I’ve recently told my Jehovahs Witness parents that I don’t believe in god and my dad is depressed and my parents feel like failures I don’t know what to do. I feel like its my fault but I would’ve had to tell them sooner or later right ? Please help me I’ve tried being a Jehovah’s Witness before but I don’t believe In any form of a god and I don’t want to hurt people.
I admire your honesty in explaining to your parents your true feelings. They should too. At the core of any communication is the degree to which people are honest with each other and establishing trust. The fact that you are being clear, direct, and honest with them means that you have embraced the most essential element in human relationships.
I would keep the dialogue going. Your parents will have to cope with their own feelings but should take solace in the fact that you are not living a lie. Don’t compromise your honesty just to make them feel better. That would not serve them, you, or your spiritual growth.
Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: http://www.dare2behappy.com/. He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.
APA Reference Tomasulo, D. (2018). My Parents and I Disagree. Psych Central.
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