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date: 29 February 2020

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This chapter explores the personal change from “religious” to “secular” and reasons why that change is such a significant paradigm shift for some people. It considers the lingering effects of religious indoctrination and the healing from trauma that it can require. A developmental perspective is applied to understand the arrested human development that occurs within a constricting religion and the stages people move toward upon leaving it. The chapter then employs a cross-cultural lens to examine cultural adaptation that can involve culture shock as people interact with an increasingly secular world. Finally, it examines aspects of healing and personal growth important to becoming secular.

Keywords: deconversion, conservative religion, culture shock, religious trauma

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