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The Introduction of Phobias and Other Development Traits in the Jehovah Witness Child

This article was written by Randall Watters.

Mr. Watters is a former Watch Tower Headquarters Staff Member and as such knows what he is talking about regarding the Watch Tower Bible And Tract Society Of

The Introduction Of Phobias (Deep Rooted Fears) And Other Development Traits In The Jehovah Witness Child.

Parents obviously have a very powerful influence on their children. Even when they are abusive and insensitive towards their offspring, children still desire whatever vestige of love and approval they can get from their parents, and will often be obedient just to receive attention and care. Understanding this dynamic helps to explain how children growing up in the Watch Tower may be so heavily influenced by the need for approval that they are willing togive up whatever goals or aspirations they may have in order to please their parents, even long after they leave home and/or get married.

In order for the indoctrination to be lasting and effective, PHOBIAS (deep-rooted fears) must be introduced to the child in order to “scare” them away from a course contrary to Watch Tower idealology, and the organization is very adept at planting and nuturing these phobias. As in the case of the elder in Korea with the four children (mentioned previously in our first article), the fear may be the threat of being cut off financially as well as losing dad’s approval, but it also comes directly from the pages of THE WATCHTOWER in the form of warnings about being in the very last days, and how Jehovah will not look with approval upon those who “squander their time and energies” in non-Kingdom interests. Jehovah thus becomes the all powerful parent who, even if the child’s real parents may not be too concerned, will himself cut the child off from his favour and possibility even eternal life. A powerful motovation indeed!

A Phobic World View

The first step that the Watch Tower takes in their indoctrination of their followers is to develop the concept of the “universal war” that all people are inevitably caught up in, namely, that Satan has declared war on Jehovah, and we are automatically on one side or the other; there are no fence-sitters. If you are not doing all that the organization asks, you are on the side of the devil. Everything outside of the Watch Tower is controlled by the devil, and all persons who are not Witnesses are misled by the devil and are bad or dangerous to associate with. An unbalanced fear of the supernatural is encouraged. Witness children are told to avoid “worldly” magazines, movies, TV shows, music, etc. Any information critical of the Watch Tower is automatically evil and dangerous. Most doctors are evil for wanting to administer blood transfusions. Children have nightmares about mom or dad having to refuse a blood transfusion. Everything is made to appear as part of a large conspiracy to destroy Jehovah’s Witnesses. Satan is feared totally out of proportion to the role as represented in the Bible.

What is the end result? The child learns to fear life itself, at least outside of the Watch Tower, so that if he/she were to ever leave the organization, the devil would destroy him/her and he/she would become miserable and suicidal. I personally knew several members of the Watch Tower’s Bethel family at their headquarters in New York who knew the organization was wrong, but could not leave due to fear that they were incapable of getting a job, or that their lives would disintegrate. They were the victims of carefully planted PHOBIAS.

Many of these phobias are rather obvious to outsiders. Simple, harmless things are blown out of proportion in order to keep Witnesses secluded from the real world. For instance: Birthdays are evil because someone is being worshipped. Christmas is evil because thousands of years ago someone worshipped the sun on December 25th. Saluting the flag is worshipping your country and a sign that you belong to Satan’s kingdom rather than God’s Kingdom.

Saying “darn” or “geez” is the same as cursing.

Smoking cigarettes is a form of drug abuse that can lead to demonic control. Little wonder that Witness youths are so paranoid and shy of the world! Even when they leave the organization, the phobias are still there, controlling their lives until they are recognized and eliminated through counseling and/or self-awareness.

Many of our readers were raised Jehovah’s Witnesses and still remain VICTIMS of multiple phobia implantations. Many struggle with low self-esteem and self-worth, since the Watch Tower impants and perpetuates such problems.


What follows is additional material prepared by : Vince Banial

The following is a list of books which could be of help when dealing with individuals who suffer from PHOBIAS and from phobia induced ANXIETY.

TOXIC FAITH by Stephen Arterburn and Jack Felton

COMBATTING CULT MIND CONTROL by Steven Hassan

DON’T PANIC - Taking Control Of Anxiety Attacks by R. Reid Wilson, Ph.D.

FEEL THE FEAR AND DO IT ANYWAY by Susan Jeffers, Ph.D.

NEGAHOLICS - Recover From Your Addiction To Negativity And Turn Your Life Around by Cherie Carter-Scott

BANISHED KNOWLEDGE - Facing Childhood Injuries by Alice Miller

ADULT CHILDREN OF ABUSIVE PARENTS - A Healing Program For Those Who Have Been Physically, Sexually or Emotionally Abused by Steven Farmer - Director of the Center for Adult Children of Abusive Parents

TOXIC PARENTS - Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy And Reclaiming Your Life by Dr. Susan Forward

HEALING THE SHAME THAT BINDS YOU by John Bradshaw

TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR LIFE - How Not To Be A Victim by Louis Proto

Those who feel that they suffer from PHOBIAS, I state that they should seek out professional help. Look for individuals and or groups who have experience in dealing with phobias and related anxiety disorder problems. The above list of books is by no means exhaustive. Please visit your local bookstore and ask for books about phobias. The above books can be of help, as I’m sure that there are other books which too would be helpful.

There is also a wonderful book written by a former Jehovah’s Witness. Not just any JW, this fellow was a member of their ruling body called the GOVERNING BODY. I am speaking of Mr. Raymond Franz, nephew to the present Watch Tower President Mr.Fred Franz. If Mr Raymond Franz had NOT had his crisis of conscience (which by the way is also the title of his book CRISIS OF CONSCIENCE) he would likely have become the NEXT WATCH TOWER PRESIDENT, after the present President Mr. Fred Franz passed away. The book is well worth reading :

CRISIS OF CONSCIENCE - The Struggle Between Loyalty To God And Loyalty To One’s Religion by Raymond Franz, former member of the GOVERNING BODY of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Mr. Randall Watters runs an outreach where he provides factual material about the Watch Tower. He also publishes a wonderful newsletter. You can write to him at:

P.O. Box 3818
Manhattan Beach,
CA 90266

Ask him to send you samples of their newletter. When you call or write, could I ask that you mention that you were referred by Vince Banial. I get nothing out of it. I just want to let Randall know that Vince in Toronto continues with support of Randall’s efforts. Randall also carries books about the many facets of the Watch Tower. Most of the material contains photo-reproductions of actual Watch Tower publication pages. With such proof you can show a visiting Jehovah’s Witness actual Watch Tower statements.


Please share the info found in these issues of AWAKEN with other members of the faith to which you belong. Consider using this info within publications issued to members of your faith. One example is to use this info within Church bulletins. People need to become informed about the Watchtower and it’s teachings. Why? Jehovah’s Witnesses go door to door preaching whatever the Watchtower has told them to preach. They are trained weekly to respond to any and all objections to their preaching. They are told by the Watchtower that the Watchtower is the only TRUTH and that the Watchtower is the only TRUE religion. They are told by the Watchtower that all other faiths, teach false teachings because all other faiths are agents of SATAN. They have no qualms attacking any and all aspects your belief system, when they come on their un asked-for visits. They are trained to SELL you on the Watchtower’s teachings, just as they themselves had been SOLD.

By becoming informed about the Jehovah’s Witnesses, one will be better prepared to decide whether one should get invloved with this group.

Copyright (c) 1991 by Vince Banial
Toronto Ontario Canada.

This material cannot be incorporated into any book without the empress and written permission of Vince Banial. This file may be freely uploaded to any BBS, as long as it remains unchanged.