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I just want to say regarding the quoted tweet that I've read the replies and thought about the criticisms. While most responders seem to agree with my overall take, "happiness" is a complex thing to define, and I want to be careful not to speak over or for others.
The problems with self-reported data are well known among social scientists, and cognitive dissonance is a very real issue, but it's important to be nuanced. As for me, I'm an #Exvangelical with two parents who work in ministry. I did live the pressure to project happiness.
Fwiw and while YMMV, I'm pretty sure the pervasive evangelical pressure to project happiness or joy falls disproportionately on women, kids (probably above all those being homeschooled but not exclusively), and people who have family members in ministry. #Exvangelical
It seems to also be generally applied in any sort of evangelical group or institutional context in which one may encounter "lost" people in "the world," and one is told to be careful of one's "witness." This authoritarian concern with image over people facilitates abuse.
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