only place where you are going to be safe, this is the only place where you will be with people who have answers, this is the only place where you are going to be with people of such a high caliber or who speak this language,” Rachel said. “So you can often feel like it’s probably better for you to stay here for life. That’s why there’s so much inner turmoil when people realize that they do have to go – because they have to fight against that feeling. … You can very often be confused about what’s right and what’s wrong and what’s real and what’s not. ”
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