How Does Coercive Psychological Persuasion Differ from Other Kinds of Influence?

Coercive psychological systems are distinguished from benign social learning or peaceful persuasion by the specific conditions under which they are conducted. Coercive force is traditionally visualized in physical terms. In this form it is easily definable, clear-cut and unambiguous. Coercive psychological force unfortunately has not been easy to see or define. The law has allowed that coercion need not involve physical force. It has recognized that an individual can be threatened and coerced psychologically by what he or she perceives to be dangerous, not necessarily by that which is dangerous.

The law has recognized that even the threatened action need not be physical. Threats of economic loss, social ostracism, and ridicule are all recognized by law, in varying contexts, as coercive psychological forces. Why Are Coercive Psychological Systems Harmful?

Coercive psychological systems violate our most fundamental concepts of basic human rights. They violate rights of individuals that are guaranteed by many declarations of principle worldwide. Victims become confused, intimidated and silenced by actions accepted as harmful, such as uncompromising influence, involuntary servitude, and infliction of emotional distress. The victim becomes compliant and brainwashed.

Revised from Dr. Margaret Singer, Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley

What is the impact of ASD deficits in a neurotypical/autism spectrum relationship?

  • Social and emotional isolation

  • Induced emotional exhaustion

  • Monopolization of perceptions

  • Reinterpretation of reality

  • Degradation, including humiliation, denial of the victim’s power, and name-calling

  • Altered states of consciousness

  • The powerful intermittent reward schedule: Occasional indulgences that keep hope alive that the abuse will cease.

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