he that is trusting in his own heart is stupid

Being a Jehovah’s Witness is not necessarily conducive to good mental health. I can illustrate why, because I got nostalgic and ordered the original 1989 edition of a book from my childhood.  Today’s youths have a newer edition:

Young People Ask

With the end of the world right around the corner, today’s youths face important questions.

lonely saturday night

terrible parents

trouble making friends

could it be major depression?

I love the use of second person in the major depression checklist. It’s as if the the “answers that work” mostly work at trying to break the spirits of children:

Another way to fight the blues is to set realistic goals for yourself. You don’t have to be top in your school class to be successful (Ecclesiastes 7:16-18). Accept the fact that disappointments are a part of life. When these occur, rather than feel, “No one cares what happens to me and no one ever will,” tell yourself “I’ll get over it.” And there’s nothing wrong with having a good cry.


suicidal failure

They even quote BF Skinner out of context to remind you that the future is bleak:

BF Skinner is pessimistic

The advice about bullying was confusing because skateboarders were my friends:

no laughing matter

halting harassment

They don’t take responsibility for their own role in telling children to antagonize everybody:

friendship with the world is enmity with god

This could be considered invalidating:


There is hope!

clinging for support


Becoming a Jehovah’s Witness will solve all your problems.

identifying yourself

You’ll need your new social skills in field service.

be sociable