Exploitative Techniques

Manipulation at its Best (or Worst)

Few groups manipulate their members to act against their own best interests more effectively than the Watchtower Society. A case in point would be the irrational policies on blood established for Jehovah's Witnesses to [...]

Nothing but PRAISE for Educated

USA Today praises it, saying, “Educated is a heartbreaking, heartwarming, best-in-years memoir about striding beyond the limitations of birth and environment into a better life…. Four stars out of four.” The Atlantic reports, “(This) one [...]

Cognitive Dissonance, Revisited

Cognitive dissonance is perhaps the most fundamental concept for an understanding of undue influence and coercive control. Every now and then, a great genius lights up the world and creates a new perspective. Leon Festinger [...]

The long history of undue influence

Undue influence has been recognized in law for more than 500 years. It is a legitimate legal concept to provide remedy for the victims of swindlers. The law of undue influence was framed because of [...]

When the Alarm Sounds

Imagine you are at work. You are sitting at your desk, engrossed in a task. Suddenly the fire alarm goes off. What would you do? Most of us reading this probably think we’d immediately get [...]

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