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Our new digital Religious Trauma Workbook and printable companion worksheets are for survivors and those supporting them to learn about religious trauma, process adverse religious experiences and find healing through self-reflection.
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Great question, and an excellent place to start.
We define deconstruction as the process of systematically pulling apart and evaluating the individual concepts of your belief system to determine if they are congruent with your core values and beliefs. Put simply: it's determining if your belief system aligns with your personal beliefs.
For many, the journey starts with identifying those personal beliefs and values. Many religions, sometimes inadvertently, discourage curiosity and identity development independent of their specific doctrinal culture. They promote unification in thought and behavior, which can prevent some members of the religion from developing an internal sense of who they are and what they believe.
It's important to note that even though someone has not had the opportunity to develop or examine their personal belief system, it does not mean that their personal belief system will necessarily differ from the belief system of the organized religion they're a part of.
You may see articles or organizations separate the process into "construction," "deconstruction," and "reconstruction." Breaking it up into stages definitely has its merits, but we believe they're all parts of the whole and simply use "deconstruction" to cover all three stages.
Book deconstructing coaching appointments with Anna Clark-Miller where you can focus on identifying personal values, break down belief systems into individual concepts, and find congruence between your values and beliefs.