Coercion & Coercive Control:
Glossary of key terms
Enforcement or advocacy of strict obedience to authority at the expense of personal freedom.
LIFTON'S EIGHT CRITERIA FOR THOUGHT REFORM
Robert Jay Lifton developed these criteria to identify the actions of coercive groups using manipulative techniques to gain total control over a person. His list can be used to measure the level of coercion in groups, relationships, families, and even in whole countries.
Refers to a person’s sense of self-determination, being able to make choices regarding the direction of her/his own actions, including the freedom to pursue those choices, and it requires the absence of restraining forces that can limit this natural tendency.
An error/flaw in reasoning that renders an argument invalid; an argument in which a conclusion doesn’t follow logically from what preceded it.
Three useful logical fallacies:
- Ad hominem: An argument where a person is attacked and not the content of their point of view;
- Strawman: Misrepresenting someone’s argument and then attacking the distorted argument;
- Slippery slope: A slippery slope argument is when someone asserts that a relatively small first step leads to a chain of related events culminating in some significant effect.
Undue influence is the recognized legal term for influence by which a person is induced to act otherwise than by their own free will or without adequate attention to the consequences.