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It seems far more likely that, rather than disfellowshipping being a cause, it was just one more symptom of someone with serious problems.
In their book "The Orwellian World of Jehovah's Witnesses" (University of Toronto Press, 1984), former Witnesses Heather and Gary Botting call the group's disfellowshipping "a form of social and spiritual ostracism, the effects of which are legendary.
For Witnesses, disfellowshipping is the most severe of a range of disciplines intended to correct behavior at variance with scripture, national spokesman J.