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StarBorn88
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I've always had an amateur interest in human psychology, and I found myself looking up psychological warfare tactics online last night.

This stuff is important to know in order to recognize when it is being done to us.

If we know the tactics and our own weak spots, we can protect ourselves from outside manipulation.

I'll post some highlights to this article on psych warfare that I found.

From the article:

"According to Simon

Simon identified the following manipulative techniques:

Lying: It is hard to tell if somebody is lying at the time they do it although often the truth may be apparent later when it is too late. One way to minimize the chances of being lied to is to understand that some personality types (particularly psychopaths) are experts at the art of lying and cheating, doing it frequently, and often in subtle ways.

Lying by omission: This is a very subtle form of lying by withholding a significant amount of the truth. This technique is also used in propaganda.

Denial: Manipulator refuses to admit that he or she has done something wrong.

Rationalization: An excuse made by the manipulator for inappropriate behavior. Rationalization is closely related to spin.

Minimization: This is a type of denial coupled with rationalization. The manipulator asserts that his or her behavior is not as harmful or irresponsible as someone else was suggesting, for example saying that a taunt or insult was only a joke.

Selective inattention or selective attention: Manipulator refuses to pay attention to anything that may distract from his or her agenda, saying things like “I don’t want to hear it”.

Diversion: Manipulator not giving a straight answer to a straight question and instead being diversionary, steering the conversation onto another topic.

Evasion: Similar to diversion but giving irrelevant, rambling, vague responses, weasel words.

Covert intimidation: Manipulator throwing the victim onto the defensive by using veiled (subtle, indirect or implied) threats.

Guilt tripping: A special kind of intimidation tactic. A manipulator suggests to the conscientious victim that he or she does not care enough, is too selfish or has it easy. This usually results in the victim feeling bad, keeping them in a self-doubting, anxious and submissive position.

Shaming: Manipulator uses sarcasm and put-downs to increase fear and self-doubt in the victim. Manipulators use this tactic to make others feel unworthy and therefore defer to them. Shaming tactics can be very subtle such as a fierce look or glance, unpleasant tone of voice, rhetorical comments, subtle sarcasm. Manipulators can make one feel ashamed for even daring to challenge them. It is an effective way to foster a sense of inadequacy in the victim.

Playing the victim role (“poor me”): Manipulator portrays him- or herself as a victim of circumstance or of someone else’s behavior in order to gain pity, sympathy or evoke compassion and thereby get something from another. Caring and conscientious people cannot stand to see anyone suffering and the manipulator often finds it easy to play on sympathy to get cooperation.

Vilifying the victim: More than any other, this tactic is a powerful means of putting the victim on the defensive while simultaneously masking the aggressive intent of the manipulator.

Playing the servant role: Cloaking a self-serving agenda in guise of a service to a more noble cause, for example saying he is acting in a certain way for “obedience” and “service” to God or a similar authority figure.

Seduction: Manipulator uses charm, praise, flattery or overtly supporting others in order to get them to lower their defenses and give their trust and loyalty to him or her.

Projecting the blame (blaming others): Manipulator scapegoats in often subtle, hard to detect ways.

Feigning innocence: Manipulator tries to suggest that any harm done was unintentional or did not do something that they were accused of. Manipulator may put on a look of surprise or indignation. This tactic makes the victim question his or her own judgment and possibly his own sanity.

Feigning confusion: Manipulator tries to play dumb by pretending he or she does not know what you are talking about or is confused about an important issue brought to his attention.

Brandishing anger: Manipulator uses anger to brandish sufficient emotional intensity and rage to shock the victim into submission. The manipulator is not actually angry, he or she just puts on an act. He just wants what he wants and gets “angry” when denied.

VULNERABILITIES EXPLOITED BY MANIPULATORS

According to Braiker manipulators exploit the following vulnerabilities (buttons) that may exist in victims:
•the “disease to please”
•addiction to earning the approval and acceptance of others
•Emotophobia (fear of negative emotion)
•lack of assertiveness and ability to say no
•blurry sense of identity (with soft personal boundaries)
•low self-reliance
•external locus of control



According to Simon manipulators exploit the following vulnerabilities that may exist in victims:


•naïveté – victim finds it too hard to accept the idea that some people are cunning, devious and ruthless or is “in denial” if he or she is being victimized
•over-conscientiousness – victim is too willing to give manipulator the benefit of the doubt and see their side of things in which they blame the victim
•low self-confidence – victim is self-doubting, lacking in confidence and assertiveness, likely to go on the defensive too easily.
•over-intellectualization – victim tries too hard to understand and believes the manipulator has some understandable reason to be hurtful.
•emotional dependency – victim has a submissive or dependent personality. The more emotionally dependent the victim is, the more vulnerable he or she is to being exploited and manipulated. "

Read more here: [link to geeldon.wordpress.com (secure)]
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Thanks Starborn, will check it out...
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Thanks Starborn, will check it out...
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Here's another interesting link.

[link to www.psychologicalharassment.com]

There's way too much to post excerpts.
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Ahh yes I've dealt with and reverse engineered, so to speak, most of these tactics and a certain "when in rome" theme comes to mind whenever I must employ them... anyway, fascinating stuff.
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Thanks OP you just described every man, woman and child on the planet.
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I've always had an amateur interest in human psychology, and I found myself looking up psychological warfare tactics online last night.

This stuff is important to know in order to recognize when it is being done to us.

If we know the tactics and our own weak spots, we can protect ourselves from outside manipulation.

I'll post some highlights to this article on psych warfare that I found.

From the article:

"According to Simon

Simon identified the following manipulative techniques:

Lying: It is hard to tell if somebody is lying at the time they do it although often the truth may be apparent later when it is too late. One way to minimize the chances of being lied to is to understand that some personality types (particularly psychopaths) are experts at the art of lying and cheating, doing it frequently, and often in subtle ways.

Lying by omission: This is a very subtle form of lying by withholding a significant amount of the truth. This technique is also used in propaganda.

Denial: Manipulator refuses to admit that he or she has done something wrong.

Rationalization: An excuse made by the manipulator for inappropriate behavior. Rationalization is closely related to spin.

Minimization: This is a type of denial coupled with rationalization. The manipulator asserts that his or her behavior is not as harmful or irresponsible as someone else was suggesting, for example saying that a taunt or insult was only a joke.

Selective inattention or selective attention: Manipulator refuses to pay attention to anything that may distract from his or her agenda, saying things like “I don’t want to hear it”.

Diversion: Manipulator not giving a straight answer to a straight question and instead being diversionary, steering the conversation onto another topic.

Evasion: Similar to diversion but giving irrelevant, rambling, vague responses, weasel words.

Covert intimidation: Manipulator throwing the victim onto the defensive by using veiled (subtle, indirect or implied) threats.

Guilt tripping: A special kind of intimidation tactic. A manipulator suggests to the conscientious victim that he or she does not care enough, is too selfish or has it easy. This usually results in the victim feeling bad, keeping them in a self-doubting, anxious and submissive position.

Shaming: Manipulator uses sarcasm and put-downs to increase fear and self-doubt in the victim. Manipulators use this tactic to make others feel unworthy and therefore defer to them. Shaming tactics can be very subtle such as a fierce look or glance, unpleasant tone of voice, rhetorical comments, subtle sarcasm. Manipulators can make one feel ashamed for even daring to challenge them. It is an effective way to foster a sense of inadequacy in the victim.

Playing the victim role (“poor me”): Manipulator portrays him- or herself as a victim of circumstance or of someone else’s behavior in order to gain pity, sympathy or evoke compassion and thereby get something from another. Caring and conscientious people cannot stand to see anyone suffering and the manipulator often finds it easy to play on sympathy to get cooperation.

Vilifying the victim: More than any other, this tactic is a powerful means of putting the victim on the defensive while simultaneously masking the aggressive intent of the manipulator.

Playing the servant role: Cloaking a self-serving agenda in guise of a service to a more noble cause, for example saying he is acting in a certain way for “obedience” and “service” to God or a similar authority figure.

Seduction: Manipulator uses charm, praise, flattery or overtly supporting others in order to get them to lower their defenses and give their trust and loyalty to him or her.

Projecting the blame (blaming others): Manipulator scapegoats in often subtle, hard to detect ways.

Feigning innocence: Manipulator tries to suggest that any harm done was unintentional or did not do something that they were accused of. Manipulator may put on a look of surprise or indignation. This tactic makes the victim question his or her own judgment and possibly his own sanity.

Feigning confusion: Manipulator tries to play dumb by pretending he or she does not know what you are talking about or is confused about an important issue brought to his attention.

Brandishing anger: Manipulator uses anger to brandish sufficient emotional intensity and rage to shock the victim into submission. The manipulator is not actually angry, he or she just puts on an act. He just wants what he wants and gets “angry” when denied.

VULNERABILITIES EXPLOITED BY MANIPULATORS

According to Braiker manipulators exploit the following vulnerabilities (buttons) that may exist in victims:
•the “disease to please”
•addiction to earning the approval and acceptance of others
•Emotophobia (fear of negative emotion)
•lack of assertiveness and ability to say no
•blurry sense of identity (with soft personal boundaries)
•low self-reliance
•external locus of control



According to Simon manipulators exploit the following vulnerabilities that may exist in victims:


•naïveté – victim finds it too hard to accept the idea that some people are cunning, devious and ruthless or is “in denial” if he or she is being victimized
•over-conscientiousness – victim is too willing to give manipulator the benefit of the doubt and see their side of things in which they blame the victim
•low self-confidence – victim is self-doubting, lacking in confidence and assertiveness, likely to go on the defensive too easily.
•over-intellectualization – victim tries too hard to understand and believes the manipulator has some understandable reason to be hurtful.
•emotional dependency – victim has a submissive or dependent personality. The more emotionally dependent the victim is, the more vulnerable he or she is to being exploited and manipulated. "

Read more here: [link to geeldon.wordpress.com (secure)]
 Quoting: StarBorn88





tl;dr
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Thanks OP you just described every man, woman and child on the planet.
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That's what I was thinking.

Phew, glad I'm not paranoid.
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Thanks OP you just described every man, woman and child on the planet.
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There is a difference between using unconscious defense mechanisms and consciously trying to manipulate someone. However, both do look similar on the outside.

If someone is trying to consciously sway one's opinion they are going to be a lot more consistent...
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Here's another interesting link.
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[link to www.psychologicalharassment.com]

There's way too much to post excerpts.
 Quoting: StarBorn88


Very well produced site.

May be a little over the top, but there's some relevant stuff there to read.
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Knowing that information from the OP is like knowing all of the ingredients to your favorite meal.

The question is ... can you cook? or will what you cook taste good?

another question could be ... if you or your nation was under psychological assault would you recognize it and be able to respond to it?
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Knowing that information from the OP is like knowing all of the ingredients to your favorite meal.

The question is ... can you cook? or will what you cook taste good?

another question could be ... if you or your nation was under psychological assault would you recognize it and be able to respond to it?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 57058893


Good questions... if you have anything to add, please do!

I'm interested in learning more about this stuff and it is obvious to me most people are under some kind of psychological assault. I catch it happening with myself sometimes.
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