Religious and cult ideologies often use the practice of shunning to silence their critics and to control their members through fear. This podcast sheds light on this practice through real life stories as told by the people that have lived through it. Learn what their lives were like and where they have ended up in life after shunning. Featuring stories from Jehovah's Witnesses, Scientology, Amish, Mennonite, FLDS, the Moonies, and more, you will learn about the real lives of former members that have been shunned.
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Young Jacob was diagnosed with cancer at just 5 years of age and suddenly found himself in different environments that garnered attention. However, as he would move on throughout his life, Jacob would find himself on the outside looking in, trying to... more
Through gaslighting, one person or one group of people can become the reality check for an individual, whether that person wanted that reality check or not. A person is systematically broken down, detaching from themselves and attaching to the one do... more
Getting baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses is a forever contract with a cult. In Justin’s case, that decision to get dunked in a pool of water was made as a young man, a young man that knew he was gay. Because of that, ultimately he would never b... more
I can’t even begin to say how much this podcast has helped me. I’m an ex JW and the relatability I have found here has been amazing! I hope to tell my story on the podcast one day!
Often tragic, and heart breaking- but more often encouraging. The host does an excellent job bringing out the damage that Jehovah’s Witness shunning policy has on innocent members. The host is compassionate while he allows the guests to freely share their truths some times for the first time. more
What a wonderful way to give voices to the voiceless and resources for those still in. I’ve been binging since I found you!
Michael, thank you so much for such an incredible body of work. It’s an invaluable resource for those who have left. So amazing to share in the stories of others. They are no brave. Perhaps one day I’ll be brave enough… more
I am 19 living in Missouri. (currently pimo but moving in with my “worldly” girlfriend September 1st) I just wanted to say thank you so much for everything. It helps so much hearing stories of other people going through such relatable things! I really appreciated the comment you made in one of your episodes, wherein you said something along the lines of. We have our own culture of ex witnesses specifically and ex cultists in general who are able to build each other up. That is so true. I know th... more
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shunned launched 6 years ago and published 176 episodes to date. You can find more information about this podcast including rankings, audience demographics and engagement in our podcast database.
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