I grew up in a cult. It was heaven -- and hell. I Am Not A Monster: Schizophrenia | Cecilia McGough 1 day ago   20:06

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Lilia Tarawa was brought up in the Gloriavale Christian Community on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, where she was constantly surrounded by everyone she loved. But over time, she began to see the dark side of her community, and ultimately realised that she had to get out. In this raw and emotional talk, Lilia shares the reality of life in a cult, and her heart-wrenching journey to break free.

Lilia Tarawa is a New Zealand writer, speaker, holistic health consultant and business coach. She is a member of the Māori Ngāi Tahu tribe. Lilia was born into New Zealand's infamous religious cult, Gloriavale, and fled with her eleven family members at eighteen years of age. Her extraordinary life experience compelled her to pursue a career promoting human rights, welfare and empowerment. Lilia Tarawa is a New Zealand writer, speaker, holistic health consultant and business coach. She is a member of the Māori Ngāi Tahu tribe. Lilia was born into New Zealand's infamous religious cult, Gloriavale, and fled with her eleven family members at eighteen years of age. Her extraordinary life experience compelled her to pursue a career promoting human rights, welfare and empowerment. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
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Matt Braun
Sounds like an Amish colony
Donut -Toast
god she's standing so tall and proud, what an inspiration
Yoshi Akiyama
I love her and I’m so proud of her
Mikey daniel
weak human beings if the only way they can hold on to their people by scare mungering just weak!
Hex Op
Prayers to all those killed in Christ Church by the lunatic.
Davina Holland
To all the people trying to distance their religion from this...
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A religion is just a socially acceptable cult.
j v
This is the best ted talk ever. This has been my ted talk
DatNastySalad !
Im sorry but at 3:15 I don't here 'deck' of cards....
I crave for yuri
2:01 they dropped *lolis* UwU i want a loli
ProfessorGoat473
Every single E was different
Twigpalm -
God damn. For having leadership skills. For not being a sheep. They emotionally abused her because she had willpower to lead people.
GuySki
so shes a anti christian because someone beat their son in front of a class






HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM
Elizabeth Moore
thank you lilia for sharing your story
Mushy
hydroslide = water slide
Vania Viola
Am I the only one who hates the accent and needs the caption to understand?
Joy Maganga
A grown man must be truly insecure to get scared of a tiny 6 year old girl? Yep! Her grandad knew she was going to lead a coup de'tat in the cult and shred everything to pieces. Lol. Its like King Herod being scared of the tiny baby Jesus.
YoungStar020
This girl just don't know this is the lifestyle of at least 80% of the kids in America... outside of the arranged marriages why TF is this even a thing?
BikerBenny
18:19 I dont get that last line?
Very Random Stuff
*calls FBI*
Jared Brusseau
14:21 - To the woman in the bottom right corner offering a tissue. You're what's right with the world. One small act of compassion.
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I Am Not A Monster: Schizophrenia | Cecilia McGough I grew up in a cult. It was heaven -- and hell. 1 day ago   14:41

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Cecilia McGough puts a face to schizophrenia and helps empower college students through the upcoming non-profit Students With Schizophrenia.
Students With Schizophrenia: http://sites.psu.edu/studentswithschizophrenia/
I Am Not A Monster: SCHIZOPHRENIA: http://sites.psu.edu/ceciliamcgough/

Cecilia McGough is an astronomer, activist, and writer as a Penn State Schreyer Honors College scholar pursuing a major in Astronomy & Astrophysics. Cecilia is the founder and current president of the Penn State Pulsar Search Collaboratory. She has been participating in pulsar research continuously since December of 2009, co-discovering pulsar J1930-1852 with the widest orbit ever observed around another neutron star, competing in the International Space Olympics held in Russia, and co-authoring her research in the Astrophysics Journal. Cecilia is a mental health activist in fighting against the negative stigma towards mental illness. She is the founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of the soon to launch non-profit Students With Schizophrenia which is the only non-profit in the United States focused on empowering college students with schizophrenia.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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