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    We are inclined to see psychology as helpful, empathic and warm but there is another side to psychology, and it is called Psych-Ops or Psychological Warfare.

    Our armies train psychologists in the dark arts of psychological warfare, but also companies and government departments use the techniques of psychological warfare against competitors, customers and clients.

    A favourite technique of psychological warfare is to turn the object against themselves.

    So the object of the psychological warfare is provoked to behave rashly, inadvisedly, to break the rules, to put themselves in danger, and to harm themselves.

    In psychological warfare this is called trolling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mole View Post
    We are inclined to see psychology as helpful, empathic and warm but there is another side to psychology, and it is called Psych-Ops or Psychological Warfare.

    Our armies train psychologists in the dark arts of psychological warfare, but also companies and government departments use the techniques of psychological warfare against competitors, customers and clients.

    A favourite technique of psychological warfare is to turn the object against themselves.

    So the object of the psychological warfare is provoked to behave rashly, inadvisedly, to break the rules, to put themselves in danger, and to harm themselves.

    In psychological warfare this is called trolling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mole View Post
    We are inclined to see psychology as helpful, empathic and warm but there is another side to psychology, and it is called Psych-Ops or Psychological Warfare.
    Psychology, like many other areas of knowledge, is a tool. As with other tools, it can be used for good or for ill. The same knife can be a helpful instrument of creativity in the hands of a chef; or a threatening instrument of death in the hands of an assassin. One should be very careful using tools one does not have the training or experience to use properly and safely. We keep knives away from children, after all.
    I've been called a criminal, a terrorist, and a threat to the known universe. But everything you were told is a lie. The truth is, they've taken our freedom, our home, and our future. The time has come for all humanity to take a stand...

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    Gaslighting people is a hilarious and effective pastime.

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    Of course enticing the enemy to harm themselves is age-old.

    Sun Tzu, in his Art of War, an ancient Chinese text, recommends psychological warfare as invisible and effective.

    Psychological warfare has been carried out by the military for millenia, after all, the first casualty of war is truth.

    But on a day to day basis, many of us are enticed to harm ourselves. So I think it is wise to arm ourselve psychologically against psychological warfare. And forewarned is forearmed. Particularly as we are discovering that many of the institutions that we thought had our best interests at heart are waging psychological war against us and getting us to harm ourselves at no cost to themselves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zago View Post
    Gaslighting people is a hilarious and effective pastime.
    Gaslighting is a form of mental abuse in which false information is presented with the intent of making a victim doubt his or her own memory, perception and sanity.

    Those who think gaslighting is funny are the same people who think bullying is funny, and the same people who think insults are funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mole View Post
    Gaslighting is a form of mental abuse in which false information is presented with the intent of making a victim doubt his or her own memory, perception and sanity.

    Those who think gaslighting is funny are the same people who think bullying is funny, and the same people who think insults are funny.
    Ya I'm sarcastic. But I have seen a lot of gaslighting. I got mad at a best friend a year ago for always flaking out on plans and he tried to make me think I was just messed up for getting fussy about it. I think in the past I might have believed him, that's the scary part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zago View Post
    Gaslighting people is a hilarious and effective pastime.
    You do know that gaslighting people is a main feature in people with Borderline Personality Disorder right? Might wanna get that checked.

    XD

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alea_iacta_est View Post
    You do know that gaslighting people is a main feature in people with Borderline Personality Disorder right? Might wanna get that checked.

    XD
    Off topic, but I love personality disorder stories. A friend of a friend had histrionic, and she met her husband by saying "if you've got a dick to go with those arms, we're in business." Then she was married to him for like 3 years, at which point she falsely accused him of beating her to get a divorce and custody of the kids. He never touched her, but he did get a felony for it and had to take like a year's worth of behavioral management classes or something.

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    Gaslighting becomes a complicated concept when applied broadly. There are people who use it in the "classical" sense of deliberately falsifying information, but is all dismissal gas lighting?

    Where it becomes more complex is when two subjective, likely distorted, perspectives interact and begin to dismiss each other on grounds of not being reasoned. It's very much like the issue of passive-aggression which becomes similarly complex when applied broadly into all its possible manifestations.

    I doubt my own memory, assumptions, perceptions, and some of this second-guessing is a lack of confidence that has resulted from dismissal, and some is a healthy attempt to grow towards thinking more clearly with experience. In the same way that some of my own questioning is self-gaslighting and some is an attempt to apply reason, the same can be said of interactions between myself and others.
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