Jehovah`s Witness/Incest


Good day sir!

I would like to ask some questions about the occurrence of incestuous relationship especially the first cousin marriages in a particular place.

1. Why is there a tendency for a person to have sexual relationship with his/her relative?
2. Does incestuous relationship affects the emotional development of the couple? How?
3.What are the psychological factors why incestuous relationship happens in a particular place?
4. Why incest becomes prevalent?
5. What roles does Psychology play in the formation of incestuous relationship?
6. What could be the roots on why incestuous relationship happens?
7. What could be the reasons why they choose to be with someone who is a member of their family?
8. What are the consequences that incest couples could have?

Thank you very much.

Hello, Christian.  Thank you for writing.

I honestly am not a psychologist, and am not going to be able to answer all of these questions for you.  This is a category for the topic of discussing Jehovah's Witness doctrine and how it compares with the Bible, and that is generally what I try to stick to doing.  As for topics such as this one that are not related to JW teaching, I am not specialized in discussing the "how" or the "why" of incestuous relationships.

Here in the USA (I see you are from another country), there are currently 20 States that allow marriage between first cousins, with 6 more allowing it under certain circumstances.  Meaning, the other 24 do not allow it.  

I believe, in reading your list of questions, that questions 3-7, are basically the same question, although worded slightly different.

As for the other 3 questions, you ask....

"Why is there a tendency for a person to have sexual relationship with his/her relative?"

I have no idea why such a tendency would exist, and yes, I live in a State where it is legal.  I personally do not care for the idea of marrying a relative.  Never thought about it...never wanted to.  Why anybody would, is a mystery to me.  

"Does incestuous relationship affects the emotional development of the couple? How?"

Again, I am not a psychiatrist, and I am not sure what information in my profile indicated that I am.  But I would imagine that incestuous marriages, would have an emotional effect on the couple.  The stigma associated with it, would likely bring them a sense of shame.  Also, it could have an adverse affect on their relationship with other members of the family who disapprove of the marriage.

"What are the consequences that incest couples could have?"

Well, this is a topic that I have never really been inclined to study in any depth, but what I have read on the subject would indicate that there is a higher incidence of disease in any children born, and also, the higher potential for mental disorders, as well.  Beyond that, there isn't much more I can tell you.

Just curious....How did you decide to pick the JW category, to ask this question, anyway?

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Derrick Holland


I was raised in the religion known as Jehovah`s Witnesses for 13 years. Since becoming a born-again Christian, I have researched extensively this religion, especially their doctrines and their history. I can answer questions about their doctrines from the perspective of Biblical Christianity. To be clear: Jehovahs Witnesses is the religion of my upbringing, though I myself was never baptized into the religion, nor have I ever been considered as a Jehovahs Witness.


29 years of Biblical research into the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith, and how they differ from the teachings of the Watchtower.

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