Remember, this not written in stone. Trying to tease out the differences. There will always be crossover between types. The following are illustrations of cases from each type of manipulative persuasion effort. I am not going to provide examples of each type.
According to the author of Fast Food Nation, big corporations are having children as young as five undergo MRI scans to determine how their brain reacts to advertisements.
Schlosser claims that sometimes brand logos are recognized by children long before they know their own name. Children in the U. Has Big Mac become Big Brother? Interested or intrigued parties might want to check out something like Quackwatch before getting involved with the likes of these organizations. Not only are these schemes plentiful and multiplying, but also they are now multinational, such as Herbalife, which turned to China for renewed success after the founder died. Numerous examples of this type of packaged persuasion are described in Cults in Our Midst.
One of the originals, Lifespring, was featured in a recent news story. They promise all these results. But the main result is that people who go through it praise Lifespring as the greatest thing ever and recruit new people to take the course and give Lifespring more money.
A disabled person, he was hoisted up, and then fell about 12 feet. What kind of leadership training is that? This example also reveals the now often-seen mix of New Age and Christian practices and beliefs. New Age publications and bulletin boards in coffeehouses and bookstores have ads for dog psychics, aura balancing, psychic readings, MasterPath teachings of light and sound, shamans offering soul journeys and body therapies, lectures on the emergence of Advanced Beings, Akashic record readings, direct transmission of Divine Energy, and work with crystals, pendulums, and personal mandalas.
There is no end to this, and it has been growing since the s, or even earlier. The clinic in Mexico where Coretta Scott King died is a nontraditional clinic offering alternate therapies to severely ill patients.
Treatments offered there include ozone and hydrogen peroxide therapy, biomagnetics, microwave hyperthermia, and others, none of which is approved by the FDA or the AMA.
The so-called medical director has no medical degree and in the past has been sentenced on three felony counts related to unapproved drugs and interstate commerce. Celebrities often get approached to attach their names to various efforts, thereby lending credibility.
Rosie had been had! Shortly after receiving the message, the girl hanged herself. These last two are excellent examples that the potential for disastrous outcomes exists even in Type I. In this type, we tend to see more of a hoax or a trick. It is characterized more by inducements to purchase something a service, product, course, or quick cure. Out of shame that a trusted family member, friend, or caregiver deceived and took advantage of them, elderly victims of financial abuse tend to keep these incidents hidden.
For that reason, the actual number of cases is hard to come by. About 80, cases were reported in , and more than two-thirds of the victims were defrauded by someone close to them. However, some cases do involve strangers. A close-knit and closed nomadic group known as the Irish Travellers are regarded as having a fair share of con artists and petty criminals among them. Not all the Travellers are criminals, but the non-criminal ones tend to cover up for the others.
Travellers have been accused of preying on the elderly, conning them into paying thousands of dollars for unnecessary work or jobs that never get finished. Not just public humiliation and degradation through emotional abuse and verbal violence, but countless injuries and even deaths have occurred during hazing rituals. These occur in fraternities and sororities on college campuses, but also sports, professional, and other organizations engage in these types of demeaning rituals.
Military initiation ceremonies have been known to be equally as dangerous. A recent story described a rookie soldier whose body was badly bitten by his squad-mates. In the dirty basement of the frat house on the last evening of Hell Week, Matthew Carrington died from an overdose of water, which caused the swelling of his brain and lungs. He collapsed in seizure; the frat brothers did not call right away. Later that evening, Matt died alone in the local hospital.
He eventually disabled all her cars to keep her from leaving, cut phone lines, and removed cell phone batteries. For more than four years, she endured whippings and had to serve him and kiss his hands and feet.
Two other former patients testified to signing similar contracts. This type involves long-term submission and dependence. An excellent portrayal of the types of degradations that are endured at a boot camp can be found in the book entitled, Jesus Land: Human trafficking and modern-day slavery: Today, there are an estimated 27 million slaves worldwide, with about 17, trafficked annually into the United States.
Trafficking victims are often lured from less-developed nations or regions of the world into supposed job opportunities elsewhere. They end up as sex slaves, domestic workers, field and factory laborers, and so on. Most often they are kept in check through physical and sexual abuse, as well as threats of violence against their families back home. No doubt we were all glad to hear of the multiple life terms in the recent sentencing of Michael Devlin, who kidnapped and sexually assaulted two young boys in Missouri, one for more than four years.
Devlin tortured the boy during his first days of captivity and made him promise not to flee in order to stay alive. Probably we all remember year-old Elizabeth Smart, kidnapped in by Brian David Mitchell, the self-styled polygamist prophet, in Salt Lake City in Smart was subjected to physical restraint, constant monitoring, threats, and emotional, physical, and sexual abuse.
She was found living with the fugitive in his mobile home, and she worked at a nearby chicken farm. Last year a case of a year-old girl sparked some interest along these lines.
The girl had been a runaway who sought help from this person, who then allegedly kept her against her will. No doubt most of us were stunned by the recent case of the man in Austria who imprisoned his daughter, fathered seven children with her, and ran his house like a dictator.
The name originated with a bank robbery in Sweden, where hostages were held in a vault for six days. People tend to blame the victim, which Dr. This year, social psychologist Richard Ofshe was called in on the review of a case of a borderline mentally retarded man who was coerced by police into writing a confession after a hour interrogation regarding the murder of a college student who lived next door. Power relationship child molestation: These situations are more extreme than the power relationships in Type II because they involve children, who do not have a choice or have not voluntarily entered into the relationship.
A prominent child psychiatrist who treated generations of troubled youth was accused of molesting three former patients, between the ages of 9 and 12, during their psychiatric sessions. There were nearly two dozen others who had also been molested by him, but their cases had exceeded the statute of limitations. In a terribly tragic case, a young boy, 16, murdered and dismembered his mother, at the suggestion of the year-old man who was sexually abusing him.
The molester wanted the boy to get rid of his mother so that the abuser could take the year-old and another younger boy with him to New York. In Karin Robidoux, a year member of a religious cult starved her 1-year-old son to death because she thought she was fulfilling a vision from God delivered to her via her sister-in-law.
In Kerry Noble, a 7-year member of the Covenant, Sword and the Arm of the Lord, a Christian Identity hate group, carried a briefcase filled with explosives into a gay church service in Kansas City, intending to blow it up. While sitting there, he realized what he was doing was wrong and it led to his departure from the movement. Martyrdom missions by extremists around the world are showing us once again the power of indoctrination programs that turn concerned individuals into hard-line killers.
In the summer of , the Helzer brothers and their roommate declared war on Satan and brutally murdered and dismembered five people in the San Francisco Bay Area. Both brothers have been sentenced to death. A family cult of another type was organized and controlled by a year-old man in Aromas, California. Another failed musician, he fathered six children with the three women who lived with him for about two decades.
He enticed them by offering them the opportunity to be in his band. Richard Monde could not be charged with bigamy as California, believe it or not, does not recognize common-law marriages, but he was charged with child molestation.
Malvo had been completely under the spell of Muhammed when he took part in the sniper shootings in Washington, DC in He was 17 at the time.
He had been more or less raised by Muhammed from the age of Malvo believed Muhammed when he told the boy that their goal was to create a utopian society for homeless children in Canada. In , year-old Malvo was sentenced to life in prison, several times over. From many recent autobiographies, documentaries, and news programs, as well as presentations at conferences such as this, we are learning a great deal about the lives of children in cults.
A sense of entrapment prevails, often accompanied by fears and anxieties that are inappropriate for a developing child. In A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, Ishmael Beah describes the horror of being taken captive and trained to shoot an AK and commit brutal acts, fueled by trauma and drugs.
Ishmael was 13 when he was kidnapped by the government army in Sierra Leone. His story is not unusual. In more than 50 violent conflicts worldwide, there are an estimated , child soldiers. After five years, she was able to escape, but her life has been permanently marked.
In an interview she describes how the urge to kill haunts her. I came across a fascinating article about a young man who was born and raised if you can call it that in a North Korean prison camp. He knew no other life for 24 years, until he escaped one day.
Beatings, torture, and executions were everyday fare, along with hard labor. He sometimes wishes he were back there as he finds life on the outside difficult. An ailing Japanese man came forward recently to describe how he and others in his Okinawan village were coerced by Imperial troops into committing murder and mass suicide.